- June 2, 2018
- Posted by: Benson Thuita
- Category: Uncategorized
H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta was on 23rd May 2018 awarded the Babacar Ndiaye Grand Trophy by the ‘Africa Road Builders’ at the AfDB Annual Meetings taking place in Busan, South Korea. The ceremony was held at the Hyatt Hotel, Busan, South Korea. H.E the President was awarded the Babacar Ndiaye Grand Trophy for championing construction and implementation of three key Regional Integration Infrastructure Projects namely:
(1) LAPSSET Corridor Program where construction of Lamu Port 1st 3 Berths is currently at 48% completion rate.
(2) Standard Gauge Railway whose construction of phase one, Mombasa – Nairobi line has been completed and
(3) Various regional Road Infrastructure Projects whose construction works are currently ongoing countrywide.
Each of the Infrastructure areas was also awarded trophies as part of the Grand Trophy awarded to H.E. the President. The three regional integration Infrastructure lots are seen as key drivers to the Transport and Trade and 4th industrial Revolution of the African continent going forward.
The Awards were presented by the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Dr. Akinwumi Adesina PhD. The Awards were received on behalf of H.E. the President by Mr. Jackson Kinyanjui the Director General, External Resources at the National Treasury, Mr. Silvester Kasuku, Director General / CEO LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority and Mrs. Alice Kirenge, Board Member of LCDA.
The Babacar Ndiaye Grand Trophy Award is an annual event that was conceptualized in 2016. The event is organized and sponsored by the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group as an appreciation of Heads of State in Africa who are improving regional integration & trade by championing construction and development of trans-boundary transport infrastructure projects so as to connect markets in a particular region. These trans-boundary projects include new trade corridors where businesses will grow and prosper together in an investment friendly environment.
The award event 2018 took place in Busan, South Korea from 21st to 25th May, 2018 during the 53rd Board of Governors Annual General Meeting and the 44th Annual Meeting of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group. The theme of the 2018 event was “Transport and Industrial Transformation of Africa”. The event was attended by various leaders from various institutions from around the globe including Ministers, Board of Directors of both government Agencies and private firms, Chief Executive Officers, opinion leaders and different representatives of various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
The objectives of the event are: to promote modern and efficient roads, rail and other transport methods for a developed Africa; to stimulate greater mobility of both good and people in Africa; and to promote, around the road and transport innovative services that contribute to boosting the African economy.