The British government Tuesday pledged to help Kenya fully exploit its potential to generate renewable energy, which the East African nation intends to use as the main engine for its economic growth. The UK made the pledge when its Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey, met Prime Minister Raila Odinga in London on Tuesday, according to a news dispatch from the Prime Minister's Press Service (PMPS).
Responding to Odinga's appeal for developed countries to ensure that climate change funds actually flow to Africa, Davey said he shared the frustration of Kenyans.
Britain has put aside over Sh380.6 billion (about 2.9 billion pounds) for climate financing for the period up to 2015.
He said the UK would send a low carbon trade mission to Kenya in early October, and expressed the hope that the mission would result in advancing prospects for UK companies wishing to invest in green energy in Kenya.
He added that the UK was also keen to collaborate with Kenya in exploring oil resources effectively to the benefit of all Kenyans.
Davey said Britain acknowledged the progressive voice of Kenya that has helped advance climate change negotiations, saying he agreed with Odinga that Kenya had a huge potential for geothermal and solar energy. He added that the UK had some funds which it is keen to invest in game changer renewable energy projects.
He pledged to have the UK work with Kenya closely in future negotiations.
Odinga, who arrived in London Tuesday to join the Kenyan Olympic team, will also hold meetings with various political and business leaders.