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Kenya’s economy is set to receive a significant boost as the World Bank announces a $12 billion support package over the next three years. The funding aims to alleviate the strain on Kenya’s public finances, affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and climate-induced droughts.

In a statement on Monday, the World Bank outlined the commitment, contingent on approval from its executive directors and other factors influencing its lending capacity. This financial lifeline is part of the World Bank’s dedication to assisting Kenya in its pursuit of upper-middle-income status by 2030.

Keith Hansen, World Bank Country Director, clarified that the $12 billion comprises existing funds from entities such as the International Development Association, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Finance Corporation, and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency. It also incorporates anticipated contributions over the next three years.

Hansen provided insight into potential areas of investment, stating, “This will likely include Development Policy Operations as well as new investments in sectors such as energy, health, transport, and water.”

Kenya, grappling with liquidity challenges exacerbated by uncertainties surrounding a $2 billion Eurobond maturing in June, received a recent boost from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The staff-level agreement with the IMF unlocked immediate access to a $682 million tranche, expanding the existing lending program by $938 million.

“We want to make clear the likely magnitude of resources Kenya can count on, given the government’s recent announcements and the IMF staff agreement,” Hansen emphasized.

The fate of Kenya’s economic recovery hinges on the approval of the World Bank’s executive directors and the successful execution of proposed investments across crucial sectors. The pledged support offers a glimmer of hope for a more resilient economic future.

Photo (Modern Diplomacy)

By: Montel Kamau
Serrari Financial Analyst
20th November, 2023

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