Priti Patel visits Mombasa and Lokore during Kenya visit

Priti Patel in Mombasa
Priti Patel visits Mombasa Port where she sees how UKaid is breaking down the barriers to trade and increasing Kenya’s exports. Photo: Twitter/DFID_UK

British Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel, has continued her Kenya visit by visiting Mombasa Port and Lokore Dispensary.

After arriving on Friday when she got a first hand demonstration of how mPesa works and discussed water and sanitation projects with local community entrepreneurs in Mukuru, she has continued seeing how UK aid supports Kenyan projects which have a positive impact on the local community.

Yesterday, the MP for Witham visited Lokore Dispensary to see how UKaid is supporting healthcare, tackling malnutrition and preventing malaria in Kenya.

She also met Kenyan traders who, thanks to UKaid and support from the Department for International Development (DfID) are able to earn a living.

Today, she visited Mombasa Port where she saw how UK aid having a positive impact on the running of the port. She saw freshly tarmaced roads, newly built quays and brand new scanners that her department are paying for to make it easier for goods to flow in and out of this port.

The aim is to help support Kenya’s economic development so that one day it can alleviate its own poverty without outside help.

This included learning about the work of TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) which is an organisation funded by a range of development agencies with the aim of growing prosperity in East Africa through trade.

From past comments, it is clear that this is the kind of aid that Ms Patel likes: bilateral, targeted and above all, easily measurable.

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