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Bill, Melinda Gates Foundation to set up regional office in Nairobi
16/11/2022 22:14 in Business

The Melinda and Bill Foundation has announced plans to set up a regional office in Nairobi.

State House made the revelation after billionaire businessman Bill Gates who is on a tour of Kenya met President William Ruto on Wednesday. He did not given a timeline. 

"The regional office will expand and enhance the Foundation's work in healthcare, agriculture and ICT in Kenya," a statement released by State House said. 

 

Gates co-chairs the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with his estranged wife Melinda.

The foundation has for over 20 years been involved in fighting poverty, disease and inequality around the world.

Ruto commended the foundation for its work and impact in Kenya.

"We appreciate the Gate's Foundation support for crucial initiatives in Kenya's health, agriculture and ICT sectors. We look forward to more collaboration on food security and universal health coverage," Ruto said.

He added that Kenya is committed to allocating more resources to community health workers to enhance primary healthcare in the country, a key component of the Universal Health Coverage programme.

The Microsoft co-founder arrived in the country on for a series of engagements including a visit to Makueni county where he met governor Mutula Kilonzo Jnr.

It is his first visit since he was last in Kenya 12 years ago.

 

The former world's richest man commended President Ruto on his ambitious Sh50 billion Hustler Fund set to be launched on November 30.

Gates said the fund will financially empower ordinary Kenyans generate an income and create wealth.

“We look forward to seeing its success,” Gates said.

 
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