Kenya & the EU
The European Union is a longstanding partner of Kenya, a committed and long-term strategic ally, providing a comprehensive range of trade, development, security and humanitarian support to build peace and prosperity in the country.
Together with its 28 member states, Europe makes the largest contribution of development assistance to Kenya and is its largest trading partner, with the European Union being the biggest consumer of Kenya’s exported goods.
European Union development assistance is supporting new born babies and farmers; devolution and access to justice; roads and energy infrastructure; access to affordable food and clean water; the urban poor and those living in Kenya’s remote regions.
The European Union supports Kenya’s leadership in the region, as an economic gateway and trade leader, and supporter of good governance. Alongside national policies, the European Union believes that development support is key to increasing prosperity but also recognises a growing role for the private sector, trade and investment.
European companies lead the way in investing in Kenya, generating thousands of jobs and tax revenue. The European Investment Bank provides long-term development loans, at generous rates, to support the building of energy and transport infrastructure.
From 2014 to 2020, the European Union will spend Euros 435 million, working closely with the Government of Kenya, to continue to improve key Infrastructure, agricultural development and food security, and to support governance that builds social unity.
Development assistance is only one pillar of the comprehensive partnership with Kenya. Kenya’s security is dependent on regional stability and is important to the security of Europe.
The European Union is the largest supporter of the peace process in Somalia, including in financial support to the African Union Mission to Somalia. We also strongly support regional institutions of security and stability.
The European Union's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection agency, ECHO, responds quickly to emergencies and seeks to tackle the underlying causes of malnutrition, recurring famine and refugee issues in Kenya and the wider region.
Above all, Europeans are invested in a relationship with the people of Kenya, a close cultural and social relationship that will last for many decades to come.