In Nairobi on Saturday (July 25), Kenya's Minister for Commerce and Industry, Mr. James Osogo,?
In Nairobi on Saturday (July 25), Kenya's Minister for Commerce and Industry, Mr. James Osogo, and the Japanese Ambassador to Kenya, Mr. Byuichi Ando, signed an agreement for continued Japanese support for an industrial training institute at Nakuru.
The institute at Nakuru, in the Rift Valley about 85 miles (136 kms) northwest of Nairobi, was set up under a 1964 agreement between the two countries.
The four-year agreement was renewed for two years in 1968. Mr. Osogo announced on Saturday that the Japanese government had agreed to a further two-year extension.
Speaking at the signing ceremony at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry offices at Jogoo House, Mr. Osogo said that about 250 students had graduated from the institute whose courses include electricity, leatherwork and motor vehicle repair.
So far, about 400,000 East African pounds (about 23,500 sterling) had been spent on the institute, most of it contributed by the Japanese government.
Under the agreement the Japanese government provides machinery, equipment, tools and some Japanese teachers. The Kenya government - which set aside 39,000 East African pounds (about 2,300 sterling) last year for institute activities - also provides the Vice-principal, some technical staff, land, building, and suitable accommodation for Japanese staff.
Mr. Osogo called the institute a fine example of co-operation between the two countries, and pointed out that the majority of students were self-employed and had gone back to improve their businesses.
The Kenyan Minister said this was the kind of trained worker the country needed most.