Norway foreign minister H.e Espen Barth Eide commits to support Kenya’s e-mobility agenda

Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs – His Excellency Espen Barth Eide has committed Norway’s support in Kenya’s e-mobility sector.

Eide, who is on an official visit to Kenya, visited BasiGo’s Buru Buru Charging and Service Depot on Thursday 6th June, 2024 as part of showcasing the strong partnerships between Kenya and Norway in the area of sustainable development.

“Our visit to BasiGo is a testament to Norway’s commitment to supporting Kenya’s growth through strategic investments. We are excited about the future possibilities that our continued partnerships can bring to the region and especially e-mobility,” said Eide.

H.E. Espen Barth Eide, the Norwegian Foreign Minister inside a locally assembled BasiGo electric bus when he visited their charging depot in Buru buru on Thursday 6thJune, 2024.

The transport sector is a contributor to carbon emissions and transitioning to electric vehicles presents a sustainable solution to mitigate environmental degradation and address the negative effects of climate change. “Together, we are not only fostering economic growth but also ensuring that we contribute to a safer and more sustainable public transport system in Kenya,” said Jit Bhattacharya, CEO and Co-Founder of BasiGo.

Kenya plays a crucial role in Norfund’s development mandate and has reinforced its dedication to Kenya with a contracted portfolio totaling to USD 307 million (KSh 40.2 billion).

Since its inception, Norfund has been a key investor in Novastar’s funds and has committed to the new fund launching in 2024. Norfund’s commitment total USD 18 million (KSh 3.2 billion) across Novastar’s three funds.

“Trade between Norway and Kenya increased by 30 per cent between 2021 and 2022, and the balance of trade is in Kenya’s favour. About 45 Norwegian companies are operating here – dealing with fertilizers and agritech, ICT, startups in different sectors, and renewable energy,” added Eide.

BasiGo has deployed 24 Electric Buses with 7 different bus operators in Nairobi. The company plans to deploy 1,000 locally assembled E-Buses for Kenyan bus operators over the next three years, an investment that will create 300 green manufacturing jobs in Kenya. Already, BasiGo has over 500 orders from bus operators in Nairobi and an additional 100 reservations from bus operators in Kigali, Rwanda.

H.E. Espen Barth Eide – the Norwegian Foreign Minister alights from a locally assembled BasiGo electric bus after touring their charging depot in Buru buru where he witnessed state-of-the-art EV charging infrastructure.

Norfund is the Norwegian Investment Fund funded by the Norwegian Government for developing countries. Their  mission is to create jobs and to improve lives by investing in businesses that drive sustainable development. .

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