By Christine Lagat NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Two social enterprises in Kenya and Rwanda have
secured new funding to improve access to affordable sanitation
services to low-income urban dwellers.
A statement from
multilateral agencies and philanthropies behind the new funding
issued on Thursday said that Sanivation of Kenya and Pivot Works
from Rwanda will each receive 290,000 U.S. dollars and 1 million
dollars respectively to promote access to basic sanitation in
low-income urban settlements.
The two enterprises
are part of five projects spread across Africa, Asia and Latin
America that will benefit from a multi-million financing program
called Urban Sanitation Challenge launched at the ongoing UN
General Assembly to address global sanitation crises.
“New funding from
the Urban Sanitation Challenge will enable Sanivation, a social
enterprise, to scale up its sanitation services in Naivasha,
Kenya, reaching 2,500 users with affordable and serviceable
toilets,” read the statement.
Sanivation has been
installing modern and hygienic container based toilets in
Naivasha residential premises for free and only charges a modest
monthly fee to service them.
enterprise pioneered conversion of human waste into
high-performing fuel briquettes hence reducing environmental
pollution in the resort town located 70 kilometers northwest of
the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
On its part, the
Pivot Works of Rwanda pioneered innovative management of human
waste in the Rwandan capital Kigali by converting it into
The new funding will
enable the social enterprise to scale up its sanitation services
to an estimated 700,000 low-income Kigali residents.
“Pivot works will
refine its fecal sludge conversion process and extend operations
of its pit latrine emptying service citywide, reaching a
capacity to empty 12,000 pits annually,” noted the statement.
Kenya and China sign tax treaty
to boost bilateral ties
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya and China on Thursday signed an agreement
on the avoidance of double taxation that aims to boost bilateral
commercial ties, Kenyan officials said.
Cabinet Secretary in
the National Treasury Henry Rotich told a media briefing in
Nairobi that the deal will create certainty to the tax payers on
the taxation of various cross-border incomes derived from either
“The agreement aims
to boost trade and investments between China and Kenya by
ensuring investors who pay tax in one jurisdiction should not
pay tax again in the other jurisdiction,” Rotich said.
The tax treaty was
negotiated and concluded during a meeting by top officials of
both nations that was held in Beijing in November 2016.
Rotich said that the
deal will increase the flow of Chinese capital into Kenya as
Chinese investors will find Kenya as a favorable taxation
He noted that the
agreement comes at an ideal time when Kenya is wooing Chinese
investors looking for low cost manufacturing destinations.
National Trade Policy we have developed polices that aim to
create incentives for foreign manufacturers including those from
China to set up operations in Kenya,” he said.
official noted that benefits of the agreement will far outweigh
the loss of tax revenue.
to Kenya Liu Xianfa said that the tax agreement will enhance
Kenya’s position as a favorite destination for Chinese
“I believe more
Chinese will invest in Kenya and in the process create more
employment opportunities and skill transfer to locals,” Liu
Liu noted that the
agreement will strengthen existing cooperation between the tax
administrations of both nations through capacity building and
Uganda eyes China to fast track
mineral sector development
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Uganda says it has vast amounts of minerals and
is now looking at China to finance the rapid development of the
Uganda’s minister of state in charge of the sector, told Xinhua
on Tuesday that he is scheduled to travel to China where he will
highlight the east African country’s potential.
He will be making a
presentation at China Mining Congress and Expo 2017, scheduled
for Sept. 23-25 in Tianjin.
The conference will
be hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Land and Resources and
bring together government and business experts in the mineral
sector from across the globe.
“We have made
investment friendly,” Lokeris said. “Where we see weaknesses in
our legal framework, we always amend in order to make sure we
Lokeris said there
are already positive results from China.
A Chinese company,
Guangzhou Dongsong Energy Group Ltd., is constructing a 620
million U.S. dollar fertilizer factory in the eastern Ugandan
district of Tororo.
Once completed, the
factory will create over 1,000 jobs and also earn the country
millions of dollars, according to government figures.
diversified... They are going to have about four plants
(factories) within the same complex,” Lokeris said, referring to
the Tororo fertilizer project.
Lokeris said that
although Uganda’s minerals sector is strong, it needs to be
fully developed in order to fast track the country’s
“There are a lot of
opportunities in this country. It is the natural resources which
should enrich this country since we have them in abundance,” he
According to Uganda
Chamber of Mines and Petroleum (UCMP), a non-governmental
organization, Uganda enjoys a wealth of mineral deposits
including gold, vermiculite, copper, graphite, iron ore, tin,
tantalite, tungsten, nickel, platinum, graphite, limestone, and
phosphates among others.
Lokeris said Uganda
and other African countries must seize the opportunity of the
continent being the choice of investment on the international
“All pointers are to
Africa. People from the West, East are coming to Africa. This is
the new-found land. It is a green field,” he said.