Kenya and the European Commission have discussed their intent to pursue a financing agreement for the construction of the Green Mobility-Nairobi core bus rapid transit line 3 (BRT 3), which will put in place the first dedicated electric bus rapid transit lane in East Africa.

The matter was discussed on Wednesday when President William Ruto engaged in talks with the leadership of the European Union and European Commission at EU Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

During his meeting with Charles Michel, President of the European Council, both leaders expressed their commitment to strengthening the strategic partnership between Kenya and the EU. 

Michel commended Kenya for its democratic credentials, highlighting the country's leading role in pursuing regional peace and security while fostering an enabling investment environment for green growth. 

He pledged to support Kenya in leading the reset of EU-Africa relations and shaping new geo-strategic relations. Additionally, Michel reaffirmed the bloc's support for an African Union seat at the G20 and committed to finalizing and signing the Post Cotonou agreement, the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPs).

At the Commission, Ruto discussed matters with Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice President and Commissioner for Trade of the EU, and Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships.

They agreed to finalize the Economic Partnership Agreement within two months and explore the establishment of financing instruments to address the climate crisis and respond to the stress experienced by African countries, including debt, food, and energy.

The leaders committed to mobilizing investments targeting Small and Medium Enterprises and youth innovators in various sectors, including agriculture, industry, transport, renewable energy, and women's empowerment.

Ruto reiterated Kenya's commitment to a green transition in line with its climate change mitigation plan.