Japanese Ambassador to Kenya, Ken Okaniwa, paid a courtesy visit to the County Government of Bomet this morning. This visit follows discussions initiated by  Bomet  county Governor Prof. Hillary Barchok during his recent visit to the ambassador’s office.

The visit underscores the commitment to fostering collaboration and mutual development between Japan and Bomet County, with a focus on agriculture and healthcare infrastructure.

The ambassador was received by Bomet County Governor, Prof. Hillary Barchok, who reiterated their commitment to enhancing bilateral cooperation between Japan and Kenya, a partnership that has significantly benefited Bomet County.

During the visit, Ambassador Okaniwa toured Motigo tea factory, where he gained insights into the tea production process. Acknowledging agriculture as the backbone of the Kenya economy, he affirmed Japan’s continuous support for Kenya’s agricultural endeavors.

The ambassador highlighted Japan’s substantial investments in Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, emphasizing its role in advancing agricultural research—a valuable resource for Bomet students eager to delve into agriculture.

The ambassador later visited the upcoming Dr. Joyce Laboso Mother and Child Wellness Center which is over 95% complete. He then proceeded to the Longisa County Referral Hospital. Bomet County government remains optimistic about potential Japanese support in equipping the hospital.

This visit marks a pivotal moment in the diplomatic relationship between Japan and county government of Bomet, setting a stage for continued collaboration and shared development goals.