The new British High Commissioner to Kenya, Neil Wigan OBE, arrived in Nairobi on August 14 to take up his position at the British High Commission Nairobi.
Wigan succeeds Jane Marriott and assumes office during a pivotal time in UK-Kenya ties marked by a surge in UK aid spending there.
Wigan emphasized his satisfaction upon his arrival, emphasizing the fact that his kids had attended school in the nation’s capital.
“It has been a long-term ambition of mine to lead the team at the British High Commission in Nairobi. I first visited Kenya in 1977, my children went to school in Nairobi, and I have visited Kenya many times, for work and pleasure. I am delighted to have returned, and am looking forward to exploring magical Kenya,” he said.
He expressed his eagerness to collaborate with the Kenyan government on the strategic partnership’s top priorities, particularly the Sh500 billion UK investment in clean-energy infrastructure projects like the Grand High Falls Dam, Menengai Geothermal Plant, and the Malindi Solar Expansion project.
“These projects, among others, will improve the lives of Kenyans, boost sustainable development and help tackle climate change. I look forward to seeing these projects and other UK-Kenya partnerships,” he added.
“Across the partnership, there are further opportunities for us to go far, together. Tufaulu Pamoja!”
He takes up his post at an exciting time for UK-Kenya relations, with the relationship between both countries and peoples going from strength to strength.