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Volume 404: debated on Thursday 1 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment her Department has made of Kenya's progress towards meeting World bank and IMF targets for reform and policy changes on corruption, reform of the judicial and legal system and macro-economic framework; and what time-frame she expects for increases in financial assistance through (a) the IMF, (b) the World bank and (c) her Department. [110733]

The new Kenyan Government have made a good start in developing their policies to tackle corruption, reform the legal sector, stimulate economic growth and improve basic services. Tough decisions are needed to implement them. Provided these are taken, I would expect to see increased financial assistance from both the IMF and World bank within the next few months. My Department has already responded to the new opportunities for poverty reduction in Kenya by providing an additional £10 million to support the implementation of universal primary education. This brought total DFID spending in Kenya to over £40 million in 2002–03.