Global motorsport body pledges support for Kenya's road safety

NAIROBI, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- World Motorsport Federation (FIA) on Wednesday announced a plan to support Kenya's road safety and climate change adaptation programs ahead of next year's Safari Rally.

Visiting FIA president Jean Todt who held talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi said Kenya is a key partner of his organization and pledged to continue working closely with the government to ensure that the return of the Safari Rally contributes to the socioeconomic progress of the country.

Todt, who is also the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General on Road Safety, is in the country to assess Kenya's preparedness ahead of the World Rally Championship event which makes a comeback after 18 years.

According to a statement issued after the meeting, the two leaders discussed several other programs of mutual interest between FIA including the ongoing digitization of vehicle number plates so as to enhance enforcement of road safety measures.

On his part, Kenyatta welcomed the offer by the FIA, saying a road safety campaign will be rolled out ahead of next year's Safari Rally.

He regretted the postponement of the rally to next year due to COVID-19, saying Kenya will be better prepared to host the iconic global motorsport event.

Kenyatta thanked Todt for overseeing the Safari Rally's return to the global stage saying the achievement raised Kenya's profile as a sporting nation.

Also discussed was the partnership between FIA and the Kenyan private sector in the manufacture of certified motorsport gear such as helmets.

The Kenya event was due to return to the WRC calendar for the first time since 2002, scheduled as the eighth round on July 16-19 on the original WRC schedule.

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