President Uhuru Kenyatta has welcomed a proposal to have Kenya and Chinese Government officials hold bi-annual meetings, saying the move would boost the partnership between the two countries.
The President said the meetings would provide an avenue for the two countries to discuss priority projects and streamline implementation to ensure they are completed on time and within the set budget.
The Kenyan delegation is expected in Beijing next week for the first meeting.
President Kenyatta was speaking at State House, Nairobi, during a meeting with a high-powered delegation from China that was led by the China Exim Bank Chair Ms Hu Xiaolian.
The President thanked the Bank for its past support, which includes funding for the Standard Gauge Railway, the Eastern bypass, and the Thika Superhighway.
Speaking at the meeting, the chair of the China Exim Bank praised President Kenyatta’s ambitious plans for Kenya’s infrastructure and commended his strong leadership in seeing them through.
She said that China remained committed to supporting Kenya’s development, adding that her Bank would consider a variety of means by which funding would be made available to support that development.
“We understand your financial demands and we will work to expedite and allocate financial support accordingly so that you can implement your flagship projects. We believe these projects have a direct impact on the socio-economic growth of Kenya,” Ms Hu said.
Cabinet Secretaries Henry Rotich (National Treasury), Adan Mohammed (Industrialization), James Macharia (Transport and Infrastructure) and Charles Keter (Energy and Petroleum) attended the meeting.