A visiting senior official of the ruling Communist Party of China CPC has reiterated that the long and historic ties between his country and Kenya has transformed and will continue to positively impact the lives of ordinary citizens.
According to the executive deputy head of publicity department of the CPC central committee Mr. Wang Xiaohui, the cooperation between the countries has yielded so much even as he disclosed that there are more than 400 Chinese enterprises operating in Kenya currently. In all these enterprises, Mr. Wang said 92 percent of the employees are local people.
“When it comes to China-Kenya cooperation, there is great potential and we have witnessed a lot of progress. Our economic and technological cooperation will bring more employment to the people.” he said.
He also cited the preliminary effect of the Mombasa–Nairobi standard gauge railway line, constructed with the help of Chinese government, which he said has so far created more than 46,000 jobs.
His sentiments were further echoed by the Chinese ambassador to Kenya Dr. Liu Xianfa who said China has become the largest trading partner, project manufacturer, and source of development for Kenya in recent times.
“We believe that we are implementing strategies put forward at the national congress where China’s growth will avail more opportunities to the outside world. This will inject new vitality into China-Kenya comprehensive strategic partnership and cooperation,” he said
Addressing a joint CPC and Kenya’s ruling Jubilee Party seminar in Nairobi, Wang disclosed that China had invested 1.19 billion US dollars in Kenya by the end of 2015.
During this period, Wang, who is also the deputy director of Central Policy Research Office of the CPC, said the two countries had witnessed an ever-growing mutual trust, robust economic and trade cooperation and people-to-people exchanges.
“In the first half of 2017, our bilateral trade reached 2.46 billion USD up by 37.2 percent over the same period in the previous year,” he noted.
Wang observed that great progress in the China-Kenya ties has been recorded in the area of infrastructure and interconnectivity.
“China has become the largest source of investment, trading partner and project contractor of Kenya.”
He was quick to point out that one of the aims of making the visit to Kenya is to improve mutual learning even as he acknowledged that his delegation held discussions with top government officials and “we have pinpointed some concrete projects”.
“We arrived at a consensus that cooperation between the two countries should be pragmatic,” he said.
Mr. Wang and Dr. Liu applauded Kenya for being part of the Belt and Road Initiative, championed by China, saying the framework promotes the building of a community of shared future. Under the initiative, the two said Kenya will make great progress.
Wang maintained that China will remain a true friend and a reliable partner of Kenya and Africa even as he revisited the significant role played by the Forum on China Africa Cooperation, FOCAC. He lauded the forum as one that provides an opportunity for dialogue and practical cooperation. This year’s FOCAC meeting will be hosted by China.
“The essence of the meeting is to integrate closely china’s growth and Africa’s growth so as to achieve common prosperity,” he said.
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