NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Senegalese President Macky Sall has given a
strong endorsement of China-funded Standard Gauge Railway (SGR)
linking Kenya’s port city of Mombasa to the capital, Nairobi.
Sall who toured the construction site of the SGR project on the
outskirts of Nairobi accompanied by several cabinet members said
the mega infrastructure project dovetailed with Africa’s
socio-economic transformation agenda.
"China has made significant contribution to Africa’s economic
progress through infrastructure development. We need roads,
railway lines, bridges and power plants to realize growth," Sall
Senior Kenyan officials and Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, Liu
Xianfa joined the Senegalese president during his tour to assess
progress in the implementation of the SGR project.
Executives from China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) that
is implementing the 472 kilometer high speed railway were also
in the trip.
African countries are keen on partnership with China in
diverse areas like trade, infrastructure development,
establishment of industrial parks and technology transfer.
Sall noted that the China-funded modern railway that will
eventually link Kenya to neighboring countries is an inspiration
to other African countries that are aspiring to leapfrog.
"I am happy with the progress of the SGR project’s
implementation which is in line with a continental vision of
developing major infrastructure projects to boost trade,
integration and industrialization," said Sall.
He added that the SGR project is an excellent model of
China-Africa cooperation in modernization of transport
Sall told reporters that he will present Africa’s common
position to the gathering of leaders from major economies during
the upcoming G20 summit to be held in east China’s Hangzhou city
He reiterated that Africa is looking for strategic
partnerships rather than foreign aid to catapult it to the next
frontier of socio-economic progress.