(Xinhua) -- Chinese State Councilor
Wang Yong will attend a ceremony in Kenya to mark the completion
of the railway linking Mombasa and Nairobi, a Chinese Foreign
Ministry spokesperson said Friday.
At the invitation of
the Kenyan government, Wang will be in Kenya from May 30 to June
1 as the special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping,
spokesperson Lu Kang said at a daily press briefing.
The railway from Mombasa to Nairobi, the flagship project of
China-Kenya practical cooperation, will be open to traffic on
May 31, Lu said.
He said China is ready to work with Kenya to implement the
outcomes of the Johannesburg summit of the Forum on China-Africa
Cooperation, push forward the Belt and Road Initiative and
capacity cooperation, strengthen friendly cooperation of mutual
benefit in various fields, and bring bilateral ties to a new
Wang will also visit Niger, Angola and Zambia from June 1 to
June 9 at the invitation of the three countries’ governments, Lu
Sino-Kenya ties to spur
economic growth: Chinese official
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Growing Sino-Kenya ties are going to boost
Kenya’s economic growth, a Chinese embassy official said on
Economic and Commercial counselor at the Chinese Embassy in
Kenya Guo Ce said in a commentary published in a local daily
that nearly half of all Kenya’s 30 flagship projects under the
national economic blue print Vision 2030 are due to the close
"Along the Kenyan coast, following in the more than 600 year
old footsteps of the great navigator of the Ming Dynasty Zheng
He, one can find three projects that bear witness of the
benefits of the bilateral cooperation," Guo said.
Guo said that the Chinese funded Mombasa-Nairobi Standard
Gauge Railway is Kenya’s largest project since independence and
is a crucial part of East Africa’s railway network.
"By the end of last year, the construction of the 480
kilometer railroad had created 42,000 jobs for Kenyans, of whom
42.3 percent are technical and management staff," the Chinese
official said in the commentary published in the Daily Nation.
The SGR will become both a regional artery of communication
and a link to the adjacent industrial parks and special economic
Guo said that through the SGR, Kenya is on a faster track to
achieve a booming economic belt of modern manufacturing and
Other Kenyan projects undertaken through a Chinese
concessional loan is the Kenya Power Distribution System
Modernization Project in the coastal region of Malindi.
"Since 2015, it has supplied 300,000 people and industrial
projects in the River Tana with stable, high-quality
electricity," Guo added.
Beijing has also supported the geothermal project at Olkaria,
which is considered a model for "South-South cooperation" by
former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The 145 geothermal boreholes raised Kenya’s power generation
capacity by 20 percent, cutting the overall power cost by 30
China is Kenya’s largest trading partner, contractor source
country and loan provider and the fastest-growing source of