By David Musyoka NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Beijing and Guangzhou cities in China are
becoming popular destinations for Kenyan entrepreneurs, who have
established a niche in the Chinese cities.
unique and durable construction materials to furniture and
leather products, to second hand clothes, this is evident by the
frequent Kenya Airways flights to Guangzhou every week.
A spot check at most
of these flights en route to Guangzhou reveals that majority of
the passengers are Kenyans who are either going for a business
trip, seminar, or importing goods from the one of the world’s
According to one of
the Kenya Airways (KQ) flight cabin crew, none of the KQ flights
has ever flew Guangzhou with less than 50 Kenyans.
“You can check the
records in our office. The city has become a second home for
Kenyan entrepreneurs,” said the cabin crew as she boarded the 11
p.m. plane to Guangzhou.
And this is evident
by the adverts placed on local dailies inviting entrepreneurs
wishing to travel to the big city. The entrepreneurs are offered
subsidized costs in hotel books and air ticket on a first come
Xinhua caught up
with Dinah Konzole, a Kenyan entrepreneur on her way to the Jomo
Kenyatta International Airport rushing to book the last flight
to China on a Wednesday evening.
entrepreneur who owns one of the largest boutique (beauty shop)
in Kenya said she never misses to travel to the big city once or
twice a month.
“I’m a frequenter
flier. I love this city. The environment is conducive and people
here are welcoming. The infrastructure is quite amazing ranging
from the buildings, the roads, wow,” said Konzole.
She imports ladies
handbags, shoes, clothes, jewelries and beauty products.
another Kenyan business entrepreneur said it is six years since
he established a business in Beijing.
The founder of China
Africa Merchants Advisors limited, a trade and investment
advisory firm which operates in China, Kenya and Zambia, said
his company assists Chinese companies to secure commodities in
Africa while handling the procurement of capital equipment and
sourcing of financing in China for African companies.
According to Riungu,
his business has been doing well given that it was established
as a result of gap in the market.
He said Beijing is a
popular city to many Kenyans who visit it more often.
constantly a growing city. You set up a business, it catches up
very fast so long you establish your relations with the good
hearted people around here,” Riungu said in an recent interview
Some other Kenyan
business entrepreneurs have come together to mobilize funds for
air tickets and hotel bookings to enable them to attend business
seminars and import goods as well.
The team of 27
businessmen and women who are dealers in construction materials
and furniture shops said they have a joint account in which they
make deposits every month to enable them to attend the seminars
“The seminars open
our mind to think globally and make the right decisions in our
business. Last year we attend the China-Africa business summit
held in Guangzhou which brought all business people across the
world. It was an opportunity for us to network and even sign big
business deals,” said Joakim Olando, an entrepreneur based in