NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The inaugural China-Africa Industrial
Capacity Cooperation Expo, which concluded in Kenya’s
Nairobi on Saturday, has seen a strong interest in
Sino-African industrial cooperation.
expo has attracted more than 50 Chinese firms drawn from
diverse sectors to showcase their products and services.
It also featured interactive sessions between Chinese
and African firms keen to forge partnerships.
Mohamed, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Trade, Industry
and Cooperatives, said the Nairobi expo reinforced the
critical role of China to advance industrial progress in
China-Africa forum happening for the first time on the
African continent symbolizes the confidence China has on
Africa and its desire to deepen that partnership to a
higher level,” Mohamed said.
four-day event, African officials also participated in
roundtables aimed at showcasing investment opportunities
in their home countries to Chinese investors.
Director of Kenya Investment Authority Moses Ikiara said
the expo offered a platform for both sides to explore
new partnerships that can unleash mutual benefits.
African countries will be able to tap into China’s
strength in areas of technology, manpower and finance to
develop a strong manufacturing base,” Ikiara remarked.
that implementation of China’s Belt and Road Initiative
will spur industrial progress in Africa while
modernizing the continent’s economies.
The expo has
attracted delegations from 30 African countries that
were keen to gain understanding of China’s manufacturing
Tadesse, Investment Promotion Team Leader at Ethiopia
Investment Commission (EIC), said the expo was held at
an opportune moment when African countries were keen to
harness China’s expertise, capital and technological
edge to establish robust industrial parks.
investments in our priority sectors like manufacturing,
infrastructure and agro-processing are timely to help
drive economic growth and create employment for skilled
youth,” said Tadesse.
investors who participated in the Nairobi expo expressed
optimism about emerging opportunities in Africa.
Sales Director of Shenzhen-based Romer Environmental
Protection, said Africa presents new opportunities for
Chinese investors thanks to rising purchasing power
occasioned by strong economic growth.
Qiu said his
company, engaging in sea water desalination and borehole
water purification, has received orders from Kenyan
clients wishing to purchase water treatment technologies
to deal with water-borne diseases.
already ventured into four African countries and are
confident our returns on investment will be guaranteed,”
Qiu told Xinhua.
orders from large companies and individuals who
expressed confidence in our water purifiers. There is a
possibility of setting up a factory in Kenya in the near
future,” said Qiu.
chief of the Office for Asia and the Pacific at the
International Trade Centre (ITC), said both China and
its African partners should establish mechanisms of
sharing best practices and expertise required to promote