NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
China’s Romer Environmental Protection Company,
which is a market leader in sea water desalination and borehole
water purification intends to enlarge its footprint in the
Kenyan market, executives said on Thursday.
Qiu Fan, the
company’s Sales Director said in Nairobi the decision to venture
into Kenya’s water market was informed by the country’s stable
macro-economic environment, friendly policies and higher
purchasing power among citizens.
“Our research has
shown that demand for water purification technologies in Kenya
has gone up as the country grapples water-borne diseases. Our
technologies will help improve access to safe drinking water in
the country,” said Qiu.
He spoke to Xinhua
on the sidelines of the ongoing China-Africa Industrial Capacity
Cooperation Expo where more than 50 Chinese companies are
showcasing their products and services to local clients.
Qiu said that Romer
Environment Protection Company Limited is scouting for a local
partner to expand its presence in Kenya’s nascent market for
water treatment technologies.
“We intend to
establish a factory here in Kenya in the near future and so far,
we have received a positive feedback from local clients who
include large companies and mid-sized retailers,” Qiu told
He revealed that the
Shenzhen based water desalination and treatment company that
started operations in 2009 has so far spread tentacles to four
African countries - Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya.
Protection Company Limited participated in the October Nairobi
International Trade Fair and its products were recognized by
local users. “We believe Kenyans are ready to use our
technologies to purify water and contain the cholera epidemic
that has escalated this year,” said Qiu.
The company’s state
of the art equipments have in-built reverse osmosis and
ultra-violet water treatment technologies that have gained
traction globally due to their low carbon footprint.
According to Qiu, a
small-sized desalination equipment that can purify 1,000 liters
of sea water per day costs 6,000 U.S. dollars.
“We also have a
small borehole water purifier that can also be solar powered and
retails at 2,000-3,000 dollars. This equipment can purify up to
3,000 litres of water,” Qiu told Xinhua.
He revealed that his
company intends to use Kenya as a launching pad for regional
Kenya’s market for
water treatment technologies is rapidly expanding thanks to
health consciousness among educated urban middle classes.
Julia Akinyi, the
Romer Environmental Protection Company Limited sales
representative in Kenya said demand for water purification
gadgets has soared in the light of water-borne disease crisis
witnessed in the country lately.
“So many people have
been placing orders for the water purifiers during the ongoing
expo.It is a testimony that Kenya is becoming a formidable
market for imported water treatment technologies,” Akinyi said.
Chinese embassy offers love and
care to Kenyan orphans
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Chinese embassy in Kenya on Thursday donated
living necessities valued at over 9,000 U.S. dollars to a
Nairobi-based children’s home.
The donation to the
Thomas Barnados Children’s Home included foodstuff, detergents,
stationery, milk, juices and beverages that will be used to
cater for the needs of over 200 children to whom the facility is
the only home they know.
The orphanage is the
flagship project of Kenya Children’s Homes and is home to up to
200 orphaned, destitute and abandoned babies and children
ranging in age from infancy to above 18, some of whom are now
studying in universities and returning to stay on weekends.
Guo Ce, Economic and
Commercial Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, said
caring for children is not only a common concern of both Kenya
and China, but also an important cause that has been constantly
promoted by the Chinese Embassy over the years.
establishment, the institution has been tirelessly and earnestly
working to help children so that they can feel the warmth and
care of home. We hereby express our sincere gratitude to you for
your dedication,” Guo noted.
In recent years,
under the guidance of the embassy, Chinese enterprises and
individuals have been actively fulfilling their social
responsibility to help Kenya enhance its self-development
support education development such as the Beijing School that is
located deep inside Mathare Slum in Nairobi and which was funded
and expanded by China.
support, Chinese enterprises hire large number of Kenyan
employees in a bid to meet the local young people’s employment
Collins Oywera, the
Chief Administrator of the Kenya Children’s Homes, said the
partnership between the home and the embassy is a special one
that goes a long way and has defied time.
“There are so many
children’s homes around Kenya, but you chose ours and for that
we are very grateful,” the overseer said.
Nancy Wanjiru, 20,
who has lived at the facility since she was 10 years old, said
the donations over the past years have comfortably sustained
them at the home.
“You are the reason
why we eat to our fill because of the food donations, wear clean
clothes because of the detergents and have somewhere to write on
because of the stationery in order that we can accomplish our
goals and dreams in life,” she narrated.
Last year, the
embassy donated commodities amounting to 700,000 dollars for the