NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan government expects Chinese private
sector to participate in projects dealing with food security,
affordable housing, manufacturing and affordable healthcare,
says Henry Rotich, the country’s cabinet secretary for The
National Treasury to Xinhua on Wednesday.
Rotich said Kenya
will sell its economic agenda dubbed the Big Four during the
Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit to be held in
“The agenda for
Kenya during the FOCAC will be the Big Four. We want Chinese
private sector to participate in projects associated with this
agenda,” Rotich told Xinhua in Nairobi.
The Big Four agenda
is a set of four targets by Kenyatta meant to be implemented in
the next five years in order to grow the economy, create more
jobs and improve the living standards of the county, the cabinet
“There are huge
opportunities for Chinese investors in the Big Four. As much as
we partner with the Chinese government, we want to encourage
more of the Chinese private sector to invest in Kenya. That is
why we have continued with reforms to make it easier for
investors to set up their facilities here,” said Rotich.
FOCAC Summit will be
held in September in China. FOCAC was initiated in the year 2000
as a structured cooperation mechanism between China and all
African countries which have diplomatic ties with the country.
during the previous FOCAC summits has been on cooperating with
China on infrastructure development and even under the Big Four,
that component will be given the priority, the Kenyan official
remains an enabler and is crucial to the realization of the Big
Four,” said Rotich.
Kenya to lobby for regional
projects under Belt and Road Initiative
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will lobby for development of regional
projects under the Belt and Road Initiative to enhance
intra-Africa trade, a top government official has said.
“This is a very good
initiative that we are following through,” Henry Rotich, Kenya’s
Treasury Cabinet Secretary, told Xinhua in a recent interview.
inter-regional and regional projects benefiting from it. We are
going to lobby for such projects that open up regional markets
to enhance intra-Africa trade,” he said.
The Belt and Road
Initiative aims to connect Asia, Europe, the Middle East and
Africa with a vast logistics and transport network, using roads,
ports, railway tracks, pipelines, airports, transnational
electric grids and even fiber optic lines.
In East Africa, the
initiative is related to the Chinese-funded 480-km Standard
Gauge Railway from the Kenya port city of Mombasa to the capital
of Nairobi and is expected to extend to the neighboring Uganda.
of infrastructure projects including roads, railway, new port
and oil refinery to connect the Indian Ocean town of Lamu in
Kenya to Ethiopia and South Sudan is being constructed.
“We shall look at
what connects Africa, like the railway line linking several
African countries for trade benefit,” said Rotich.
African experts see
the projects under Belt and Road Initiative not only enabling
intra-Africa trade, but also helping to open other foreign
markets for Africa.
In late March,
African leaders launched Continental Free Trade Area which is
meant to create a single continental market for goods and
services, with free movement of business persons and
investments, and thus pave the way for accelerating the
establishment of the Continental Customs Union and the African
Customs Union, according to the African Union.
is extremely low and currently accounts for only 10 percent of
all commerce on the continent, data from the African Union
shows. This is due to, among others, lack of interconnecting
infrastructure across the countries making it harder and
expensive to move goods within the continent.
Western countries need to
understand Africa-China relations, says Kenyan official
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
A senior Kenyan government official has urged
Western countries criticizing Chinese loans to Africa to try to
understand the Africa-China relationship first, calling such
criticism as “unwarranted”.
Chinese loans and
development support has transformed Africa’s development and
Africa-China relations are expected to get even stronger with
time, Henry Rotich, Cabinet Secretary for The National Treasury,
told Xinhua on Wednesday in an interview in Nairobi.
“Attacks on Chinese
loans to Africa are unwarranted,” Rotich told Xinhua. “Those
criticizing do not understand the relationship we have with
He said Africa’s
cooperation with China is “well structured” under the Forum on
China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit which defines the
direction of the relationship and development milestones that
each country wants to reach with China.
“People need time to
understand the relationship. China is walking with Africa to
help the continent to get to the level of the developed
countries faster. This is a partnership,” he said.
“The days of
conditioning support are over,” said Rotich, in reference to the
Western-controlled World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s
demands for Africans to undertake some economic reforms and
policies before they could receive development loans.
“The way to go is
mutual cooperation,” Rotich said.
Kenya adopted China
as its preferred development partner in 2002 when Kenya was
under the leadership of retired President Mwai Kibaki.
Kenyatta has continued with a strong China-Kenya policy which
has resulted in support for construction of the 500 kilometer
Standard Gauge Railway from coastal city of Mombasa to the
capital Nairobi and constructions of several hundreds of
kilometers of roads, the Treasury official said.
Chinese artists donate learning
materials, sports kit to Kenyan school
A group of Chinese visual artists and
entrepreneurs on Thursday donated learning materials and sports
kit worth about 80,000 U.S. dollars to a public school in the
Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
The Chinese artists
who are in Kenya to strengthen cultural ties with the East
African nation in line with the Belt and Road Initiative said
the donation of stationery and football kits would boost
performance of young learners.
Zhu Guizhou, head of
the delegation, said that philanthropic activities by the
Chinese artistic community were aimed at building trust with
long-standing allies like Kenya.
“We are willing to
put more efforts to improve the lives of Kenyan children and
today’s donation of books, soccer balls, bags and painting
materials will enhance realization of that goal,” said Zhu.
He revealed that
plans to donate learning materials to additional Kenyan public
schools were also expected to strengthen cultural diplomacy with
More than twenty
practicing Chinese visual artists, scholars and entrepreneurs
donated the learning and sporting equipment to Nairobi’s Moi
Avenue Primary School that has an estimated 600 pupils from low
and middle income brackets.
Liu Qitong, an arts
scholar and entrepreneur, said they were keen to extend a
helping hand to enable Kenyan school children to improve their
“Our desire is to
help you realize your dreams and contribute to your country’s
development. We would also be keen to improve your learning
environment in line with the spirit of the Belt and Road
Initiative,” Liu told the students.
headmistress of Moi Avenue Primary School, applauded Chinese
artists for their donation, saying it would boost the morale of
“The donation is
ultimately going to have a positive impact on pupils as they
prepare for the end of term examinations. It will boost their
academic performance and social skills,” said Chirchir.
Young learners too
said they were impressed by the stationery and sporting kits
donated by Chinese artists and pledged to work harder and
improve on their grades.
Njoroge Macharia, a
12-year-old class seven pupil, said he liked the gift of a new
bag and stationery.
Chinese mobile firm gives
Easter treat to Kenyan orphaned children
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Dozens of orphaned children from a rescue centre
in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi were on Saturday given an
Easter treat by Chinese mobile firm, Transsion Holdings whose
flagship brands include Tecno, Infinix and Itel.
The orphaned and
abandoned children from Emmanuel’s New Hope and Rescue Center
that is located in Nairobi’s low income Kayole suburb enjoyed an
Easter treat that included music performance, donation of toys,
motivation talk and birthday gifts.
Guo Ce, the Economic
and Commercial Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, hosted
the orphaned children who have benefited from a long-term
corporate social responsibility (CSR) project supported by
The children were
given a guided tour at the Economic and Commercial section of
the Chinese Embassy in Kenya where they observed photographs
cerebrating different aspects of China-Kenya bilateral
It was a refreshing
experience for the orphaned children to gain new understanding
about China and its contribution to Kenya’s economic and
They marveled at
photographs of China-funded infrastructure projects like the
Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and a major highway in northern
The Easter treat
culminated in live performances among Chinese and Kenyan
children and donations of gifts.
Joseph Kagai, the
administrator of Emmanuel New Hope and Rescue Center, commended
Infinix and Chinese Embassy in Kenya for the Easter treat saying
it was a psychological boost to children.
“Today’s event was
great and a special way to celebrate Easter for the children.
The children got rare exposure to different aspects of Chinese
culture they had not known before,” said Kagai.
Bernice Wanjiru, a
social worker at the orphanage, hailed benevolence of Chinese
commercial entities that have transformed the lives of
disadvantaged children in Kenya.
appreciated the Easter treat and said they looked forward to
support from Chinese nationals and companies operating in Kenya
to enable them realize their dreams.
Perez Kagai, a
nine-year-old class-three pupil relished his first visit to the
economic and commercial section of Chinese embassy in Kenya
where he was treated to music, captivating images and toys.
“I was also happy to
see the guitar and the performance by Chinese children. My
friends were happy for the birthday present and cakes,” said
Perez adding that his dream career is engineering.