NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative has
been a boon to Kenyan economy with the development of modern
infrastructure like the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), a senior
official told Xinhua in an interview.
secretary general of Kenya’s ruling Jubilee Party and cabinet
secretary without portfolio, said the SGR that is a critical
component of the Belt and Road Initiative has helped strengthen
cooperation with China while boosting connectivity, trade and
“The SGR and the
Belt and Road Initiative are very important in the relationship
between China and Africa, and indeed between China and Kenya,”
“It is key in the
sense that it opened the hinterland for trade, for ease of doing
business and I think if there is anything that underlines and
brings out the cooperation between China and Kenya, it is the
SGR,” he added.
Tuju will accompany
President Uhuru Kenyatta during a visit to China to attend the
Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit slated for
He said Kenya is
committed to implementing ambitious infrastructure projects
anchored on the initiative to hasten industrial progress and
realize shared prosperity.
“The Belt and Road
Initiative is an important backbone for any development and I
hope this kind of consultation like FOCAC is a platform through
which we can review what is happening and also we can refocus
our energies in growing this relationship and building this
infrastructure,” Tuju remarked.
The Belt and Road
Initiative, proposed by China in 2013, envisions a trade and
infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa.
infrastructure projects in Africa, including the railway
connecting Ethiopia and Djibouti, the Mombasa-Nairobi SGR in
Kenya and Maputo Cross-sea Bridge in Mozambique, have
exemplified the tangible benefits brought by cooperation under
Tuju noted that
Kenya is well positioned to advance the industrial agenda and
become a regional trading hub with the operation of the 480-km
“Business can only
happen when there is infrastructure like a road or railway line
to move goods and services from one place to another,” said Tuju,
adding that Kenya is ready to borrow lessons from China to
realize an industrial miracle through investments in
infrastructure, energy and human capital.