Lagat NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Chinese firm Avic
International has awarded 100,000 U.S. dollars manufacturing
contract to two winners of the fifth edition of Africa
Technology Challenge (ATC).
The two top winners of ATC season
five, Technical University of Kenya and Rift Valley Technical
Training Institute, will split the prize money and commence
manufacturing of spare parts for export to China.
“Our partnership with Avic
International is helping the country address skills gap in the
manufacturing sector,” said Betty Maina, Principal Secretary in
the State Department of Industry, during the award ceremony of
winners of ATC season five held in Nairobi on Thursday evening.
Guo Ce, Economic and Commercial
Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, and senior executives
from AVIC International graced the occasion to reward winners of
the technical skills contest that was launched in July.
The fifth edition of ATC that drew 108
participants from Kenya, Zambia, Gabon, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire
focused on advanced training in computerized numerical machine
techniques and mechatronics engineering.
Participants who were predominantly
college students underwent a 45-day practical training and
mentorship at a Nairobi-based vocational training institute to
upgrade their skills in diverse engineering disciplines.
The three most outstanding
participants who were all Kenyan nationals secured scholarships
to pursue a post-graduate degree in engineering-related field in
“Apart from helping Kenya with
infrastructure construction, Chinese enterprises also highlight
technological transfer to Kenyan staff, with ATC a good case in
point,” said Guo.
Guo said ATC is the example of the
practical move taken by Chinese enterprises to emphasize
Africa’s human resource development, enhance blood-making
function of Kenyan and African manufacturing industry, and
“teach Africa to fish instead of giving it a fish.”
He noted that Chinese enterprises
operating in Africa have not only created jobs for the youth but
have also been at the forefront of promoting skills and
technological transfer in the continent.
Jin Shaohua, Vice President of
International Affairs at AVIC International Holding Corporation,
said the technical skills contests have transformed the lives of
“As AVIC International, we are proud
to note that this new cohort of winners, in season 5, will join
the winners from the past four seasons in working with some of
the best master craftsmen and engineers that the world has to
offer and learn what has made us one of the largest, most
reputable and most efficient firms in the world,” said Jin.