NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Chinese manufacturing firm, KEDA Ceramics, said
Monday it will expand its tiles operations in Kenya and create
more employment opportunities for the locals.
administrative manager at KEDA Ceramics, said the company’s move
to get into phase three of operations in the country will cement
its position as the largest manufacturer of tiles both in Kenya
and the East African region.
Chen said it is the
perfect time to invest in Kenya, especially with President Uhuru
Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda of manufacturing, food security,
affordable housing and universal access to healthcare.
investments are important in the realization of this initiative
and we are playing our part in this regard,” he said in a
statement issued in Nairobi.
According to Chen,
phases one and two in which they created 1,200 jobs directly and
more than 1,500 others indirectly, have seen the company invest
over 55 million U.S. dollars in a manufacturing plant for tiles
that target the middle and lower end of the Kenyan market.
With the plans to
operationalize phase three sometime next year, the company will
directly create 500 more jobs, added Chen.
He said phase three,
which is projected to begin towards the end of 2019, will see
the manufacturer investing another 25 million dollars, making it
a total of 80 million dollars investment in the country.
Chen said the east
African nation’s economic market in the region and its strategic
position has made it an attractive investment destination for
This bearing, he
said, was also an important consideration that aligns with the
Belt and Road Initiative.
strategically placed along the route for the Belt and Road
Initiative. We therefore not only want to bring our products and
technologies to the country but we also want to create jobs and
transfer skills and expertise to the Kenyan people and the
Kenyan market,” Chen added.
“We are currently
manufacturing mainly 300mm by 300mm and 400mm by 400mm size
tiles and we hope to produce bigger size tiles such as 500mm by
500mm and 600mm by 600mm in phase three,” Chen pointed out.
The company hopes to
leverage on the continued rise in demand for tiles in the local
market to transition into the third phase.
technology has ensured we produce high quality tiles across the
four brands we produce,” he added. Enditem
China-Kenya co-operation based
on sincerity and thrives on mutual benefits
By Xinhua writer Wang Xiaopeng NAIROBI
(Xinhua) -- It was like a dream come
true when Lillian Otuma, a resident in a working-class suburb of
Kenya’s capital Nairobi, recently secured a passenger train
ticket to the coastal city of Mombasa through the Chinese-built
Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
Otuma was among
hundreds of passengers who flocked into the Nairobi SGR station
to take a trip to Mombasa for business, leisure or family
reunions. It was her first time to see a modern train, Otuma
said, thanking China for the gift.
A flagship project
of China-Kenya cooperation, the railway has profoundly changed
the lives of ordinary citizens.
Chris Morara, a
40-year-old father of three and a motorcycle driver carrying
passengers to the Athi River station, has seen his business
boosted since the 480-km long Mombasa-Nairobi SGR launched its
train service on May 31 last year.
The SGR train has
revolutionized the way how people, goods and services move
within the country, according to Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for
Transport and Infrastructure James Macharia.
The train reduces
the travel time between Kenya’s two biggest cities by half from
10 hours to five and enjoys an over 95 percent occupancy.
It had handled at
least 1.96 million passengers by Oct. 17, according to its
Chinese operator. Meanwhile, about 2.23 million tons of cargo
have been transported by the SGR cargo service since Dec. 1 last
year, saving a colossal amount of money for entrepreneurs
compared with road transportation.
An early fruit of
the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, the railway project
is estimated to have boosted the eastern African country’s GDP
by 1.5 percent and have provided 46,000 jobs to locals. About
300 domestic enterprises sub-contracted the construction,
according to official figures.
The success of
Mombasa-Nairobi SGR illustrates the China-Kenya comprehensive
strategic and cooperative partnership, which enjoys rapid
development and leads China-Africa cooperation in various
infrastructure, the partnership also covers areas including
party-to-party exchange, cultural exchanges, agriculture,
education, tourism and sports.
In addition to a
frequent exchange of high-level visits by leaders from both
countries, the Communist Party of China (CPC) has forged a
working relationship with Kenya’s ruling Jubilee Party that
features exchange of visits by senior officials and sharing of
knowledge and experience to strengthen governance.
The CPC has been
able to unite a country of more than 1.3 billion people so that
socioeconomic development can take place, and Jubilee Party is
keen to borrow lessons from that, Raphael Tuju, secretary
general of the party, told a training forum for Jubilee Party by
the CPC in July.
general said to strengthen itself, the Jubilee Party is
exploring possibilities of establishing a party school to
inculcate a culture of discipline among party members.
economic cooperation and mutual trust, China and Kenya have been
promoting people-to-people exchanges, which are key to
strengthening bonds of friendship.
Four of the eastern
African country’s leading universities boast Confucius
Institutes that elevate cultural diplomacy and friendship
between the two long-standing partners.
Institute at Egerton University in the western county of Nakuru
has become a hub for Chinese language teaching as well as
exchange on agricultural technologies.
About 1,000 Kenyans
have participated in training courses on modern agriculture
organized by the institute, and faculty members in the Kenyan
university are also sponsored to pursue post-graduate studies in
Alan Jumba, one of
the trainees, is now at the forefront assisting local farmers in
adopting climate resilient food production systems.
Joint Research Center at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture
and Technology is another example of the growing exchange.
More than 45 joint
research programs have been undertaken since 2013 on
bio-pathogenic microorganism detection, geographic science and
remote sensing, high yield and high quality crop cultivation
demonstration and land and water resource management.
joint research projects are key to attaining food security and
environmental sustainability in Africa, Kenyan Education Cabinet
Secretary Amina Mohamed said during a visit to the center in
June, adding that collaboration between scholars from the two
sides, including student exchanges, has further strengthened
bilateral ties and economic relations.
cooperation in tourism is also thriving as the eastern African
country, which is renowned for sandy beaches and wildlife
reserves, has become a popular destination for Chinese visitors
despite a long-haul flight.
receives some 69,000 Chinese tourists annually, according to
2017 government statistics. It aims to attract 100,000 Chinese
in the next one two years, Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary for
Tourism and Wildlife, told Xinhua in March.
As another highlight
of bilateral exchanges, Chinese athletes get trained in Kenya’s
high-altitude camps, which are often cradles of top
long-distance runners, and Kenyan athletes are among the most
active groups in marathons across China, bagging top prizes.
Many are confident
that China-Kenya ties will go from strength to strength as
bilateral cooperation and exchanges expand to more aspects.
Kenya is willing to
deepen its comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership
with China, actively participate in Belt and Road construction
and promote connectivity, said Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
when attending the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on