NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Chinese investors on Tuesday announced
plans to expand humanitarian assistance and community
outreach programs in Kenya to help fight poverty,
officials said on Tuesday.
secretary-general of Kenya Overseas Chinese Association
that comprises top Chinese companies and residents in
Kenya, said after nearly 14 years of reacting to
humanitarian needs and disasters in the country, the
association has created an internal institution to aid
the coordination of humanitarian work.
formed this internal institution because we want to be
able to respond to the issue of poverty in a different
way. We want to do it more regularly. We will not wait
until we have another disaster to respond to
humanitarian needs,” Zhao told Xinhua.
during a ceremony to distribute food items to dozens of
Kenyan employees working for Chinese companies
registered to operate in Kenya, Zhao said promoting
cultural exchanges between Kenya and China was among its
humanitarian response mechanism would respond to
community needs in order to reach a wide cross-section
of the Kenyan society.
the formation of the internal humanitarian response
mechanism within the Kenya Overseas Chinese Association
would coincide with the celebrations to mark 55 years of
the Kenya-China diplomatic relations.
measures to respond to poverty would focus on building
nursing homes, orphanages and assistance to prisoners.
He said the
poverty response initiatives would also focus on diverse
issues affecting the Kenyan society, including enhancing
community access to prevention of malaria.
like to be involved in the distribution of clothes to
communities impacted negatively with cold weather and
flooding by providing them with warm clothes,” Zhao told
He said the
humanitarian response initiatives would also expand to
other towns in Kenya, including areas around Lake
Victoria region, including Kisumu, Kenya’s third largest
city, which reports regular outbreaks of malaria.
talked to the board members of the association. We have
to approve projects we intend to undertake. However, we
intend to visit people living in malaria-prone zones to
provide them with protection and prevention materials so
they are able to prevent the death of young children. It
would be a self-motivated initiative by the Chinese
companies,” Zhao said.
association was established in 2005 to promote the
exchange of information and culture between Kenyan and
establishment, the association has helped to mobilize
resources for humanitarian assistance and community
outreach projects in Kenya.
notable involvement of the association was in 2011, when
it mobilized 25 million shillings (about 250,000 U.S.
dollars) to assist victims of drought and hunger in
Kenya’s Turkana region.
were handed over to the Kenya Red Cross to assist in the
drilling of boreholes to avail water to the community,
In 2015, the
association also worked with other organizations to
provide a donation of 64,094 dollars to the Moi
University, which took most of the students whose
studies were interrupted by the Garissa University
terror attack on April 2, 2015.
efforts to respond to humanitarian needs have mostly
focused on assisting communities caught up in poverty.
“Kenya as a
country remains peaceful but there are poverty
incidences which we intend to deal with,” Zhao said.
since 2012, the association has also been cooperating
with the disability centre in Nairobi to provide them
Nairobi pledges to
assist Chinese investors to set up base in Kenya
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya on Tuesday pledged to assist
Chinese investors from China’s Zhejiang Province to set
up base in the country.
principal secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Industry,
Trade and Cooperatives said at a trade forum here that
Kenya has identified Chinese investors as key partners
in the country’s journey to achieve economic
government commits to support investors from China’s
Zhejiang Province to establish their investments in
Kenya,” Maina said during the China’s Zhejiang-Kenya
trade and investment symposium that brought together the
private sectors of Zhejiang Province and Kenya.
of over 50 Chinese firms from Zhejiang Province are in
Kenya to scout for investment and trade deals in the
area of food processing, textiles and clothing, leather
sector, construction, automobile, electrical and
that the China-Kenya relationship spans 55 years and the
Zhejiang-Kenya trade forum is important as it brings
together the private sector of the two countries in an
arrangement of signing a Memorandum of Understanding.
that Chinese investors could play an instrumental role
in implementing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four
Agenda of food security, affordable housing, universal
healthcare and manufacturing and hence provide a win-win
arrangement within the Belt and Road Initiative.
that the business forum is intended to begin a new and
long relationship and partnership between China’s
Zhejiang Province and Kenya.
that Kenya has one of the best investment destinations
given its expansive market access.
that Kenya has preferential market access at the East
Africa Community (EAC), Common Market for East and
Southern Africa (COMESA), the United States as well as
the European Union which Chinese investors can sell to
after setting up factories in Kenya.
that the Kenyan government considers the private sector
as the engine of economic growth with the role of
government to facilitate the growth of the private
Xuezheng, counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Kenya said
that Beijing and Nairobi have enjoyed excellent
relations which has laid a strong foundation for growing
cooperation in bilateral trade and investment.
chairperson of Kenya Investment Authority said that
Kenya considers the China-Kenya relations as very
important and it is for this reason that this year alone
Kenyatta traveled to China twice during the 2018 Beijing
Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)
and the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in
that in both occasions Kenya’s president held talks with
the president of China in further strengthening the
that currently, China is Kenya’s largest trading partner
and the largest official development assistance (ODA)
Kirima, China is also the largest contractor having
contributed significantly to the current improved
infrastructure that has gone a long way in enhancing the
competitiveness of the private sector.
Chinese investors to transfer their knowledge and
technology to Kenyan firms so that Kenya can improve the
competitiveness of its industrial sector.
African mobile phone
market declines 2.1 pct as shipments fall in Q3
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Mobile phone market in Africa declined
2.1 percent to 52.6 million units with falling shipments
quarter-on-quarter, a report by International Data
Corporation (IDC) shows.
phone shipments fell 2.7 percent quarter-on-quarter and
smartphone shipments declined 1.3 percent over the same
period, says the report.
the report, Transsion brands (Tecno, Infinix, and Itel)
led the feature phone space in Q3, with a combined unit
share of 58.2 percent while Nokia was next in line with
11.7 percent share.
Samsung, and Huawei dominated the smartphone space with
respective unit shares of 34.9 percent, 21.7 percent,
and 10.2 percent, says the report.
the report, while feature phones remain steadfastly
popular across Africa, particularly in more rural areas,
consumers are increasingly being attracted by smartphone
offerings from Chinese brands such as Xiaomi, Oppo, and
Huawei, which are actively targeting feature-oriented
customers at more economical price points.
Africa’s overall mobile phone market to reach 58 million
units in Q4 2018, spurred by the festive season and
online consumer events such as Black Friday.
It said the
introduction of more affordable smartphones in the
African market will help drive progress in this space
over the coming quarters, while the share of feature
phones will decline steadily as the transition to
smartphones gathers momentum.
value terms, Samsung led the smartphone market with 37.2
percent share, followed by Transsion (21.0 percent) and
Huawei (13.0 percent).
says there were differing fortunes in the region’s three
major markets, with Nigeria suffering a heavy 11.6
percent QoQ decline in mobile phone shipments, while
South Africa and Kenya saw respective QoQ growth of 8.5
percent and 7.9 percent in Q3.
in Nigeria stemmed from a slowdown in government
spending, ongoing warfare in the country’s northern
states, and market uncertainty in the lead up to
elections,” said George Mbuthia, a research analyst at
Africa, the market’s growth was spurred by the
penetration of low-end devices from brands such as
Mobicel, Mint, and Nokia”, said Mbuthia.
said the launch of entry-level smartphones helped drive
growth in Kenya despite increases in taxes and fuel
prices placing a significant burden on disposable income
in the country.