NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Chinese firms in Kenya have contributed to the
economic growth of the east African nation, creating tens of
thousands of jobs in 2018 alone, according to a new report.
Over the past 55
years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between
China and Kenya, Chinese enterprises have been working closely
with partners in Kenya and contributing to the social and
economic development of Kenya, says the Chinese Enterprises in
Kenya Social Responsibility Summary 2018.
are following the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
and placing their own development under the context of global
sustainable development, actively leveraging their expertise in
business operations to promote social and economic development,
striving to create greater social value while achieving economic
growth, and contributing to the realization of the sustainable
development goals,” says the report by Kenya-China Economic and
Trade Association (KCETA) that was produced with the support of
the Chinese embassy in Kenya.
KCETA, a social
organization comprised of Chinese businesses in Kenya, was
founded in 2001 by 51 Chinese enterprises that were operating in
Kenya and by 2018 its member enterprises have increased to 97.
In mid-2017, KCETA
prepared and released its first Social Responsibility Report of
Chinese Enterprises in Kenya and plans to regularly disclose the
social responsibility performance of member enterprises and
their economic, social and environmental impacts to the local
The report, which
was released during the reception for the 55th
anniversary of the establishment of China-Kenya diplomatic
relations, says that Beijing has become the largest trading
partner, foreign investor and project contractor of Kenya.
According to the
survey, Chinese enterprises are not only the key players for the
implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative, but also an
important force in promoting the 2030 United Nations SDGs and
indicate that joint Sino-Kenya endeavors have borne fruitful
results with the construction of 100 plus major projects, such
as the Moi International Sports Center and the Mombasa-Nairobi
indicates that in 2018, Chinese enterprises created more than
50,000 jobs and provided training to 67,000 people in Kenya.
“In addition, there
were a significant number of cooperation projects successfully
implemented in the areas of poverty alleviation, public health,
cultural exchanges, and peace and security,” says the survey by
The analysis shows
that China-Kenya infrastructure cooperation covers railway,
highways, water supply, electricity, communications, airports,
ports and other projects across the country.
The review shows
that the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Project,
which is financed, constructed and operated by China, has been
operating smoothly for over a year.
“As of June 2018, it
had served over 2 million passengers and shipped approximately
1.4 million tons of goods; operating safely for nearly 500 days.
This East African artery, carrying with it the dream of the
people of Kenya, paved a fast track for the prosperity and
development of Kenya and East Africa,” says the report.
According to the
survey, the SGR project is the early fruit of the Belt and Road
Initiative in Africa, as well as a clear demonstration of the
Sino-African industrial capacity cooperation.
The appraisal shows
that many projects invested in and developed by Chinese
enterprises have taken root in Kenya.
“The Global Trade
Center is becoming a new landmark of Nairobi’s urban center.
Twyford Ceramics has become the largest ceramic tile
manufacturer in East Africa with a majority market share,” says
The analysis shows
that Chinese enterprises have gradually expanded their overseas
operations in Kenya, creating jobs and contributing to the
sustained improvement of the local economy and people’s
In addition, the
findings show that Chinese enterprises have also cooperated with
Kenyan partners in the planning and construction of several
special economic zones and industrial parks, such as the Pearl
River Special Economic Zone, the Mombasa Special Economic Zone
and the Naivasha Industrial Park.
they will greatly accelerate Kenya’s industrialization process
and create many jobs,” says the report.
The study shows that
in recent years, China-Kenya cooperation has yielded new fruits
in many fields with more than 30 cooperative projects having
been implemented in the fields of industrialization,
agricultural modernization and infrastructure construction.