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Chinese firms provide local employees
with 50,000 plus jobs in Kenya

BEIJING China (Xinhua) -- Chinese firms operating in Kenya have created over 50,000 local jobs with the proportion of local employees reaching 96 percent in 2018, according to a report unveiled by Kenya-China Economic and Trade Association (KCETA) recently.

Bilateral cooperation between China and Kenya has yielded fruitful results in fields such as major infrastructure projects, poverty alleviation, public health, cultural exchanges and special economic zone construction, facilitating industrialization in Kenya and creating plenty of jobs, noted the report.

Currently, around 400 Chinese-funded enterprises operate in Kenya which have strongly promoted local employment with the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project undertaken by Chinese companies as a good example, stated an official of Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The report also noted that approximately 67,000 local employees received professional training in 2018 provided by Chinese firms in Kenya.

Chinese firms have been devoted to cultivating talents and creating jobs in Kenya, enhancing the exchanges and cooperation between the two countries under the Belt and Road Initiative, said Isaac Mbeche, Deputy Vice-Chancellor with University of Nairobi (UoN).

It is reported that the Confucius Institute in UoN jointly holds the Chinese-funded enterprise recruitment fair with KCETA every year, attracting large numbers of Kenyans to find job opportunities.

Li Xuhang, Charge’d Affaires of Chinese Embassy in Kenya, noted that China has become Kenya’s largest trading partner, investment source and project contractor so far, and Chinese firms in Kenya have seen continuous development and increasingly improved localization level.

According to a World Bank report, Chinese firms in Kenya hired 360 local employees on average, far higher than the number of other foreign companies in the country which was 147. 

Chinese firms in Kenya have basically realized local recruitment and localized management.



Chinese supermarkets in Kenya set to increase: industry lobby

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The number of Chinese supermarkets setting up in Kenya are set to rise due to enhanced China-Kenya commercial ties, an industry lobby said on Thursday.

Wambui Mbarire, CEO Retail Trade Association of Kenya (RETRAK), told Xinhua in Nairobi that the entry of Chinese supermarkets will help diversify the product offering of the retail sector.

“We already have Chinese supermarkets in the major cities and moving forward we expect to see more to cater for the growing Chinese population,” Mbarire said.

Mbarire added that even the existing supermarket chains are moving to cash in on the growing demand for Chinese goods.

“We have also seen major retailers devote shelf space to Chinese consumer goods. This is a good move because it will ensure that the whole community is able to access the goods that they want,” she said.

She noted that the growing Chinese economic influence in Kenya cannot be ignored by the retail sector.

The CEO said that the industry is seeking to embrace an inclusive business model that caters for both local and foreign consumers.

She observed that due to the high potential of the retail sector, foreign supermarkets are moving into Kenya mostly through acquisition of domestic retail chains.



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