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