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Economic experts urge Kenya to forge partnership
with China policies so as to benefit from the B.R.I.

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya should embark on a strategic engagement with China in order to mutually benefit from the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), experts told Xinhua.

Bitange Ndemo, senior lecturer of the School of Business at the University of Nairobi, said that unlike Ethiopia and South Africa, Kenya lacks a coherent strategy and thus is unable to fully take advantage of the initiative which features development and expansion of overland routes including railways and roads.

Kenya is a party to the Belt and Road Initiative. A clear manifestation of this partnership is the establishment of the modern railway line along the Northern Corridor linking the very busy port city of Mombasa to capital city Nairobi.

The railway is currently being extended to Naivasha, a major economic zone in production of flowers in the country.

Ndemo, a former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology told Xinhua on Friday evening that a strategic engagement will foster progressive growth in both countries with citizens greatly benefiting in terms of accessing markets for locally manufactured products.

Judson Nyabuto, investment expert with Surge Infrastructure Development Company said that a strategic engagement between the two nations would unlock financing options for infrastructural developments in the East African nation.

The mutual framework would result in manufacturing or improving locally available materials and products for use in development and expansion of overland routes, said Nyabuto, adding that priority should be on catalyzing local economy by adopting various favorable methodologies.

"The key focus should be on supporting the local economy through use of locally available materials, introducing technologies of value addition and transfer of skills to the locals," Nyabuto told Xinhua.


China and Kenya to enhance co-operation between legislative organs

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- China and Kenya on Saturday expressed their willingness to deepen co-operation between legislative organs from both sides.

During his visit to Kenya on April 12-14, Cao Jianming, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), held talks with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and met separately with Senate Deputy Speaker Kithure Kindiki and National Assembly Deputy Speaker Moses Cheboi.

The NPC stands ready to promote friendly exchanges with the Kenyan legislature, so as to play a positive role in advancing China-Kenya friendship and bilateral practical cooperation, Cao said.

He said China attaches great importance to the development of China-Kenya relations and is willing to work with Kenya to implement the consensus reached by both leaders, as well as achievements made by the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, promote the Belt and Road Initiative, and continuously enrich the content of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

Meanwhile, the Kenyan side spoke highly of the achievements of bilateral cooperation in various fields and thanked China for its long-term assistance and support, expressing its willingness to further communication and cooperation with China in various fields including legislature.

Kenya is also willing to strengthen coordination and cooperation in international affairs and realize more tangible achievements in the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

  Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta meets with Cao Jianming | Coastweek

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta meets with Cao Jianming, vice chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress, in Nairobi. XINHUA PHOTO



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