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
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
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
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
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.