The Belt and Road Initiative enables different
countries to build closer trade connections and
partnerships, earning wide recognition from the
international community and driving connectivity and
industrialization for African countries, he said.
Kenya is willing to deepen cooperation with China on
fields such as infrastructure development to promote
the initiative further to the central and western
African regions, according to Kenyatta.
Kenya appreciates China’s important role in
promoting the regional peace reconstruction in
Africa, and hopes to strengthen communication and
coordination with China on regional and multilateral
affairs, he added.
The two presidents witnessed the signing of
bilateral cooperation documents after the meeting.
fruits of Belt and Road Initiative: expert
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The China-proposed Belt and Road
Initiative (BRI) has unleashed benefits to the
Kenyan economy through development of modern
infrastructure and opening up of the country’s
hinterland, an expert has said.
Jeanne Ongiyo, a press and public relations
officer with China Communications Construction
Company, said the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR)
project has created positive impacts in Kenya.
"For Kenya, the fruits of BRI have already seen
the light of day through the standard gauge railway,
which is currently operational and on its second
phase of construction," Ongiyo said in a commentary
published by the Star newspaper on Friday.
She said that the 480 km Chinese-built
Mombasa-Nairobi SGR project has not only
revolutionized transport and commerce but also
stimulated investments in rural towns along its
"This is the first project of its kind in more
than 100 years that has been able to connect and
devolve the transport industry while at the same
time boosting tourism and the growth of towns," said
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is among leaders
attending the second Belt and Road Forum for
International Cooperation in Beijing.
Ongiyo said that Kenya is well placed to learn
from other countries that have rallied behind the
Belt and Road Initiative to achieve holistic
She hailed China’s Three Gorges Dam that is
expected to provide adequate water to cater for food
and energy production in the world’s second largest
"If Kenya chooses to embark on a similar dam
project, once successful, the country will not only
be able to support agriculture by providing constant
food supply for the more than 40 million Kenyans,
but also provide an alternative to the shortage of
power supply," said Ongiyo.
She said that Kenya can leverage its abundant
resources and modern infrastructure projects to
stimulate economic growth.
President Uhuru Kenyatta in Mauritius to shore
up bilateral ties
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru
Kenyatta on Tuesday arrived in Port Louis, capital
city of Mauritius, for a four-day state visit in an
effort to boost bilateral ties, his office said in a
statement on Tuesday.
Kenyatta’s visit to Mauritius is largely aimed at
boosting the economic, cultural and social ties
between the two nations, the statement said.
During his visit, Kenyatta will attend a business
forum organized by the Economic Development Board
Mauritius in collaboration with the Mauritius
Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Kenya Private
Sector Alliance and the Kenya Investment Authority,
which will be used to showcase trade and investment
opportunities in Mauritius and Kenya.
Africa’s resources? Pure myth!
by Xinhua writer Jiang
Li BEIJING China (Xinhua) --
People in Chad, an oil-rich African
country, used to rely on importing gasolines to
power their cars. It has all changed after China’s
funding and know-how arrived in 2007.
The Ndjamena refinery, a China-Chad joint
venture, sits about 40 minutes drive north of the
African country’s capital Ndjamena. Its
one-million-ton output may not be very impressive,
yet, the Chadians are now self-sufficient in
The refinery is just one of the many examples of
China’s mutually beneficial energy cooperation with
However, it seems that some Western skeptics have
chosen to ignore the win-win nature of China-Africa
cooperation in natural resources such as oil.
In their descriptions, China sees the world’s
second largest continent as nothing more than a land
of abundant resources ripe for pillaging.
Such accusations have cast aside the most basic
facts that Beijing has always treated its African
partners with respect and equality, and that China’s
investment flowing into Africa has always sought to
bring benefits to both sides.
Historically speaking, China has never been a
colonizer. And it never intends to be one.
China’s Africa policy differs greatly from that
of the Western colonizers who started to divide and
rule the continent for dominance and resources since
the Age of Discovery.
During the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)
summit held in Beijing last September, some African
leaders came forward and refuted those irresponsible
Chairperson of the African Union Commission
Moussa Faki Mahamat said the eight initiatives that
Chinese President Xi Jinping announced at the
forum’s opening session are "concrete proof of
China’s support to Africa."
Rwandan President Paul Kagame rejected
misinterpretations of China-Africa ties, saying that
"Africa is not a zero-sum game and our growing ties
with China do not come at anyone’s expense.
Indeed the gains are enjoyed by everyone who does
business on our continent."
Also, China’s investment in Africa is not
concentrated on natural resources. As a matter of
fact, the service sector has been the main focus for
Senior researcher at the U.S. think tank
Brookings Institution David Dollar said in a 2015
paper "Why is China investing in Africa? Evidence
from the enterprise level" that Chinese
companies in Africa "have relatively little
investment in natural resources" compared with their
peers of developed countries.
A report by the World Bank in 2016 found that
China’s services investment in Africa accounted for
about 60 percent of the country’s total investments
in the continent.
More importantly, while some Western media spread
resource-snatching rumors, China continues its
down-to-earth approach in Africa, just like what it
has done in Chad’s oil industry.
According to a report by the Chinese Ministry of
Commerce, after the implementation of the 10 major
plans for China-Africa cooperation, projects that
Chinese enterprises have built in Africa will result
in roughly 30,000 km of highways, 85 million tons
per year of port throughput and over 9 million tons
per day of clean water treatment, in addition to
creating nearly 900,000 jobs for Africans.
Furthermore, China has been Africa’s largest
trading partner for nine consecutive years. In 2017,
China-Africa trade volume reached 170 billion U.S.
dollars, a year-on-year increase of 14 percent,
accounting for about 25 percent of Africa’s global
African people believe that China’s contributions
to their economic and social development are
enormous, according to Afrobarometer, a pan-African
They also ranked China as providing the best
model for development.
Several decades after African countries like Chad
gained their independence from Western colonialists,
they still need fuel for development, and China is
there trying to help.
For anyone who also wants to be helpful, he needs
to offer solutions, not groundless allegations.