She said that China Trade Week phase 2 will also feature workshops as well as
business to business meetings, offering a platform to discuss innovative ways to
stimulate flow of goods, capital, services and technology between two
long-standing bilateral partners.
Joyce Kibet, business development adviser at
East African Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture said the second phase
of China Trade Week is expected to unleash mutual benefits to Chinese investors
and local entrepreneurs.
"We believe this expo will create a win-win situation for both the Kenyan
host and Chinese business community," said Kibet.
"Additionally, we foresee direct skill transfer and sustained trade and
investment opportunities between our two countries," she added.
Chinese firm launches shopping festival in
Kenya to boost linkage with consumers
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Chinese construction firm China Wu Yi on Friday launched an inaugural shopping
festival on the outskirts of Kenyan capital Nairobi to showcase its signature
products like construction materials and home furnishings to local consumers.
The three-day shopping festival is held at China Wu Yi’s Coloho Mall
alongside China Trade Week Kenya underway in Nairobi.
The festival that is expected to attract hundreds of visitors from Kenya and
across the east African region will showcase high-quality construction materials
as well as furniture and sanitary equipment.
"The shopping festival is timely as Kenya continues to deepen our bilateral
trade with China and it will help local entrepreneurs cut down on the cost of
travelling to China’s manufacturing hubs to purchase building materials," said
Moses Ikiara, managing director of the Kenya Investment Authority.
Ikiara said that China Wu Yi’s shopping festival was a reflection of growing
bilateral trade between Kenya and the world’s second largest economy.
"We would like to see more Chinese companies invest in the manufacture of
building materials to help realize the affordable housing agenda," said Ikiara.
"The next decade is likely to experience huge demand for construction
materials and we are encouraged by China Wu Yi for setting the pace in this
arena," he added.
Zhang Jie, chairman of China Wu Yi Precast (Kenya) Company Limited, said the
shopping festival that will include products exhibition alongside
business-to-business meetings will help raise the visibility of made-in-China
building materials, furniture and fittings in Kenya.
"This is the first professional exhibition of home furnishing and building
materials in Kenya that will open the door for better exchanges between Chinese
companies and local clients," said Zhang.
Kenya to promote electric vehicle to
reduce air pollution
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya
plans to promote use of electric vehicles in order to reduce air pollution in
the country, a government official said on Monday.
Martin Eshiwani, director of road and railway transport in the ministry of
transport, infrastructure, housing and urban development told a forum in Nairobi
that standards for electric vehicles and motorcycles were put in December 2018.
"Kenya wants to move towards green vehicles so that it can also achieve its
commitments under the Paris climate agreement," Eshiwani said during the Urban
Eshiwani said that Kenya has approximately 350 electric vehicles and
motorcycles on the roads.
He noted that the government is considering implementing a number of fiscal
and regulatory measures that will increase e-mobility in the country.
Eshiwani observed that most vehicles standards are geared to the fossil fuels
that are most prevalent in the country.
According to the government official, the number of motorbikes licensed is
increasing every year due to their affordability and are therefore an emerging
source of green house gas emissions.
Eshiwani said that the infrastructure to support electric vehicles on the
roads will also be required for a robust e-mobility sector to develop.
He revealed that data from the ministry of health indicates that upper
respiratory illness has been on the increase in urban cities due to vehicle
"The high rate of urbanization coupled with a growing middle class is likely
to increase the number of vehicles and so reforms are required to transit the
country to a low carbon development pathway," he said.
United Nations pledges to support
countries in embracing electric mobility
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The
United Nations on Monday pledged support to member countries in embracing
electric mobility programs.
Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, Africa Regional Director for UN Environment, said
that the UN agency will provide support to countries in developing policies and
exchange best practices.
"We are helping the countries in tracking electric vehicle uptake and
calculate emissions and economic benefits," Koudenoukpo told a meeting on
harmonization of vehicle emission standards with the East African Community (EAC).
The official noted that the UN is helping countries based on the fact that
mobility is a key component of sustainable development because of the direct
link between development opportunities and movement of peoples, goods and
"Sustainable mobility provides socio-economic and environmental opportunities
such as good health, employment, investment, social inclusion and a general high
quality of life to communities," Koudenoukpo added.
She told delegates drawn from the five regional countries and South Africa
that unsustainable mobility systems are associated with lagging economic
development, missed opportunities, low quality of life and adverse negative
impacts on environment.
East Africa is rapidly motorizing and filling the market with used, polluting
vehicles that rely heavily on fossil fuels.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution is
responsible for approximately 7 million deaths globally every year, 600,000 of
which are from Africa.
The UN official noted that besides air pollution causing a public health and
climate change threats, it also has a major implications on economies.
"It is important that countries in the region intensify efforts towards
phasing out polluting used and aging vehicles from the road," she added.