Chinese FM starts visit to Kenya

Wang's African tour will also take him to Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan.

Chinese FM starts visit to Kenya

World Bulletin/News Desk

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday started a visit to Kenya as part of an eight-day African tour.

In Kenya, the Chinese diplomat said his country had plans to expand its funding to Kenya's industry and technology sectors.

"Kenya is at the stage of industrial take-off and China is ready to support it with its experience in attaining successful industrialization," Wang said.

"China stands ready to share its experiences on industrial zoning and special economic zones and we are ready for more cooperation in these fields," he added following a meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in capital Nairobi.

He urged Kenya and other East African states to learn a lesson from China's economic successes, underlining the importance of industrial relocation.

"Industrial relocation was how China took off and Kenya can benefit from it," Wang said.

"China allowed companies from neighboring countries like Japan to set up shop within China," he added.

He said this had allowed the transfer of technology and skills to the Chinese people up to the stage where China became advanced.

China's development activities in Kenya as well as in other African states are largely focused on the development of infrastructure in these countries.

The Kenyan President, meanwhile, expressed support for China's initiative to link  East Africa by funding a multimillion dollar standard gauge railway whose construction began in late 2014.

"Our relationship is built on the principle of partnership," Kenyatta said. "This is a partnership I want to see increased and cemented to bring mutual benefits," he added.

He said he had hoped that the standard gauge railway would be extended to neighboring states, such as Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and even the Democratic Republic of Congo. He said this could open up the economy of the region.

Kenya also welcomed a Chinese pledge to back peace initiatives in the region, especially in South Sudan.

Later in the day, China signed a memorandum of understanding with Kenya with the aim of strengthening existent partnerships, according to Kenya's Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed.

She said the memorandum of understanding would seek to create a joint steering committee to follow up on Chinese development projects in Kenya.

In May of 2014, China signed 17 bilateral agreements with Kenya during a visit to the African country by Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang.

Wang's African tour will take him to Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan.

Last Mod: 10 Ocak 2015, 23:04
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