Kenya signs agreement worth Sh425 billion with China
Updated Monday, August 19th 2013 at 18:57 GMT +3
|President Uhuru Kenyatta introduces the Kenyan delegation to Chinese President Xi Jinping during the official welcome ceremony at the Great Hall Of the People in Beijing. Photo: PSCU]|
BEIJING; CHINA: Kenya signed agreements worth $5 billion (Sh425 billion) with China on Monday, on the day President Uhuru Kenyatta was accorded a formal welcome including a 21-gun salute at the Great Hall of the People, the most iconic building in China.
Some $4 billion covered economic partnerships, wildlife protection, and the standard gauge railway linking the port of Mombasa and the border town of Malaba, which President Uhuru Kenyatta said would provide better access to markets to goods from Kenya as well as Uganda Rwanda, Burundi and
eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Another $1 billion was for energy-related projects.
The agreements were a massive boost to the Jubilee Government, which has pledged to improve the lives of ordinary Kenyans through better service delivery that is underpinned by increased investments in all sectors of
“These agreements deepen our practical cooperation,” President Xi told President Uhuru shortly before the agreements were signed adding that China supports Kenya’s quest for industrialisation.
President Xi said China was also exploring other areas of investment, including in agribusiness, irrigation, fertiliser production and purchases, and technology.
President Xi said China would also support Kenya’s plans to host a clearing house for the Chinese renminbi currency in Nairobi – greatly boosting the Kenyan capitals credentials as a leading financial hub.
“We welcome the investment in key sectors of our economy. The rail link, particularly, is important in the context of East Africa’s shared goal of ensuring quicker movement of peoples, goods and services,” President Kenyatta said.
Presidents Xi and Uhuru pledged to increase contact between China’s ruling party and Kenya’s ruling Jubilee coalition.
They agreed that party-to-party contact was essential to bolster political and economic partnerships.
Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, China to sign MOU to promote trade balance
Updated Monday, August 19th 2013 at 20:03 GMT +3
The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry National Chairman Mr Kiprono Kittony has arrived in China as the head of a 69 member trade and business delegation to China.
He will join President Uhuru Kenyatta to execute a major push to woo Chinese investors and carry out negotiations aimed at achieving trade balance with the Asian economic giant.
On arrival, Mr Kittony, whose Chamber will be signing an MOU with the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, made clear their intention saying it will help Kenya in boosting its investment.
“This tour is critical for our country’s business aspirations. We will be looking to partner with Chinese firms to attain value addition of Kenyan products before export. This is one of the ways of achieving trade balance that is currently hugely in favour of China," Mr Kittony said.
The delegation is from different sectors of the Kenyan economy which include: Hospitality, banking and finance, mining, transport, building and construction, energy and agriculture.
On the trade imbalance, Mr Kittony said one of the ways of narrowing the gap was by Kenya diversifying the number of products entrepreneurs export to China.
“We will need to create more business linkages with relevant Chinese business enterprises in order to help our people export more," he added.
Mr Kittony challenged Chinese investors to set up companies in Kenya and manufacture locally for export to the Chinese market.
“Chinese business should enter joint ventures with Kenyans or even individually and take advantage of the political stability and the very attractive investment incentives provided by the Kenyan government.”
The delegation is expected to sign an MOU with the Beijing Chamber of Commerce and Industry whose main objective is to promote trade between Kenyan and Chinese entrepreneurs.
Many business to business matchmaking meetings have also been arranged between the Kenyans and the Chinese counterparts.
Mr Kittony lauded the move by the President Uhuru to include large business delegations, who are all paying for themselves in his entourage saying this will expose the Kenyan business people to the many opportunities available in China.
He noted that among the highlights of the president’s engagements with the Chinese leadership is the conclusion of discussions on the Standard Gauge Railway line project.
“The proposed Standard Gauge Railway line will be a major boost to our Intra-Africa trade aspirations. I hope the president will wrap this up during state visit to China” said KNCCI National Chairperson.
Mr Kittony said Kenya was well positioned to be the manufacturing, education, medical, transport hub in the East, Central and the horn of Africa region.
“We must therefore put our acts together and roll out the infrastructure including addressing the high energy if we must exploit the over 200 million people market.”