The Chinese government provided funding for the establishment of
the research center that comprises state-of-the-art
laboratories, herbarium, green houses, administration offices,
and conference and accommodation facilities.
A Chinese firm carried out the construction work.
The research center includes buildings of 4,300 square
meters, and a 36-acre botanical garden.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences supports its management and
has donated equipment worth more than 2.2 million U.S. dollars
for the facility.
Liu Xianfa, Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, said the
establishment of the research center marked a significant
milestone in Sino-Africa cooperation in the field of science,
technology and innovations.
"The aim of this project is to pursue development and
environmental protection in a holistic way and build a green
Africa that enjoys sustainable development," Liu said at the
He added that the joint research centre will provide a
platform for a robust and mutually beneficial collaboration
between Chinese and African scientists.