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NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Eunice Lamba-Chacha [left], Deputy Director, Directorate of Immigration and Registration of Persons and chief Guest presents a certificate to an immigration officer during a graduation ceremony at the University of Nairobi’s Confucius Institute in Nairobi. Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) officers [right] attend their graduation ceremony at the University of Nairobi’s Confucius Institute in Nairobi. KRA and immigration officials on Friday completed a three-month Chinese language course to sharpen their skills as part of efforts to promote interactions with Chinese visitors. XINHUA PHOTOS - CHARLES ONYANGO

Confucius Institute helps Kenyans with Chinese language skills

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and immigration officials on Friday completed a three-month Chinese language course to sharpen their skills as part of efforts to promote interactions with Chinese visitors.

Guo Hong, director of Confucius Institute at University of Nairobi said that 20 Kenyan officers, who frequently interact with Chinese visitors, were selected to undertake the three-month course.

"The officers will help to promote closer Sino-Kenya ties by being able to communicate effectively with Chinese visitors in Kenya," Guo said during the graduation ceremony.

The 10 immigration and 10 customs officers constitute the second batch of civil servants who have been trained on Chinese Language at the Confucius Institute.

Guo said that the language course which is supported by the Chinese Embassy in Kenya is one of the efforts aimed at making more and more people know Chinese language and culture.

The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government Deputy Director of Immigration Services Eunice Lamba-Chacha said that the study of Chinese language will help Kenya to bridge the cultural gap and enhance the understanding of the Chinese people.

"The officers will now be able to address Chinese customers in the language that they understand best and are most comfortable communicating in," Lamba-Chacha said.

"The training therefore comes at an opportune time when the Chinese investments and presence in Kenya are increasing," she added.

Lamba-Chacha said that there shall be a remarkable improvement in the delivery of services by the graduates at their respective duty stations.

She noted that the process of globalization has brought with cross-border movements in response to investment opportunities, education, capital and hence the need for Kenyan government officers to learn foreign languages.
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Chinese community donates to drought victims in Kenya

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The Chinese community in Kenya on Friday donated 20,000 U.S. dollars to the Kenya Red Cross (KRC) to strengthen life-saving interventions for drought victims in the country.

Representatives of Kenya Overseas Chinese Association presented the cash donation to support provision of relief food to communities affected by a biting drought that peaked early this year.

"When the Kenyan government declared drought a national disaster in February, we launched a fund raising initiative to help the victims.

"Today’s donation will be channeled to populations in need of food," said the Chairman of Kenya Overseas Chinese Association, Guo Wenchang.

He added that the Chinese community in Kenya is committed to assisting local communities affected by natural disasters like drought.

"We believe Kenyans are our brothers and sisters and will uphold the Chinese tradition of helping those in difficult situation," Guo remarked.

Chinese nationals lend a hand when Kenya experienced a devastating drought in 2011. Guo revealed that the Chinese community donated 60 tons of food for distribution to drought stricken northern counties.

Kenya Red Cross Secretary General Abbas Gullet said donation from Chinese citizens will provide respite to communities facing a dire humanitarian crisis occasioned by prolonged dry spell.

"The Chinese community’s contribution to drought relief is a very noble gesture," said Gullet.

An estimated 3 million Kenyans in 23 counties are affected by a severe drought that is expected to subsidize when the long rain season peak in April and May.

Gullet said that relief agencies have intensified fundraising to avert a humanitarian crisis in drought affected counties.

             

 

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