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