(Xinhua) -- The Chinese community residing in Kenya
on Friday donated 144 tonnes of cooking oil, maize and wheat
flour to boost humanitarian interventions for drought victims in
nine Kenyan counties.
The Kenya-China Economic and Trade
Association, in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy in Kenya
and the Kenya Overseas Chinese Association, extended the
donation worth 160,000 U.S. dollars in aid of Kenya’s national
drought relief campaign.
Speaking at the flagging-off ceremony
for the food donation by Chinese nationals, Principal Secretary
of Ministry of Devolution and Planning Josephta Mukobe lauded
Beijing for timely response to the country’s drought which has
affected an estimated 3 million people.
“We appreciate the kind gesture by
Chinese community toward people affected by drought. It is
my hope that we will continue to cooperate not just in
drought intervention but also in technology and other areas
that can help the country develop,” Mukobe said.
Mukobe noted that the Chinese
community living in Kenya was quick to respond to a presidential
appeal for emergency food aid for drought victims.
She added that Kenya is ready to
borrow expertise from China to find long-term solution to
recurrent droughts that are linked to climate change.
“Our relationship should be a two way
traffic, Kenya can learn some lessons from China on how to
deal with drought and China can also pick some lessons from
our experience on the issue,” said Mukobe.
Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa
and executives from the Chinese companies operating in Kenya
attended the flagging-off ceremony for the latest food donation.
Chinese firms and nationals living in
Kenya have made a series of food donations to Kenya’s drought
victims in line with the spirit of solidarity and friendship.
Liu said China is committed to lending
material and technical assistance to enable Kenya and other
African countries deal with drought and other natural disasters
“China is always willing to share its
experience and knowhow with African brothers, helping you to
develop modern agriculture, upgrade your anti-disaster
facilities and build your capacity,” said Liu.
He added that China will lend support
toward development of irrigation, water and grain storage
infrastructure in Kenya in a bid to tackle the country’s growing
food insecurity for the long haul.
The Chinese government in March
announced donation of 21,366 tonnes of rice, worth 21.8 million
U.S. dollars, to alleviate hunger and malnutrition among Kenya’s
drought victims. Liu said earlier that the rice would be shipped
to Kenya soon and would support 1.4 million drought-affected
people for one month.
Liu disclosed the Chinese government
has also contributed 5 million dollars through the World Food
Program to Somali and South Sudanese refugees in Kenya.