Musyoka NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Chinese companies in
Kenya said Friday they are ready to partner with their Kenyan
counterparts to provide the skills, financing and capacity
needed to realize the Big Four Agenda of the east African
Zhang Haifeng, the chairman of the
Kenya China Economic and Trade Association (KCETA), said the two
countries have already realized win-win partnership that should
be depended to help Kenya fast track the attainment of
“Cheaper transport, electricity and
water are good for development and China has the capacity to
provide construction works on these for Kenya,” he said in
the capital of Nairobi during Big Four Agenda seminar
organized by the Chinese Embassy in Kenya.
“I want to encourage Chinese
manufacturers in Kenya to work with their Kenyan
counterparts to encourage skills transfer and also learn
from Kenyans. We also want Chinese companies to employ more
Kenyans in order to empower the youth,” said Zhang.
He said Chinese companies in Kenya
must understand that they cannot achieve much under the Big Four
Agenda if they do not work with the government, the private
sector and the common Kenyans.
Big Four Agenda is a five-year
development plan by President Uhuru Kenyatta to transform the
lives of Kenyans through manufacturing, food security, universal
health insurance and cheaper housing, meant to consolidate his
legacy in his last term that ends in 2022.
Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa
said China and Kenya officials are currently engaged in speeding
up policy formulation in order to ensure that Kenya benefits
from the Belt and Road Initiative, of which Kenya was named as a
strategic partner of Chinese government.
The ambassador said he is working with
Kenyan counterparts on how to increase China’s support to Kenya
to help it achieve industrialized status.
“We are speeding up discussions on
joint investments and how to enable Kenya to access more
Chinese market, especially for its agriculture produce,” he
He said China will help Kenya build
more industrial and economic zones and observed that there are
many industrial parks that have already started being
constructed along the Chinese-built Standard Gauge Railway.
“We are also working with Kenyans
officials to speed up skills transfer in the production of
maize and rice. I want to encourage Chinese companies in
Kenya to now focus more on the Big Four Agenda to help
transform this country,” he added.