NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya is seeking more science and
technology partnerships with China in order to spur
Director General of National Commission for Science,
Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI), told Xinhua in
Nairobi that Beijing’s economic development in the past
three decades hinged on innovations arising from
investments in science and technology.
among the countries that we are seeking to establish
more linkages so as to help build our expertise in
various science disciplines in order to catalyze our
economic growth,” Rugutt said on the sidelines of the
Seventh National Science Week which runs until Friday.
Kenya as a low middle income nation is yet to fully
develop a robust research and development industry due
to a number of financial and technical challenges.
therefore keen to borrow lessons from nations that are
at the forefront of technological innovations such as
China,” he said.
China have already established partnerships in the
higher education sector. Rugutt said the Chinese
government has offered scholarship opportunities to
Kenyan students to learn in various fields of education
General noted that Kenya’s Egerton University and
China’s Nanjing University are already collaborating in
the area of agricultural development.
Sino-Kenyan cooperation, Egerton University will receive
assistance in development of high yielding crop
varieties that will be made available to Kenyan farmers.
government hopes that the new crop varieties will help
boost Kenya’s food security.
NACOSTI, the involvement of Chinese firms in the
construction of major infrastructure projects has been
of enormous benefit to Kenya.
personnel who have worked for the Chinese construction
firms have received advanced technology and expertise
from China,” Rugutt said.
that Chinese presence in the Kenyan economy is bound to
have lasting positive impact on the well-being of
the Chinese government is supporting the Kenyan
Technical Vocational Education and Training Institutions
with modern equipment to boost technical capacity of
Kenya’s human resource.
government also plans to open technical training
institutions in each of the 47 counties in order to spur
innovations in technology.
As part of
the Sino-Kenyan education cooperation, Kenya’s Kabete
Technical Institute and Nyeri National Polytechnic have
been selected to manufacture mechanical spares which
will be exported to China.
aims to build the technical capacity of Kenyans to
produce products that are globally competitive.
noted that Kenya is seeking to follow in the footsteps
of China by increasing investments in research.
that while Chinese investment in research and
development is close to three percent of Gross Domestic
Product (GDP), Kenya’s investment is less than one
percent of GDP.
government data, the National Treasury will allocate 30
million U.S. dollars for research activities in Kenya.
will be used to buy equipment for research laboratories
as well as to finance those who have innovative ideas
that can be commercialized.
travelers a boon to Ethiopia service industry: experts
ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia (Xinhua)
-- As the number of Chinese
travelers to Ethiopia steadily rises, the service
industry in the East African country is among those that
have received the most benefits.
industry and the tourism sector, in particular, have
gained from the growing Chinese travelers, according to
the Ethiopian Airlines Group and the Ethiopian Ministry
of Culture and Tourism.
the Ethiopian Airlines Group, which is considered the
largest airline group in Africa, close to 4,000 Chinese
passengers currently use the Ethiopian airline’s flight
services on a daily basis.
flag carrier in its report presented to the Ethiopian
parliament last month indicated that “Chinese passengers
represent one of the largest customer bases of the
Ethiopian airlines group, which is widely recognized as
one of Africa’s fastest growing airlines, has been
frequently expressing its interest in attracting Chinese
passengers into the African continent and beyond.
Woldemariam, Managing Director of Ethiopian airline’s
International Service, recently told Xinhua that the
airlines has strong aspirations to grow its relations
with Chinese customers towards being “the most
Chinese-friendly transit hub and airline in the African
why the Ethiopian airline is preferred by majority of
Chinese passengers, Woldemariam said that “we have a
Chinese help desk here at the hub for passengers passing
through here to Africa and coming back, we have Chinese
dedicated staff here, we have Chinese crew on board, we
have Chinese food, and we have Chinese call-center.”
also celebrates Chinese festivals in a bid to attract
its Chinese customers, which include a special event for
Chinese nationals returning home for the Chinese New
Year, or Spring Festival every February.
Airlines is currently the biggest carrier of passenger
and cargo between China and Africa, with 5 destinations
in China that are Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Chengdu
and Guangzhou. The company has also finalized its
preparations to add Shenzhen on the list.
service sector that strongly benefited from
international Chinese visitors is Ethiopia’s tourism
industry, in which the East African country has recorded
169.6 million U.S. dollars in revenue from 45,307
Chinese tourists that visited the country in 2017.
tourists are the largest group of tourists to Ethiopia.
The 2017 Chinese tourists figures have shown a steady
increase from 2016 numbers, which stood at 41,659.
Xinhua, Gezahegn Abate, Public and International
Relations Director at Ethiopia Ministry of Culture and
Tourism (MoCT), said that the ministry is “encouraging
Chinese investment in Ethiopia’s hospitality sector with
a view to dramatically increasing the number of Chinese
further announced its hopes that the increasing flight
connection between Ethiopia and Chinese destinations
will help sustain the steady increase of Chinese
tourists to Ethiopia.
airlines group had previously revealed its aspirations
to represent the bigger share of the Chinese tourists’
market, which at more than 120 million is estimated to
be the single largest tourist numbers globally.
interview with Xinhua, Tewolde GebreMariam, CEO of the
Ethiopian Airlines Group, has said with the air carrier
having a presence in China since 1973, one of the
handful foreign airlines pioneers at the time, it has
been a witness to the economic transformation of the
China is the single largest market for Ethiopian
Airlines with 5 destinations and more than 31 total
weekly flights,” he said, adding that ET has the largest
market share on flights between China and Africa,
employing dozens of Chinese nationals as cabin crew
members in its flight to China.