NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya is seeking preferential trade terms with China
in order to reduce trade imbalance with the Asian nation, a
government official said on Monday.
Chris Kiptoo, Principal
Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International
Trade, told journalists in Nairobi that he has already held fruitful
discussions with Chinese government officials on better trade terms.
"We want Kenyan firms to be able to access the huge Chinese
market as part of plans to boost our export earnings," Kiptoo said.
"We are seeking market access under terms that will not
contravene the World Trade Organizations trading rules," he said
during a trade forum organized by the Export Promotion Council (EPC).
Kiptoo noted that Kenyan firms face challenges while trying to
penetrate the Chinese market especially in the area of import duty
as well as sanitary and phytosanitary measures.
"Our small firms are not sophisticated enough to be able to
overcome the hurdles of international trade so we are asking the
Chinese government to extend assistance to our local producers," he
He noted that China is a very huge market due to its huge
population as well as rising number of middle and high income
According to the senior official, there are already direct
flights between two nations which make bilateral trade easier.
He said that the best way for Kenya to boost exports to China is
to agree with Beijing authorities on certain products where Kenya
has competitive advantage that can be specifically produced for the