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NAIROBI (Xinhua) — A job applicant is interviewed by a staff member of Roton Africa at a career fair of Chinese companies in Nairobi, on Oct. 29, 2018. An organization of Chinese companies in Kenya on Monday opened a career fair here offering more than 1,000 job opportunities to Kenyans. XINHUA PHOTO: ZHANG YU

Chinese firms hold career fair to offer job opportunities to Kenyans

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- An organization of Chinese companies in Kenya on Monday opened a career fair in Nairobi offering more than 1,000 job opportunities to Kenyans.

Li Xuhang, charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, said at the job fair that Chinese multinational companies will provide Kenyan talents with the best offers.

“There are over 50 Chinese companies providing more than 1,000 job opportunities,” Li said during the “Hand in Hand for Common Growth” job fair held by Kenya-China Economic and Trade Association (KCETA).

Chinese companies, under their umbrella body KCETA, and with the support from the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, organized the day-long career fair in a bid to attract future employees and build relationships with the Kenyan youth.

Some of the leading companies that showcased their businesses include Power Construction Corporation of China (POWERCHINA), China Road and Bridge Corporation, China Wuyi, Huawei Kenya and AVIC International.

Li said that the event is an ideal platform for more bright young people to land their dream jobs and for Chinese companies to find their needed talents.

KCETA statistics showed that by the end of 2016, more than 42,000 local employees were working for 73 KCETA member companies.

Wang Yantao, representative of the KCETA and executive vice president of POWERCHINA International Group Limited, said that his organization is always encouraging Chinese firms to embrace localization in order to create more job opportunities for Kenyans, improve capacity building of human resources by training and technical support activities.

Wang said that the job fair is an appropriate platform that provides a unique opportunity for engagement, networking and potential partnerships between employers and the applicants.

“I have a strong belief that the career fair will be a win-win event for everyone and employers will find the best applicants and the applicants will find a place to realize their personal achievements,” he added.

Wang observed that the career fair will also be a great event to improve employment and boost the economic growth in Kenya.

According to Wang, Chinese firms are happy to witness the dynamic economy and social growth and development of Kenya in the last decades and are proud to be engaged in the Kenyan economy.

He said that Chinese firms always recognize and appreciate the opportunities that Kenya has offered them.

Christopher Chika, director of Asia and Australasia Directorate at Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the Chinese job fair came at a time when there are a lot of worry about Chinese involvement in Kenya and Africa.

“A lot of this is misinformed because China is coming into the global scene in a positive way and we are seeing the results of involvement,” Chika said.

He observed that the standard gauge railway is the most famous evidence of the positive role that China has made in Kenya. He noted that Kenya’s relations with China is both comprehensive and strategic and it is growing from strength to strength.

Chika said that there are over 400 Chinese enterprises in the Kenyan economy which provide many jobs to Kenyans and this number will increase because China is here to stay for the long haul.

He noted that Kenya is keen to partner with China so that it can borrow from the experiences that the Asian nation has gained over the past decades of its economic growth.

The Kenyan official said that China and Kenya are already developing industrial parks and special economic zones that will result in a lot of manufacturing activity and jobs for the youth.

According to the KCETA, the Chinese companies received more than 3,300 copies of resumes from local job seekers.



Chinese firms attract Kenyan youth looking for jobs, skills upgrade

By Naftali Mwaura, Wang Xiaopeng NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Ruth Wambui grew up in a farming village on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital Nairobi where the virtues of hard work, fortitude and service were inculcated in her at a tender age.

The 24-year-old commerce and accounting major from a local university has a calm demeanor yet her zeal to join the ranks of youthful peers who have secured well-paying jobs has not diminished in the face of stiff competition.

Wambui was among hundreds of young people who attended a joint career fair in Nairobi on Monday organized by a consortium of Chinese companies operating in Kenya with the aim of showcasing opportunities that were up for grabs.

She was in high spirits after visiting the stand of Power Construction Corporation of China (POWERCHINA), where friendly attendants explained to her the job opportunities available and how to qualify for them.

“This career fair is an exciting opportunity for me because I have managed to talk to representatives of several Chinese companies that are exhibiting who requested my contact details,” Wambui told Xinhua.

“It was refreshing to hear how these companies are ready to hire skilled local youth,” she added, expressing the hope that she will “be one of them in the near future.”

The Kenya-China Economic and Trade Association (KCETA), with support from the Chinese embassy in Kenya, hosted the one-day career fair to raise awareness on potential job opportunities for local youth.

About 50 Chinese firms with around 1,000 job opportunities participated in the career fair that resonated with Kenyan youth aspiring to secure well-paying jobs and upgrade their technical and managerial skills.

Wambui and her peers who learnt about the career fair from announcements in the media and social media platforms expressed optimism that working for a Chinese firm would be a game changer in their personal and professional lives.

“At least, I am lucky to have an experience with a Chinese company during my internship at China Wuyi. My desire is to become an accomplished auditor and hopefully render my service to any of the Chinese company based in Kenya,” Wambui told Xinhua.

The inaugural career fair organized by Chinese companies based in Kenya was a draw to local youth whose zeal to work for them, earn decent income and refine their skills was palpable.

Walter Kirivwa, a 22-year-old education major from a Kenyan university, hailed the career fair, terming it an eyeopener to skilled youth yearning for a chance to work for Chinese companies that are behind economic transformation in the country.

“This event came at an opportune time and has exposed us to the enormous opportunities that Chinese firms have for trained youth. We must appreciate that Chinese companies are strong in infrastructure, real estate and technology that is changing our lives,” Kirivwa said.

He dropped his contacts at several Chinese companies’ booths in the hope that a positive feedback would be forthcoming.

An estimated 400 Chinese firms that are operating in Kenya have created many new jobs for local youths while providing a platform for this demographic to hone skills in various disciplines like engineering and finance.

Kate Ouma, a 23-year-old finance major, said Chinese firms, whose investments portfolio in Kenya is expanding, have become prized employers of choice among local youth.

“It is a fact that our country is benefiting from massive investments from Chinese companies and the youth are keen to work for them given that decent incomes and career mobility is guaranteed,” Ouma said.

She engaged in a chat with attendants at China Wuyi booth and later dropped her mailing address for future correspondence.

Elvis Muli, a 24-year-old major in procurement and logistics, who travelled from the port city of Mombasa to visit the career fair in Nairobi, said that he aspired to work for any of the Chinese firms operating in Kenya to earn a living and gain from exposure.

“I am informed that Chinese companies are strong on logistics that happens to be my field of expertise. I travelled all the way from Mombasa to learn how these firms recruit their staff and network with a potential employer,” said Muli.

Kenyan officials who attended the inaugural career fair, organized by the umbrella body representing Chinese companies in the country, said it marked a milestone in economic and trade cooperation between two long-standing partners.

“This career fair is one of a kind and a confirmation that our relationship with China is having a positive impact,” said Christopher Chika, director of Asia and Australasia Directorate at Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He said Kenya is keen to tap into skills and technology provided by Chinese firms to boost diversification of its economy.



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