NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Chinese embassy in Kenya on Friday held an interactive
session with local employees of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR)
commuter train as part of a series of activities to mark the
55th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic ties
between China and Kenya.
Li Xuhang, charge d’affaires
at the Chinese Embassy in Kenya and senior executives from the
Africa Star Railway Operation Company that operates the SGR
passenger service, joined dozens of local employees for a
bonding session to strengthen friendship and cross-cultural
"You are not only the witness of the development of
China-Kenya relations and co-operation but also the builders of
our shared future," Li told local SGR workers, adding that
Kenyan staff accounts for 72.7 percent of all the SGR commuter
Li said the modern commuter train dubbed Madaraka Express
that operates along the 480 km Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge
Railway has been at the forefront of cementing China-Kenya
"In the new era, the SGR will set an example for building a
China-Africa community of shared future," said Li.
"I believe that with the joint efforts of Chinese and Kenyan
staff, the SGR will continue to be a shining landmark for
China-Kenya friendship and co-operation," he added.
The SGR commuter train has ferried 2.12 million passengers
since its launch and is credited for revolutionizing transport
and commerce in Kenya.
Li Qiang, Chairman of Africa Star Railway Operation Company
Limited said its localization program has focused on skills
upgrade of Kenyan employees to enhance their competence.
"By professional training and skills competition, we have
steadily promoted localization and rapidly nurtured groups of
Kenyan SGR operation professionals," he said.
"These initiatives are only the first steps in the company’s
efforts to integrate employees, promote localization, strengthen
corporate culture and enhance company development," he added.
Eric Macharia, a team leader at the SGR passenger management
division, said the modern train service has provided a platform
for local youth to realize their career aspirations.