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Strathmore University to offer training on Belt
and Road Initiative to boost China-Kenya ties

by Ronald Njoroge NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s Strathmore University plans to train its students on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in order to boost China-Kenya ties.

Martin Mbaya, associate director for public sector programs and digitization at Strathmore University Business School told Xinhua in Nairobi on Wednesday that Kenya’s policymakers and learners should understand China as Kenya is a key node of the BRI.

"Strathmore business school has a strong appreciation of the transformative effect of the BRI in Africa and therefore our undergraduate and postgraduate courses explore the BRI," said Mbaya on the sidelines of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) annual research forum.

The five-day event brought together academia, think tanks, government officers and the private sector from the 21 member states to discuss emerging topical issues in regional integration.

Mbaya noted that China and Kenya relationships go a long way and that the Asian giant has played a key role in the transformation of Kenya’s infrastructure.

"Along with the modern infrastructure, the BRI has also resulted in skills transfer to Kenyans," he observed.

According to the scholar, Kenyan policy makers need to understand the BRI given that China is a key partner of the country.

Mbaya noted that as the Chinese economy expands and its international influence increases, the BRI has now emerged as a global impetus for transformation.
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Xi’s special envoy Yang Jiechi and Kenyan president meet on bilateral ties

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping’s special envoy Yang Jiechi and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta met here Wednesday to discuss bilateral ties.
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Yang, a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, extended greetings to Kenyatta on behalf of Xi, saying the several meetings between the two leaders in recent years has led the comprehensive strategic partnership into a new era.

He said China is committed to continue helping Kenya to achieve Vision 2030 and the Big Four Agenda, under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and by implementing agreements made at the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

He said the pragmatic cooperation between the two countries has achieved remarkable results. The Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway(SGR) has been running well and the Phase 1 of Nairobi-Malaba SGR is near completion.

He added that China is willing to strengthen coordination and cooperation with the Kenyan side in international and regional affairs and jointly safeguard multilateralism, international fairness and justice and the common interests of developing countries.

 

 Chinese President Xi Jinping’s special envoy Yang Jiechi | Coastweek

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping’s special envoy Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, meets with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi. XINHUA PHOTO - ZHANG YU
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For his part, Kenyatta asked Yang to convey his cordial greetings to President Xi and thanked China for its selfless help in Kenya’s economic and social development.

Hailing the rapidly developing cooperation, Kenyatta said Kenya and African countries are willing to work with China to implement the outcome of the Beijing Summit of FOCAC and further deepen pragmatic cooperation in various fields. Sino-African cooperation is mutually beneficial and is welcomed by African countries.

Kenya is committed to firmly defend multilateralism, free trade as well as the international trade system.

Yang also met with Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma on Wednesday and discussed bilateral ties.
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EARLIER REPORT:

Kenya launches first Chinese Film Week to boost cultural cooperation

by Ronald Njoroge NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya on Monday launched the Chinese Film Week, the first of its kind in the east African country, to boost cultural cooperation between the two countries.

During Sept. 2-6, Kenyans will watch 10 popular Chinese movies for free.

Joe Mucheru, cabinet secretary for the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology, vowed to enhance cooperation between Kenya and China in the field of culture in general.

The event will showcase Chinese films of different genre, ranging from action, comedy, romance to drama.

Mucheru said that the Chinese government has made efforts to ensure that Chinese history and culture is preserved and correctly depicted in film, adding that "Kenya will also continue to invest so that its culture and history is also put in films."

The government official said that during his visit to China last year, he held talks with Chinese officials and both parties agreed to cooperate in the production of films.

"This collaboration will help us grow in the area of jobs, skills and technology in film production," he added.

The Economic and Commercial Counselor of Chinese Embassy in Kenya Guo Ce said the Chinese Film Week in Nairobi is one of the events celebrating the 70th founding anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

He noted that the purpose of the film week is to enhance people to people understanding between two the counties.

The Chinese diplomat said that the film sector is important because it reflects a country’s history, philosophy and values.

According to Guo, by now, the film sector has become an important component of the creative industry in China and it has emerged as the second largest film market in the world.

Ogeng’o Julius, deputy vice chancellor of University of Nairobi, said that the Chinese Film Week provides an opportunity for Kenyans to explore and appreciate Chinese films.

He noted that the rapid growth of the Chinese film industry has attracted the attention of Kenyan universities where talent is developed.

             

 

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