Kenya and China to further deepen economic relations

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Chinese president Xi Jinping when president Kenyatta visited China last year .PHOTO COURTESY

Nairobi,KENYA: Speaker of the Senate Ken Lusaka and H.E. Wang Yang  Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) of the People’s Republic of China hailed the existing strong economic and bilateral relations between the two countries, adding that there was a need to deepen cooperation.

This is after Yang paid him a courtesy call at his Parliament Buildings Office on Monday.

Speaker Lusaka hailed the Kenya-China ties saying that Kenya recognizes the important role that the CPPCC plays in solidifying the social and economic partnerships between their two countries and Africa as a whole.

“Your visit to our Parliament today is a significant a step in recognizing that the contribution and influence of Parliament and Parliamentary Diplomacy are key to complementing and strengthening social, economic and financial partnerships that impact on the lives of our people and countries,” said Speaker Lusaka.

Over 400 Chinese Companies operate in Kenya, employing over 55,000 Kenyans. In 2017, 60,000 Chinese tourists visited Kenya.

H.E. Yang, who is the head of the top political advisory body in China, said that he and his country hold Kenya in great regard, necessitating the three-day official visit to Kenya.

“Kenya is among the first countries I have visited since my election as Chair of the CPPCC in March this year. This demonstrates the importance of this great country to China. I hope that this visit will deepen our 55-year relationship,” said  Yang.

. Yang also took the opportunity to share with the Senate Speaker progress made by his country on the war against corruption over the past 5 years.

“To get rid of the cancer of corruption, over 440 ministerial officials have been investigated and prosecuted through legal means while on the military side, over 100 at the rank of General upwards have been indicted,” Yang explained.

As a token of friendship to the Senate, H.E. Yang donated KES 1,000,000 worth of office supplies to be channeled through their Embassy.

Present at the meeting were CS Raphael Tuju, Sen Yusuf Haji, (Chair, National Security and Foreign Relations); Sen Abshiro Halake (Vice Chair, Committee on ICT); Sen Ledama Olekina (Senator, Narok) and Mr. Jeremiah Nyegenye, Clerk of Senate.