Kenya and China have stressed the need to entrench their win-win engagements for the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries.
Speaking during bilateral talks here Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (Parliament), Zhang Dejiang, noted that the two countries stood to benefit from the increased people-to-people engagements.
President Kenyatta said Kenya welcomed all the support it could get to improve the lives of its citizens, citing China as one of its key development partners.
“President Xi Jinping of China has always emphasized the importance of upholding mutual beneficial engagements during our meetings,” he added.
President Kenyatta said Kenya looked forward to the implementation of the 10-point Africa development plan outlined by President Xi during last year’s Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit in South Africa to boost strategic co-operation.
Programmes covered under the massive 6o billion US dollars initiative unveiled at the Johannesburg summit are in the areas of industrialization, agricultural modernization, infrastructure, financial services, green development, trade and investment facilitation, poverty reduction and public welfare, public health, people-to-people exchanges, and peace and security.
The Head of State welcomed the visit by the high-ranking Chinese official, saying his engagements with leaders in this country would boost political co-operation between the two countries. Zhang will meet members of the National Assembly and Senate to discuss ways of deepening partnerships between the legislative arms of the two countries.
“Legislators should understand the importance the Executive arm attaches to partnerships between the two countries,” said President Kenyatta, who observed that engagement with the two houses of parliament would strengthen the partnerships between political parties in the country and China’s Communist Party.
The engagement would also strengthen legislative processes to help speed-up the executive agenda on economic and trade cooperation between the two countries, he added.
Zhang said Kenya had a strong foundation based on the strong leadership of President Kenyatta’s administration and expressed confidence that the continued stability in Kenya heralded rapid development for the country.