Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya Meets With Wang Yi

On August 10, 2016 local time, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya met with visiting Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Presidential Palace in Nairobi.

Uhuru Kenyatta expressed that China is a sincere friend and important partner of Kenya, and both countries have understood and supported each other on a series of major issues for a long time. Kenya appreciates China’s assistance in its economic and social development. Political mutual trust between both countries is close and solid, with Kenya-China economic cooperation yielding mutual benefit and win-win results.

Kenya is willing to take the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) as a new starting point of cooperation to enhance bilateral high-level exchanges and exchanges between both political parties, align its development strategies with the “Belt and Road” initiative, promote an early operation of the Mombasa-Nairobi railway and work together on railway connectivity in East Africa, so as to achieve win-win cooperation between China and Kenya as well as other East African countries.

Kenya welcomes Chinese enterprises to expand investment in the country and hopes to deepen bilateral cooperation in production capacity and energy resources so as to become a gateway for Chinese products to enter Africa.

Wang Yi conveyed President Xi Jinping’s greetings to President Uhuru Kenyatta. Wang Yi said that with personal concerns and promotion from both heads of state, China-Kenya relations are at the best period in history.

China attaches great importance to bilateral relations, and lists Kenya as a model country with headmost actions and pilot plans in China-Africa production capacity cooperation, which has already released enormous economic and social effects.

China has full confidence in the prospects of the development of China-Kenya relations and hopes both countries can take advantage of the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit to maintain China-Kenya relations in the forefront of China-Africa cooperation.

Wang Yi stated that currently, China-Kenya practical cooperation is making remarkable progress and Chinese investment to Kenya is rapidly increasing, which shows the confidence of Chinese enterprises in bilateral cooperation and Kenya’s development.

China hopes that both countries can take the construction of the Mombasa-Nairobi railway as the lead to forge a new “trinity” cooperation pattern consisting of the Mombasa-Nairobi railway, the Mombasa Port and the Mombasa special economic zone.

China is ready to utilize its own advantages in production capacity to actively advance the construction of a land-port integrated industrial economic corridor and assist Kenya in speeding up its industrialization process.

Source: Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.