NAIROBI– President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that Kenya will open consulates in Guangzhou and Shanghai to facilitate inter-actions between the peoples of Kenya ad China.

The President said the new consulates-general in the two Chinese financial and industrial hubs will help Kenya tap the huge potential existing in the tourism and commercial sector and will promote people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

I intend to establish Consulate Generals in Guangzhou and Shanghai to facilitate the growing inter-actions between our peoples, said President Kenyatta here tuesday when he met the visiting Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Wang Yang.

President Kenyatta told China’s top legislator that Kenya is satisfied with the tremendous progress achieved in co-operation between the two countries over the past decade through their continued partnership which has had positive impact in the social and economic spheres.

Since December 2015, Kenya has received 13 grant projects worth 102 million US dollars, four preferential loans projects worth 292 million USD, 14 commercial projects worth 8.545 billion USD and a cumulative investment projects amounting 564 million USD from China.

During the same period, over 2,000 Kenyans benefited from academic scholarships and professional courses ranging from short to long-term, sponsored by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, said President Kenyatta.

The President also referred to the Standard Gauge Railway, the largest single infrastructure project in Eastern Africa, which Kenya implemented with Chinese partnership, saying the SGR had contributed to further consolidating Kenya’s role as the logistics hub and economic powerhouse of East Africa.

During his visitto kenya from Sunday to Tuesday, Wang visited the SGR Nairobi terminus and took a short ride on the railway from Nairobi to Athi River, accompanied by Transport Cabinet Secretary (Minister) James Macharia.

Wang said his visit is aimed at demonstrating positive assessment and recognition of the fruitful outcome of Kenya and China co-operation and to follow through the consensus reached by President Kenyatta and Chinese President Xi Jinping.