LANGUAGE BARRIER HAMPERS TRASNFER OF SKILLS TO WORK ON KENYA’S CHINA-BUILT RAILWAY

NAIROBI– Communication challenges between Chinese and Kenyans working on the country’s recently completed Standard Gauge Railway (SGRG) is slowing down the transfer of skills needed to operate the railway from the Chinese experts to local staff.

Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Sun Baohong says even though it had been projected that the number of Chinese working on the Standard Gauge Railway project would be drastically reduced as it progressed, this had faced the challenge of language barriers.

More than a year after passenger and cargo services started on the Standard Gauge Railway, reports have emerged that the number of Chinese nationals working on the railway remains higher than had been anticipated and that Kenyans were not being involved in key operations.

Chinese Embassy officials attribute this to communication challenges between Kenyan and Chinese workers.

Sun says China is keen to transfer skills by training more Kenyans on the technical management of the railway and train services operation which will see more locals recruited.

Commenting on concerns raised over Kenya’s public debt of which China accounts for 55 per cent, the ambassador says the financial dealings between the two countries have tangible results. Going forward, China intends to increase collaboration with Kenya in realizing the government’s Big Four agenda covering the Manufacturing, Agriculture, Universal Healthcare and Affordable Housing sectors, he adds.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK