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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to sign railway financing agreement with EAC leaders

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By Ben Kinyanjui and PSCU

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang who arrived in Nairobi Friday at the start of a three-day state visit is expected to meet with key leaders from the East African Community (EAC) for talks on infrastructure development.Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Nairobi Friday for crucial talksChinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Nairobi Friday for crucial talks

Mr Keqiang will on Sunday sign the Standard Gauge Railway Agreement between the Chinese government and regional leaders President Uhuru Kenyatta, Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni

When completed, the standard gauge railway is expected to link the Kenyan port of Mombasa to the Burundi capital Bujumbura, through Kampala and Kigali. It will also expand to the South Sudan capital of Juba.

The leaders will be joined by Presidents Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania), President Salva Kiir (South Sudan) and a representative of the government of Burundi for talks on regional infrastructure.

The Premier will also hold bilateral meetings with his host, President Kenyatta, centred on bilateral, trade and business relations between the two countries. The leaders will discuss a wide range of areas of cooperation, as well as regional matters.

The two are expected to sign more than 10 MOUs and agreements that will deepen the ties between Kenya and China.

Statehouse sources say the agreements will cover a wide range of areas, including financing for infrastructure, agriculture and wildlife conservation.

Premier Li Keqiang is expected to make a major statement on ivory when he visits the famed ivory burning site at the Nairobi National Park on Saturday evening.

During his stay, the Premier will also visit the National Youth Service on Thika Road, which has previously received financing from the Government of China.


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