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China and Kenya signs 15 agreements to enhance cooperation
By JK Mwangi and Kazungu Chai (PSCU)
Kenya and China have signed 15 agreements ranging from trade, energy and Technical Corporation to wildlife conservation.
The documents signed at a ceremony witnessed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, included an exchange of notes on provision of materials for wild animals protection, a move that will enable China to contribute resources towards the protection
of Kenya’s wildlife.
Others were a concessional loan agreement on Nairobi’s 132 KV and 66 KV network upgrade reinforcement phase II project which will see the Chinese Government provide support to increase supply of electricity.
Also signed were an agreement on the Economic and Technical Cooperation that will see the Government of Kenya receive grants from the Chinese Government.
Also signed was an agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation for interest free loans from the Chinese Government and a framework agreement on the provision of concessional loan by China for Kenya’s development projects.
A number of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) were also signed between the Government of Kenya and the Government of the People’s Republic of China.
These included a MoU between Kenya’s Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China on Aviation Cooperation.
It provides for China’s support to Kenya’s aviation sector including construction and upgrading of airports.
An agreement on Agricultural Cooperation between the Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and the Chinese government will provide for cooperation between the two countries to boost food security in Kenya.
The MoU on health cooperation will facilitate China’s support to boost Kenya’s target of improving the health sector by scaling up the fight against diseases including malaria.
The agreement between the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources of Kenya and the State Forestry Administration of China will ensure cooperation between the two countries on environmental conservation.
The MoU between the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts of Kenya and the Chinese Ministry of Culture will facilitate China to establish a cultural centre in Kenya and also provides for cultural exchanges between the two countries.
The agreement on establishment of China-Kenya Joint Laboratory for Crop Molecular Biology between Kenya’s Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China will see the establishment of a crop molecular biology laboratory by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology at Egerton University, Njoro in Nakuru County.
The MoU on Investment Promotion Cooperation between Kenya investment Authority and Investment Promotion Agency of the Ministry of Commerce of China is geared towards bridging the balance of trade which is currently in favour of China by giving Kenya’s products access to the Chinese market among other things.
Other documents signed included an agreement on Tana and Athi River Development Authority and China State Construction Engineering Corporation Limited for the Grand Falls Multipurpose Dam Project.
Also signed were Cooperation Framework for Promoting Small and Medium Enterprises Development in Eastern and Southern Africa between PTA Band and China Development Bank, and a MoU on Cooperation in the Aviation Industry in Kenya and the wider East African region.
It was signed by Astral Aviation Airlines of Kenya’s Board of Directors’ Chairman Anwar Majid Hussein and Consolidated Bank’s Chief Executive Mr Japheth Kisilu on the Kenyan side and China’s Hainan Airlines Board of Directors’ Chairman Chen Feng and China-Africa Development Fund Vice-President Lu Qingcheng on China’s side.