Kenya, China determined to deepen relations and cooperation
Kenya and China are committed to further deepening their bilateral ties and cooperation, Kenya Foreign Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo said.
Speaking on Thursday at a bilateral meeting in the form of a ministerial roundtable with HE Wang Yi, Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China in Mombasa, the SC noted that in the framework of the Cooperation Forum China-Africa (FOCAC) and the Belt and Road initiative, development cooperation between Kenya and China continued to grow.
She said that as a result, China has supported Kenya’s national development agenda through extensive infrastructure development which has elevated the country’s stature as a regional transportation and communications hub. The SGR is presented as a flagship and pivotal project of the BRI.
“We have deliberated extensively on the impact of the Covid-19 situation around the world and our joint efforts to combat the disease as well as consolidate economic collaboration during the pandemic and the post-Covid-19 period. As you may know, China was one of the first countries to come to our aid in our quest to deal with the pandemic. We take this opportunity to once again appreciate China’s unwavering support in the fight against the pandemic, in the form of a donation of 200,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine and medical supplies and equipment, ”Amb said. Omamo.
She noted that the discussions also focused on the implementation of the results announced by HE Xi Jinping at the 8th Ministerial Conference on FOCAC held in Dakar, Senegal, from November 28 to 30, 2021, as well. than on the means to further consolidate the overall strategy. Cooperation Partnership between Kenya and China.
As you may know, during the 8th FOCAC Ministerial Conference, President Xi Jinping announced a wide range of proposals to support Africa, including the extension of one billion additional doses of Covid-vaccines. 19 to Africa, including 600 million through donations and 400 million through joint actions. -production. He further pledged $ 40 billion in funding focused on promoting Africa’s economic growth for the period 2022-2024, which will be administered through 9 programs, ”she added.
The SC said during the discussions that they talked about the areas of cooperation under the nine programs, signed six agreements.
In the area of health cooperation, China has agreed to donate 10 million dozen vaccines as part of the planned additional billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Africa. They agreed to continue discussions on cooperation in providing cold storage facilities, joint ventures in vaccine production and capacity building of medical personnel.
As part of poverty reduction and agricultural development initiatives, China has donated 12,000 tonnes of rice for relief efforts to families affected by Covid 19. The two countries have agreed to further explore cooperation in agricultural value addition, capacity building and trade facilitation for Kenya’s agricultural products.
In the area of trade promotion, both sides recognized the steady increase in bilateral trade and recognized the enormous potential for increasing the volumes and value of export trade by addressing both tariff and non-tariff barriers in order to fill the trade deficit which is in favor of China.
Kenya also signed a memorandum of understanding on the establishment of a working group that will examine the issues of tariff and non-tariff barriers to Kenya-China trade and the rapid increase in Kenya’s exports to China.
The two sides also concluded and signed two protocols aimed at facilitating bilateral trade, including the export of avocados and aquatic products from Kenya to China.
In the context of promoting bilateral investment, the two sides praised the expansion of investment relations between the two countries, noting that China is one of Kenya’s main sources of foreign direct investment. We agreed to work together to promote investment by Chinese enterprises in the fields of food processing, textiles and clothing, leather processing, footwear, iron and steel and machinery, furniture and wood, electronics assembly, automotive assembly, construction, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas.
In terms of digital innovation, they discussed collaboration in the areas of Big Data strategy, ICT hardware and software development, e-government and service delivery, cybersecurity and communication. information security, capacity building and technology transfer. The two countries then signed a memorandum of understanding on strengthening investment and cooperation in the digital economy.
Regarding green development, they agreed to continue discussions on collaboration on technology transfer in the circular, green and blue economy and the establishment of a center of excellence on low-carbon development and adaptation to climate change.
In the area of capacity building and person-to-person exchanges, they agreed to increase the uptake of capacity building opportunities, welcomed the strong person-to-person exchanges between the two countries and pledged to continue to new areas of cooperation, especially in the film industry.
In the area of peace and security, they agreed to continue discussions on a framework for engagement on peace and security issues and to strengthen our cooperation in the UN Security Council.
HE Wang Yi arrived on Wednesday for a two-day official visit.