The Star (Nairobi)
Tuesday, August 20, 2013Kenya signed agreements worth Sh425 billion with China yesterday. President Uhuru Kenyatta was accorded a formal welcome including a 21-gun salute at the Great Hall of the People, the most iconic building in China. About Sh45,977,011 billion will cater for economic partner- ships, wildlife protection, and the standard gauge railway linking the port of Mombasa and the border town of Malaba. Uhuru said the railway will provide transportation of goods from Kenya as well as Uganda Rwanda, Burundi and Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Another Sh11, 942,252 will finance energy-related projects. The agreements are a boost to the Jubilee government, which has pledged to improve the lives of ordinary Kenyans through better service delivery. “These agreements deepen our practical cooperation. China sup- ports Kenya’s quest for industrialisation,” President Xi Jinping told Uhuru shortly before the agreements were signed. Jinping said China is also exploring investments in agribusiness, irrigation and fertiliser production. – See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-132754/china-kenya-sign-sh425bn-deals#sthash.zTKE6sRj.dpuf
Kenya’s Kenyatta and and China’s Xi sign $5bn deals
Kenya has signed deals worth $5bn (£3bn) with China to build a railway line, an energy project and to improve wildlife protection, officials says.
They were signed during Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta’s first visit to China since his election in March.
Mr Kenyatta’s “vigour” would lead Kenya to “greater accomplishments”, China’s President Xi Jinping said.
Mr Kenyatta has a strained relationship with the West as he is facing violence-related charges at The Hague.
He is due to go on trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) later this year for allegedly fuelling violence after disputed elections in 2007, charges he denies.
During Kenya’s election campaign, the European Union said it would have limited contact with him if he was elected president.
The US warned Kenyans of “consequences” if he was voted into office.
Mr Kenyatta accused them of meddling in Kenya’s internal affairs, and pledged to strengthen ties with the East.
Key rail link
China supports Kenya’s quest for industrialisation” Xi Jinping China’s president
In a statement, his office said the deals with China were a “massive boost” to his government.
“The rail link, particularly, is important in the context of East Africa’s shared goal of ensuring quicker movement of peoples, goods and services,” it quoted Mr Kenyatta as saying.
It will link the Kenyan border town of Malaba with the port of Mombasa, one of the busiest in Africa.
Mr Xi said China was also exploring other areas of investment, including in agribusiness, irrigation, fertiliser production and purchases, and technology.
“These agreements deepen our practical co-operation. China supports Kenya’s quest for industrialisation,” he said.
The two presidents also pledged to increase contact between China’s ruling party and Kenya’s ruling Jubilee coalition.
“They agreed that party-to-party contact was essential to bolster political and economic partnerships,” Mr Kenyatta’s office said.
The statement did not give details about the energy-related projects that China would spearhead or how it would help improve wildlife protection in Kenya, where criminal gangs often ship elephant tusks and rhino horns to east Asia for use in ornaments and medicines. bbc