In Summary
  • The President aid the Silk Road initiative by China fits well into the African Union agenda to create more infrastructure links within the continent.
  • The President said China has been a true friend of Kenya and has supported the efforts to transform the country.
  • President Kenyatta said joining the Belt and Road initiative will open up trade and investment opportunities while also reigniting Africa own plan for regional and continental integration.
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta says Africa must move from being a consumer of imports to become an exporter.

BEIJING

China’s vision of an interconnected world with enhanced trade supports the African desire for shared prosperity, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

The President, who spoke during a roundtable summit of Heads of State and Government held at the Yanqi Lake Conference Centre, said Africa stands a chance to regain some of the missed opportunities of globalisation, by playing an active role in the Chinese plan for an interconnected world.

The President, who has been in Beijing for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, said the Silk Road initiative by China fits well into the African Union agenda to create more infrastructure links within the continent.

PARADIGM SHIFT

“The Belt and Road initiative gives our continent the opportunity to make a paradigm shift. Post-colonial Africa has been stuck in a rut,” said the President.

He said the continent must move from being a mere consumer of imports of finished goods to become an exporter itself.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta (second left) and his wife Margaret Kenyatta (left) pose with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan during a welcome ceremony for leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum, in Beijing's Great Hall of the People on May 14, 2017.  PHOTO | WANG ZHAO | AFP

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta (second left) and his wife Margaret Kenyatta (left) pose with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan during a welcome ceremony for leaders attending the Belt and Road Forum, in Beijing's Great Hall of the People on May 14, 2017. PHOTO | WANG ZHAO | AFP

“Being part of One Belt allows the continent to move to a new platform, through which global collaboration will allow for value-addition, innovation, and increased prosperity,” said President Kenyatta.

The President said China has been a true friend of Kenya and has supported the efforts to transform the country.

STRATEGIC COOPERATION

He said the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway shows the tremendous potential for mutually beneficial strategic cooperation between Kenya and China.

The President said joining the Belt and Road initiative will open up trade and investment opportunities while also reigniting Africa own plan for regional and continental integration.

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