The Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Chairman Wang Yang has concluded a week-long tour of Kenya and Uganda where he explored both trade and political cooperation.
Wang, who is also a Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee a top political office in China has met Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni and also while in Kenya he met Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“We believe this important visit will give a vigorous boost to China-Kenya relations. We are working closely with Kenyan friends to ensure fruitful deliverables and a big success of this high-level visit,” said the Peoples Republic of China ambassador to Kenya Ms. Sun Baohong.
Apart from meeting political leaders, Wang also visited the Africa China Joint Innovation Center at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, the Standard Gauge Railway Nairobi station and the National Museum of Kenya.
During a visit to Kenya’s State House, President Uhuru Kenyatta acknowledged the great role that China was playing for trade and development of Africa even as he announced that Kenya will open consulates in Shanghai and Guangzhou.
President Kenyatta said Kenya is satisfied with the tremendous progress achieved in the bilateral cooperation between the two countries over the past decade through continued partnership.
He said the partnership has had positive impact in the social and economic spheres.
President Kenyatta pointed out that since December 2015, Kenya has received 13 grant projects worth USD 102 million, four preferential loans projects worth USD 292 million, 14 commercial projects worth USD 8.545 billion and a cumulative investment projects amounting USD 564 million.
“During the same period, over 2000 Kenyans benefited from academic scholarships and professional courses ranging from short to long- term sponsored by the Government of the People’s Republic of China,” said President Kenyatta.
Chairman Wang also took a short ride on Kenya’s SGR from Nairobi to Athi River.
When meeting Museveni, Wang said Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Museveni have met several times and charted course for the future development of bilateral ties. Wang welcomed Museveni to attend the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) to be held this September.
“As the chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, I paid my first visit to Uganda to implement the important consensus reached by both presidents and promote the development of bilateral ties,” Wang said.
After the meeting, Wang and Museveni jointly cut the ribbon at a commissioning ceremony of the Kampala-Entebee expressway. Built by a Chinese company, it is Uganda’s first-ever national expressway.
During his four-day stay in Uganda, Wang also visited the Chinese-invested Liaoshen Industrial Park, a Chinese medical team in Kampala and the network operation center of the Uganda National Backbone Infrastructure built by a Chinese telecommunications company.