China to give 1000 university scholarships to Kenyans


China to give 1000 university scholarships to Kenyans

The government of China has promised to sponsor 1000 Kenyans to study in Chinese universities, State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu has said.

Speaking to journalists on Sunday, Esipisu said that progress was also reported on the China-Kenya joint laboratory for crop molecular biology at Egerton University.

The laboratory is expected to be central to the new agriculture initiatives China and Africa are considering.

In addition to this, the Chinese Government will invest USD1.5 billion in the construction of an industrial park in Naivasha that is expected to use steam power for the manufacture of cheaper commodities.

The project is also expected to create thousands of jobs as some 25,000 Kenyan engineers and workers will be hired on the project; while 15,000 local skilled workers and 400 engineers are being mentored to take part in the endeavor.

Additionally, the government of China has offered Ksh4.5 billion (300 million Renminbi) for a conference facility in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ease the shortage of international-standard conference facilities in the country.

The press briefing comes after President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday morning jetted back into the country after a tour of three countries where he attended and addressed international forums key to the national development agenda.

At the three international forums, issues of terrorism, climate change and development were extensively addressed, with President Kenyatta championing Kenya’s agenda, outlining steps his government has undertaken in tackling current global challenges.

At the FOCAC summit, President Uhuru Kenyatta met Chinese President Xi Jinping and held discussions on improving growing ties between Kenya and China, anchored on equality, mutual trust and benefit and win-win outcomes.

President Xi assured President Kenyatta of China’s commitment to ensuring that its joint development projects with Kenya succeed.

On Saturday, President Kenyatta said that sustained strategic partnership with China will help accelerate Africa’s development and contribute to the cause of safeguarding world peace.

President Kenyatta noted that the mutually beneficial and respectful ties between Africa and China resonated with the 10-point cooperation plan presented by President Xi Jinping at the opening of the summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg on Friday.

Kenyatta noted that President Xi’s proposal to establish partnership with Africa based on mutual trust at the political front and a win-win cooperation at the economic front was a step in the right direction.

“President Xi was not just all talk. He put USD60 billion on the table to back his important statement,” said President Kenyatta.

“China and Africa have the potential to achieve great things together. So let us do them,” he added.

 

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