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Chinese companies in Kenya pledge more economic, social development programs

The Kenya China Economic and Trade Association (KCETA) released its third Corporate Social Responsibility Report on Wednesday, pledging more responsibility by its 107 member companies to boost Kenya’s economic and social development.

The Chinese enterprises affirmed their commitment to help Kenya’s realization of the Big Four Agenda and eventually assist the country’s achievement of its Vision 2030.

“With diligence, dedication, and responsibility, they (Chinese companies) are deeply engaged in various fields between the two countries and playing an integral role in promoting the bilateral relations,” KCETA said in a statement.

Faced with the surging COVID-19 pandemic, the consortium says its members mobilized resources and rolled out donations of response supplies to all segments of the Kenya society, providing much-needed support.

“By September 2021, Chinese companies in Kenya had donated more than KES 64.68 million’s worth of medical and protective materials to Kenya, including 795 liters of medical alcohol, 24.085 pairs of medical gloves, 483.850 masks, and 3,660 protective suits.” said the Chairman of the lobby Li Chang Gui at a ceremony held at a Nairobi Hotel.

On infrastructure and smart devices, Mr. Li noted that a company such as Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies has supported 2,000 students from over 20 universities in Kenya to continue learning during school closures due to COVID-19 by using the Talent online platform, the WeLink online conference application, and the iLearning online examination platform.

“Its data-free ICT Academy provides Kenyan students with a convenient and new learning approach.” He said

“Huawei’s such a typical performance of its corporate social responsibilities is held in high regard by the teachers and students in Kenya and has also won reorganization from the UNESCO.” added Mr. Li

In the words of Li, members of the KCETA have in recent years leveraged their key industry-specific advantages and continuously explored their potential during the construction of roads, water, housing, and other infrastructure projects.

“Since its opening in 2017, the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway has transported 6.58 million passengers and nearly 1.53million TEU of cargo.” He said.

On October 16, 2019, the first phase (120 km) of the Nairobi-Naivasha Standard Gauge Railway, built by China Communications and Construction Company, was officially opened to traffic. It links with the Mombasa-Nairobi SGR and plays an important role in promoting Kenya’s economic and social development, speeding up industrialization, and enabling more connections and communication in East Africa.” noted the KCETA noted while highlighting the impact of Chinese-financed and constructed projects on the East Africa Country’s economy.

As one pillar of the Big Four Agenda, affordable housing has been listed as a priority of government work. Case in point, the Park Road Affordable Housing Project undertaken by the KCETA member China State Construction Engineering Corp. (Kenya) Limited covers an area of 32,000 square meters, including 1,370 affordable houses and supporting infrastructure and facilities.

“This project became the first completed affordable housing project on October 2020, making for a good start for building the affordable housings system in Kenya. It also represents a solid step towards realizing the people’s dreams to be happily settled,” Mr. Li who is also the General Manager of China Road and Bridge Construction (CRBC) company said

“Besides creating job opportunities for local people, Chinese enterprises in Kenya also work to stimulate the vitality of the local human capital market by innovating the human capital empowerment model and sharing high-quality vocational education resources.” He added

According to the Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Zhou Pingjian, KCETA plays a more glorious role in Kenya and promises to improve cooperation between Kenya and China.

The Chinese top diplomat in Nairobi noted that the Chinese business community is making a great contribution to the promotion of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) while helping build a China-Africa community with a shared future.

According to preliminary statistics issued by the association, from 2020 to 2021, Chinese enterprises employed more than 60,000 Kenyan employees, and the localization rate exceeds 90 percent.

During this time, several regions of Kenya have experienced natural disasters such as heavy rains, floods, and mudslides. And in this regard, Chinese enterprises in Kenya have been making donations of money and materials, reinforced embankments, and unclogged roads to protect the safety and property of the residents.

“Power Construction Corporation of China, Ltd. (Kenya Office) renovated, reinforced, and upgraded the levees on both downstream riversides of the Nzoia River at the request of the Busia County government. The efforts directly saved 20,000 acres (roughly 8,000 hectares) of agricultural land and 70,000 people in the county from the flooding,” the KCETA chair stated

Themed “New Start, New Chapter”, the report launch ceremony was attended by Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Zhou Pingjian, Mr. Zhang Yijun, Minister Counselor of Chinese Embassy, Prof. Arch. Paul M. Maringa, Principal Secretary of Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development, and Public Works, Mr. Paul Ndung’u Kamweru, Director for Asia and Australia Directorate of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ms. Olivia Rachier, the Ag. Managing Director of Kenya Investment Authority.


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