Kenyan president to attend Shanghai World Expo in China

18:46, April 27, 2010      

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Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki will travel to China on Wednesday for a state visit during which he will also attend the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, where the East African nation is showcasing itself as the central entry point for investors in the East and Central Africa region.

A statement from the presidency said on Tuesday that Kibaki is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with his Chinese host Hu Jintao during the visit. "During his visit this week President Kibaki will follow-up on new development projects that the government has formally requested the Chinese government to partner with Kenya," the statement said.

China is currently one of Kenya's leading development partners especially in the area of infrastructure development.

President Kibaki has given priority to infrastructure development which has triggered economic growth and massive job creation across the country.

During his last state visit to China in 2005, President Kibaki requested the Chinese government to partner in the construction of by-passes in the city of Nairobi, the rehabilitation and expansion of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to Gigiri road, construction of a major hospital in Eastlands area and the modernization of the National Youth Service. "All these projects have already been launched," the statement said. "The Eastern and Northern by-passes are under construction, the JKIA to Gigiri road is nearing completion, a 300 bed hospital is under construction in the Eastlands while equipment and machinery worth 4.3 billion shillings has already been delivered for the NYS modernization program," it said.

The statement said flagship projects -- development of a Railway Network from Lamu through the Northern parts of Kenya to southern Sudan and Ethiopia and development of the first three Berths and associated infrastructure of the second port of Lamu -- are instrumental to the attainment of Vision 2030.

Other projects which the statement said are crucial to the realization of Vision 2030 which will transform Kenya into middle- income economy are construction of Standard Gauge Railway from Mombasa to Malaba and mass transit light rail system for the Nairobi Metropolitan.

While in Shanghai, President Kibaki will also open the Kenya Stand at the African Pavilion at the World Expo-2010. The theme of the world expo is "Better City -- Better Life". Shanghai Expo runs from May 1 to Oct. 31.

Kenya whose participation theme is "Cities of Discoveries and Harmony" is among more than 192 countries participating in the Shanghai Expo 2010.

The country intends to utilize the window of opportunity provided by the exposition to showcase and market the country as a preferred destination for trade, investment and tourism. "Besides focusing on the importance of sustainability and development of varied cultures, geographical diversity, planning and development of future cities, Kenya will showcase the priority accorded to eco-tourism as part of the country's strategy for developing tourism," the statement said.

Kenya's participation in the expo also aims at increasing exports of tea, coffee, cut flowers and pyrethrum as well as to promote joint ventures between Kenyan and Chinese companies to enhance the country's brand and positive image.

World expositions are galleries of human inspirations and thoughts which have attained increasing prominence as grand events for economic, scientific, technological and cultural exchanges.

They also serve as platforms for displaying historical experiences and exchanging innovative ideas for sustainable development.

President Kibaki is among four African heads of state invited for the official opening ceremony. The other three African leaders are the presidents of Malawi, the Republic of Congo and Mali.

The expositions provide a forum for developing common perspectives on prevailing and future challenges and threats to the survival of humankind such as, environmental degradation, food security, sustainable development, HIV/AIDS, unemployment and poverty.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

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