China-Kenya trade ties strengthened

By Mercy Imali

Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Ambassador Wu Peng has reiterated his country’s commitment in supporting Kenya achieve more development.

He spoke during his welcome reception at the embassy on Saturday evening. Wu Peng pledged to join hands with the Kenyan people to enhance “win-win cooperation and safeguard multilateralism.”

“We reaffirm that China will fully support Kenya’s development, and actively participate in our growing cooperation, over the decades, our cooperation has been built on the basis of mutual respect, equality and mutual benefits,” he said.

Wu arrived in the country in March as the 16th Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and UN-Habitat.

On the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), Wu said it is a profitable venture, citing the 630,000 passengers ferried since January this year.

“Therefore, it is convincing that Kenya is able to generate profits through the SGR. The SGR Phase 2A will be open to traffic soon, and I’m sure the joint effect of them will generate more profits for Kenya and bring more substantial benefits to Kenyan people. This is what we should focus on. With this accelerating momentum, the revenue of SGR is expected to reach 12 billion Kenya Shillings by the year-end,” he finished.