Chinese companies in Kenya commit to more economic and social development programs

The Kenya China Economic and Trade Association (KCETA) released its third corporate social responsibility report on Wednesday, promising more accountability to its 107 member companies to boost Kenya’s economic and social development.

Chinese companies have affirmed their commitment to help Kenya achieve the Big Four agenda and ultimately help the country achieve its Vision 2030.

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

In the face of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the consortium says its members have mobilized resources and deployed donations of response supplies to all segments of Kenyan society, providing much-needed support.

“As of September 2021, Chinese companies in Kenya had donated to Kenya more than KES 64.68 million of medical and protective equipment, including 795 liters of medical alcohol, 24,085 pairs of medical gloves, 483,850 masks and 3,660 protective suits. Lobby chairman Li Chang Gui said at a ceremony held at a hotel in Nairobi.

Regarding infrastructure and smart devices, Li noted that a company such as Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies has helped 2,000 students from more than 20 universities in Kenya continue to learn during school closures in Kenya. due to COVID-19 using the Talent online platform, the WeLink. Online conferencing app and the iLearning online review platform.

“Its Dataless ICT Academy offers Kenyan students a new approach to hands-on learning. ” He said

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

In Li’s words, KCETA members have, in recent years, taken advantage of their main industry-specific advantages and have continuously explored their potential when building roads, water, housing and more. infrastructure projects.

“Since opening in 2017, the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway has carried 6.58 million passengers and nearly 1.53 million TEUs of freight. He said

KCETA President Mr. Li Chan Gui delivering his speech at the launch of the 2020-2021 CSR Report of Chinese Companies.

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 is linked to the SGR Mombasa-Nairobi and plays an important role in promoting the economic and social development of Kenya, accelerating industrialization and enabling more connections and communications in East Africa. KCETA noted while highlighting the impact of projects funded and built by China on the economy of the East African country.

As a pillar of the Big Four program, affordable housing has been listed as a priority of the government’s work. For example, the Park Road affordable housing project undertaken by China State Construction Engineering Corp. (Kenya) Limited, a member of KCETA, covers an area of ​​32,000 square meters, comprising 1,370 affordable houses and supporting infrastructure and facilities.

“This project became the first affordable housing project completed in October 2020, which is a good start for the construction of the affordable housing system in Kenya. It is also a solid step towards realizing people’s dreams of being happy to be settled, ”said Mr. Li, also general manager of China Road and Bridge Construction (CRBC).

“In addition to creating employment opportunities for the local population, Chinese companies in Kenya are also striving to boost the vitality of the local human capital market by innovating the model of human capital empowerment and sharing of human capital resources. high quality vocational training. ” He added

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

The senior Chinese diplomat in Nairobi noted that the Chinese business community is making a great contribution to promoting the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) while helping to build a China-Africa community of destiny.

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

Meanwhile, several parts of Kenya have experienced natural disasters such as heavy rains, floods and mudslides. And in this regard, Chinese companies in Kenya have donated money and materials, reinforced embankments and unblocked roads to protect the safety and property of residents.

“Power Construction Corporation of China, Ltd. (Kenya Office) renovated, strengthened and improved the dikes on the two downstream banks of the Nzoia River at the request of the Busia County government. The efforts directly saved 20,000 acres (about 8,000 hectares) of farmland and 70,000 people in the county from flooding, ”said the chairman of KCETA.

On the theme “New start, new chapter”, the launching ceremony of the report was attended by the Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Zhou Pingjian, Mr. Zhang Yijun, Minister Counselor of the Chinese Embassy, ​​Professor Arch. Paul M. Maringa, Principal Secretary of the Department of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works, Mr. Paul Ndung’u Kamweru, Director of the Asia and Australia Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ms. Olivia Rachier, the Ag. Managing Director of the Kenya Investment Authority.

Joel C. Hicks