Chinese Foreign Minister to sign more deals during Kenya visit

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By AGGREY MUTAMBO

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in the country on Wednesday evening ahead of crucial talks on Thursday that are expected to end with several bilateral deals.

Mr. Wang, who is visiting for the fourth time, landed in Mombasa shortly after 5 p.m., from Eritrea where he had started his trip to Africa, and was received by his counterpart, the Secretary of the Foreign Cabinet. from Kenya, Raychelle Omamo.

He is expected to participate in a range of activities, including a visit to the Kipevu Oil Terminus, a Ksh 40 billion ($ 353 million) facility that was recently erected by the Chinese to facilitate the admission of larger oil tankers into the port of Mombasa. He is also expected to meet President Uhuru Kenyatta and hold talks with Kenyan ministers.

A statement from the Foreign Ministry in Nairobi said it was visiting to follow up on the nine-point statement by African and Chinese foreign ministers at the meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Senegal last November.

These items included the provision of Chinese vaccines to fight Covid-19, cooperation on the blue economy and climate change, cooperation on green investments, as well as support for infrastructure, skills training and sharing of technologies.

The ministry said it had just “articulated new practical cooperation measures” which will include support for local measures to tackle Covid-19 as well as the recovery of the economy.

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At FOCAC, Chinese President Xi Jinping had promised one billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines to be delivered to African countries in 2022. He also pledged additional funding of $ 40 billion for investments in Africa.

It was unclear what agreements Mr. Wang would sign in Mombasa, but a diplomatic source said East Africa that the agreements will cover health, the blue economy and the exploitation of deep seabed resources as well as an agreement on added value for agricultural products.

The agreements will follow a “round table” with Ms. Omamo and other cabinet secretaries, including Mutahi Kagwe (Health), Joe Mucheru (TIC), James Macharia (Transport) and Peter Munya (Agriculture).

“The visit gives the two countries the opportunity to strengthen bilateral relations by signing agreements and further consolidate the comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation between Kenya and China,” said a statement from the Foreign Ministry in Nairobi.


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