Chinese Foreign Minister visits Kenya in Africa tour

BY ANTONY KITIMO

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has started his four-day visit to Africa to consolidate trade ties, where he is expected to sign a number of bilateral agreements and memoranda with African countries.

Mr. Wang started his visit to Eritrea and the Comoros on January 4th and is expected to fly to Kenya where he will meet Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Foreign Minister Raychelle Omamo.

The focus of Mr. Wang’s visit is on promoting and implementing the results of the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum for Sino-African Cooperation (FOCAC), which took place in Senegal in November 2021.

His visit to the three African countries is in line with the tradition of the Chinese Foreign Ministers to choose Africa for their first visit abroad for the 32nd year in a row, and shows the great importance that China has to Africa and the development of Sino-African relations attaches.

Mr. Wang has been Foreign Minister since March 2013 and State Councilor since March 2018.

The visit of the Chinese Foreign Minister marks the beginning of the new FOCAC nine-point program of Chinese development cooperation, which is very promising for China-Kenya and the China-Africa society.

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Some of the key areas Mr. Wang expects to see while in Kenya include peace and security, health, climate change and blue and green technology transfer, circular economy and other areas for the transformation of the Kenyan economy and the world economy in general.

“Kenya’s Big Four program, which has left President Uhuru Kenyatta’s most important legacy projects, has received significant backing from China under previous FOCAC Kenya-China cooperation programs and this will be reviewed during bilateral talks and discussions.” with His Excellency the President ”, it says in the message of the Kenyan government.

President Kenyatta, who is also chairman of the United Nations Security Council, will hold talks with the minister in the African Union Peace and Security Council and the United Nations Security Council on relations with China, regional peace and security issues in the Horn of Africa.

Ms. Omamo will meet Mr. Wang for bilateral consultations between the Kenyan and Chinese governments. She is supported by CS colleagues from the National Treasury, Transport and Housing, Health, Commerce, ICT and Agriculture Departments, as well as other government officials.

The delegation will visit Mombasa and undertake an inspection tour of the Kipevu Kenya Oil Terminus (KOT) in the port of Mombasa, a huge legacy project of the Kenyatta administration that has a significant impact on Kenya and the entire region of East and Central Africa.

As part of the project, Kenya intends to double its capacity for the handling of transit oil products to Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi from the current 35,000 tonnes at once from January next year.

The new oil terminal has a capacity of up to four ships compared to the existing one, which can handle one ship at the same time.

The KOT will be on a trial run next month and is expected to cut the cost of petroleum products by lowering the cost of mooring fees, which is a big contributor to the high cost.

The new KOT will be built directly across from the second container terminal in the port of Mombasa and will be able to handle ships with a dead weight tonnage (DWT) of 200,000 and a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) line that the authorities hope will supply gas to the Country.

Several bilateral agreements and letters of intent are signed by key ministries between China and Kenya.

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