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China instrumental to growth of Kenyan economy

30 September 2014, 09:29

Nairobi - China has played an instrumental role in Kenya's socio-economic transformation in the last decade, Kenyan officials said on Monday during the celebrations to mark China's national day in Nairobi.

The Cabinet Secretary for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Fred Matiang'i said Kenya has applied lessons from China to propel economic growth and social renewal.

"Dynamism learnt from China has been replicated here to accelerate economic growth that is not only sustainable but humane. Kenya has benefitted immensely from long-standing friendship with China," Matiang'i told Xinhua on the sidelines of the celebrations.

The cabinet secretary was among the senior ranking government officials who attended the 65th anniversary of the birth of the People's Republic of China.

China established diplomatic ties with Kenya shortly after the east African nation gained independence from British colonial masters in 1963.

Government officials noted that China has been played a significant role in Kenya's transformation.

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"We are working with Chinese firms to accelerate the transition to a knowledge-driven economy. China is a classic example of effective deployment of ICT to modernize the economy," Matiang'i said.

He noted that the entry of Chinese firms across different sectors of the economy has unleashed prosperity in Kenya.

"We thank the government of China for supporting infrastructure development in the country. Currently, we have partnered with Chinese companies to expand broadband in the counties," Matiang'i said, also hailing the role of Chinese media outlets in changing the African narrative.

Kenya considers China a strategic partner as the east African nation focus on the east to explore new markets and lure investors.

The speaker of Kenyan National Assembly Justin Muturi noted that bilateral ties with China had multiplier effects on the social and economic spheres.

"Kenya will maintain solid partnership with China to achieve our long-term aspirations enshrined in the vision 2030," Muturi said.

- Xinhua

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