Kenya hails China's contribution in unemployment allevation
10 November 2015, 21:19
Nairobi - China is contributing immensely
in the alleviation of employment in Kenya, a senior Kenyan government official
The Deputy Director in the Ministry of Education Science and
Technology Meshck Opwora said China's commitment to Kenya through its
enterprises is vastly contributing to employment creation and unemployment
"China is helping in addressing one of Kenya's most
pressing issues, that of unemployment by offering important solution through
its ventures which are providing employment to the youth," Owora said on
Saturday during the launch of a new venture between AVIC International Beijing
The Avic-Shacman venture will pave the way towards Kenya's
industrialization, by improving the national pool of skills through partnering
with Kenyan technical institutions and recruiting top talent from the country's
universities in the company's long term strategy to expanding local
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The venture brings together Avic's vast local customer base
and Shacman, which entered the Kenyan market in 2006 and is the only producer
of commercial new energy vehicles, to create a potent joint venture in Kenya.
The Deputy Director, whose ministry is a beneficiary of
China's youth empowerment project through Avic's Africa Tech Challenge (ATC),
said the project has enabled many Kenyan youth to acquire high professional
skills that have enabled them to get internship and jobs in addition to
decreasing the huge unemployment rate facing Kenyans.
"Skilled workforce is an important ingredient for
social development, and the advent of Chinese companies to Kenya has seen many
Kenyans acquire expertise, which is a prerequisite to success," he said.
The new joint venture brings AVIC International Beijing
one-step closer towards its aim of constructing the foundation for Kenya's
industrialization through the expansion of local technical capacity by way of
moving forward plans to establish a major truck servicing and maintenance
center, while expanding skills transfer efforts.