Is Kenya Embracing the East?

Kenya's President Kibaki - Relationship with the East

Kenya President Mwai Kibaki will join other world leaders in China for the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, where Kenya is showcasing itself as the central entry point for investors in the East and Central Africa region. While in Shanghai, President Kibaki will also open the Kenya Stand at the African Pavilion at the World Expo-2010 which runs from May 1st to October 31st.

The Expo will give most Africa countries a chance to show case products they produce and try to decoy buyers in Countries from Far East Asian. Kenya has cast its eyes to the Far East again for assistance to boost its infrastructure development and if the last Visit by President Kibaki to China in 2005 is anything to go by then the net is cast wide.

During the last visit the president requested the Chinese Government to partner with Kenyan Government in the construction of roads,  a 300 bed hospital in Nairobi’s Eastlands area and the modernization of the National Youth Service which the Chinese government approved.

These  projects were  geared towards achieving Vision 2030 which the government is working determinedly  working to see to achieving after failing on previous targets to supply water to all by the year 2000,and eradicating poverty by 2002.

China is currently one of Kenya’s leading development partners especially in the area of infrastructure development and the government has given priority to infrastructure development, which has triggered economic growth and massive job creation across the country among the youths.

Most countries form the continent have been embracing China who have been giving grants and investing heavily in infrastructures in most African countries ,unlike the west which give conditions for their grants and loans mostly on good leadership and human rights issues China doesn`t.

While in China President Kibaki is expected to hold Bilateral talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao and if the past talks is anything to go by then Kenyans will be treated to more goodies from the East.

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