Kenya is wooing China for assistance to accelerate its infrastructure development, especially in the area of road construction.
President Mwai Kibaki has formally requested the Chinese Government to partner with Kenya on key development projects.
President Kibaki, who is leading a government delegation to China, described the projects as instrumental to achieving Vision 2030 – Kenya’s development blueprint aimed to transform the country into a newly industrialized country.
The projects include the development of the railway network linking Lamu to Southern Sudan and Ethiopia, and the the development of three berths at the proposed Lamu port.
Others are the construction of Standard Gauge Railway from Mombasa to Malaba and a mass transit light rail system for the Nairobi Metropolitan.
While visiting China in 2005, President Kibaki requested the Chinese government to partner in the construction of by-passes in Nairobi, the expansion of the road from the JKIA to Gigiri, the construction of a major hospital in Nairobi’s Eastlands area and the modernization of the NYS.
All these projects are well underway with the JKIA to Gigiri road nearing completion.
During his trip, Kibaki will open the Kenya Stand at the African Pavilion at the World Expo-2010, besides holding bilateral talks with his host, President Hu Jintao. The expo which runs from May 1st to October 31st is expected to attract 70 million visitors, including an estimated five million foreign tourists.