The Kenyan government has urged China to help in the construction of dams in regions affected by harsh climatic conditions.
Speaking on Thursday at a meeting to receive the new Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Deng Hongbo, Kenyan Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said dams were a major necessity; noting that the rain-fed agriculture was not reliable in most areas.
“It is through the construction of dams that we can eliminate the problem of hunger besides reducing the poverty levels in this country,” said Musyoka adding that it was only through the development of agriculture that the poverty levels and hunger in the country could be contained.
Musyoka further urged China to assist Kenya in the field of energy generation and infrastructure development. This, he said, will facilitate the overall development of the country.
The Vice President also said he was happy about the existing cordial relations between China and Kenya, and assured that the two countries will continue to cooperate to improve the trading activities between the them.
“I must admit that bilateral relations between Kenya and China are growing strong and I am sure with this kind of gesture our relations will continue to grow stronger in many fields,” said Musyoka.
On his part, Deng hailed the efforts by the Kenyan government to improve the country’s economy with a view to raising the living standards of her people.
“That Kenya is doing through its Vision 2030 demonstrates its seriousness in the fight against poverty and the improvement of the living conditions of her people,” said Deng.
The Chinese envoy further said only through trade links and cultural exchange that citizens from the two countries could exploit their potentials in trade and other development activities.