, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 10 – President Mwai Kibaki on Tuesday met and held discussions with a Chinese delegation led by a member of the political bureau of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party Wang Zhaoguo who paid him a courtesy call, at Harambee House Offices.
The National People’s Congress is the main policy making body of the People’s Republic of China while the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress is the highest decision making organ of the congress.
The discussions centred on strengthening relations between the two countries which have continued to flourish in agriculture, health, education, trade and tourism sectors.
President Kibaki thanked the People’s Republic of China for the continued and substantial bilateral assistance extended to Kenya channeled to key sectors of the economy.
The President singled out infrastructure development that has been identified as a catalyst in the attainment of the country’s development blueprint Vision 2030.
The President noted that Kenya and other African Countries have a lot to learn from the industrialisation and tremendous economic development of the Peoples’ Republic of China.
President Kibaki said China was a genuine development partner of Africa.
The Head of State expressed delight with the increased commercial exchanges through the joint Trade and Economic commission.
The President said the Commission should seek ways of bridging the trade imbalance that is currently in favour of China.
Mr Wang who is also the Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) was accompanied by among others the Deputy Secretary General of the Standing Committee of NPC Mr Wang Wanbin and the Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Mr Deng Hongbo.
The talks were attended by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Uhuru Kenyatta, Head of Public Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Amb Francis Muthaura and senior Kenya and Chinese government officials.