Raila heads to China for week-long visit

Raila will attend a forum on China-Africa cooperation/XINHUA-File

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 16 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga left the country on Monday evening for a week-long official visit to China.

He will attend the 5th Ministerial Conference of the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation and sign a number of agreements with Chinese leaders.

Odinga is scheduled to hold talks with his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao on Wednesday morning.

Speaking before leaving the country, Odinga said that although his mission is to attract more investments into the country, he would also discuss arrangements that he feels have not worked well for Kenya in the area of trade with China.

“We import a lot of manufactured equipment like tractors, ploughs and harvesters. I feel that we should by now be having a tractor manufacturing plant here in Kenya. There is no reason why we should be importing tractors from China year in year out. These are some of the things we want to engage the Chinese on,” the PM said.

“We should have a fertilizer manufacturing plant here instead of importing the product from China which causes delays and poor harvests,” he added.

Prior to the meeting with premier Wen, Prime Odinga will hold separate meetings with the CEO of Star Times group/Pan-Africa Network group, president of the China Communications Construction Company and the President of Sino Hydro Corporation.

In the afternoon, Odinga will attend the 4th China-Africa Entrepreneurs Conference and later pay a courtesy call on the President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang Nguema before meeting with the vice president of the China Petroleum pipeline Bureau.

On Thursday July 19, the PM will attend the opening ceremony of the 5th Ministerial conference of the forum for China-Africa Co-operation and later meet separately with the Vice President of the Peoples’ Republic of China Xi Jinping and the president of China Academy of Space Technology before attending a banquet hosted for African leaders by President Hu Jintao.

On Friday, Odinga will leave Beijing for Shanghai where he will meet with the municipality’s governor, mayor and party officials.

The premier will thereafter meet with ZPMC Group with other consortium members on the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor Project (LAPSSET).

Later in the evening Odinga will tour Huawei R&D centre and Shanghai Yangshan Port.

On Saturday, he will depart Shanghai for Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, where he will meet the governor and sign a memorandum of understanding between the Government of Kenya and China Jiangxi Corporation for international Economic and Technical Co-operation.

The MoU is for the development of solar/diesel power plant in Kenya and for a concessional loan for the construction of Mbita-Sindo-Magunga-Karungu-Masara road and Sindo-Nyandiwa-Sori road.

Odinga will also sign an another MoU between the Government of Kenya and Zhongmei engineering group for a concessional loan for the construction of Narok-Maasai Mara (C12) to connect with Narok-Mau Narok(C57) road.

He will later meet with the CEO of China Jiangxi Corporation for international Economic and Technical Co-operation and the CEO of Zhongmei engineering Group Ltd.

On Sunday, the premier will depart Shanghai for Guangzhou where he will hold press briefing on Monday, July 23 before departing for Kenya.

The plane carrying the Prime Minister and his entourage is expected at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport on Tuesday July 24 at 7.05pm.

  • ukweliusemwe

    Running away, as usual

  • Njau

    Typical Raila; when it gets too hot to handle he runs away under the disguise of National duty. He is not fit to be a leader anywhere

    • http://twitter.com/_311818735175 peter

      This was a journey planned long time ago. It is not that he is running away. By the way If I was Raila, I will not repond to Miguna Miguna. Its like responding to a bitter wife after divorce, she can even claim that you are not good in bed, how do you defend yourself against such allegations?

      In Kenya we love drama, but maturity does not encourage drama. We need to deal with facts, not suspicions. In any case, the issues raised by Miguna, need to be first investigated independently before telling anyone to step aside.

      • Njau

        It is sad that the only thing you can come up after reading MM accusations
        is comparing the whole episode to a woman unsatisfactory complaining after
        being banged. These are serious issues coming from a confidant and adviser and
        you want to seriously dismiss it. You need to have your head examined or just forfeit
        your vote due to ignorance. I bet you would not trust anybody with such
        character to watch your stall in the market but you are fully confident
        entrusting with the country’s leadership. Something is wrong with that picture

  • omundustrong

    Let him stop these escapist behaviours.

  • Mercy Chepkonga

    Oh, ignorants! Organising a State visit for the Premier is so painstaking, it involves a lot of diplomatic work, wish you knew.
    So it definitely cant begin with Miguna’s book, it was planned a long time ago.
    Where PM will sleep, airline, vehicles, etc, are carefully planned. It’s not you deciding to go and stroll at Gikomba.

    • http://www.facebook.com/arthur.d.omondi Arthur Derrick Omondi

      Mercy tell them

  • Tom Randiki

    Come on guys, give Mr Odinga a break! It may be a surprise to you, but the wheels of development continue to run with or without politics and someone has to do the job. This is what will keep you and me happy irrespective of who wins in April next year.

  • nyakenda

    good for the nation. RAO is hardworking and has promoted bilateral trade and ties for Kenya and the rest of the world. Keep working Right Honorable premier do not be distracted by the rants of a hot head and his paymasters!

  • Sea Witch

    China with it’s enormous appetites will strip a place bare and move on, not that it can keep doing that. Even now it’s incessant demand for shark fin soup is destroying marine environments and Africa’s are especially vulnerable to this pathetic plunder. Here today and gone tomorrow.
    http://www.seawitchartist.com/shark-fin-soup.htm