, At the forum, the President disclosed his vision of promoting Kenya’s tourism by attracting at least 0.1 of the Chinese population of 1.3 billion to visit Kenya. He said his interviews with Chinese media during the migration of the wildebeest in the fabled Maasai Mara National Park was part of that campaign.
Noting that China and Kenya straddled a geography that abounds with opportunity, the President said government had embraced Vision 2030, a strategy that combines bold vision, focus, integrity and dedication, to exploit that opportunity.
“Every national administration is a trustee of this Vision, solemnly bound to fully execute it in order to enhance the prosperity and happiness of its sovereign beneficiaries: the people of Kenya,” President Kenyatta said.
He emphasized that government has laid sound plans to guarantee the success of Kenya’s march to prosperity and international competitiveness.
“Because no resource is infinite nor opportunity eternal, it is our manifest intention to be bold, urgent and relentless in the quest for development and economic success,” the President said.
Speaking at the forum, China Development Bank (CDB) President Zheng Zhijie pledged his Bank’s continued facilitation Kenya’s economic and social development by offering comprehensive financial services.
Zheng said his bank would always work towards sustaining a win-win relationship with Kenya. CDB has loaned over $20 billion to Africa. It has also leveraged more than $10 billion investment covering 42 countries, signifying its strong support to China-Africa economic cooperation.
During the occasion, the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and its Chinese equivalent signed an MOU, providing for closer cooperation among its members.