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Chinese to launch 50MW power plant in Garissa

KENYA-POWER-LINESNAIROBI, Kenya, 13 June – The Chinese Government is going to launch a 50 megawatt solar powered project in Garissa County at an undisclosed amount.

Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa says the project will contribute towards provision of opportunities such as jobs for the youth who are vulnerable to terror extremism in the largely marginalized county.

The project is in spite of the expected decline on the economy of China.

The world’s second biggest economy which grew by 7.4 percent in 2014 is expected to slow down this year to around 7 percent and around 7.2 percent by the end of the year.

“China will however continue to invest in Kenya regardless of the expected slow growth in 2015,” said the Ambassador.

Kenya’s strategic Vision 2030, its regional influence and its strong industrial base are some of the key reasons for China’s decision to continue investing in the country.

Apart from renewable energy, China will also invest in projects in areas that include agriculture, construction, technology and security among others. However, insecurity and poor infrastructure are some of the challenges that China is grappling with in the country.

Speaking from the Chinese Embassy in Nairobi, Liu also stated that the embassy has introduced an online visa appointment system to facilitate efficiency.

“We want to make it easy for Kenyans travelling to China for different purposes such as business. We will therefore introduce special visa services for business people who frequent China,” he added.

The Ambassador explained that the growing relationship between the two countries was a result of the constant bilateral relations between the two governments.

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Already, China is Kenya’s largest financier, the largest construction project contractor and its second largest trading partner having done bilateral trade of over US$5billion in 2014.

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