, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 9 – Kenya and China on Thursday held an inaugural Bilateral Steering Committee (BSC) meeting in Beijing, China.
The committee established last year is meant to promote exchanges and cooperation in political, economic, cultural fields among others.
“This BSC is being held on the instruction of our presidents and on the basis of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between our two countries in January 2015 establishing the BSC,” said Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed.
China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that they are keen to help Kenya fast-track its development agenda in a comprehensive manner and are therefore targeting among others port development and management, transport infrastructure and special economic zones (SEZ).
“We look forward to signing an investment treaty and avoidance of double taxation agreement soon as we heighten our operations in Kenya,” said Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
The Beijing talks were anchored also on the ten major plans to boost cooperation with Africa in the next three years as announced by China President Xi Jinping during the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa in December last year.
The plans are a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership in areas of industrialisation, agriculture, infrastructure, financial services, green development, trade and investment, poverty reduction, capacity building, and public welfare, public health, people-to-people exchanges, peace and security.
CS Mohammed stated that Kenya was gearing itself to tap into the pledges made under FOCAC framework. Under Vision 2030 development blue print, various numerous projects have been identified to fall under this framework.
“Our engagements in the areas of commerce, transport and communication, human resource development, science and technology and energy have been transformational, said CS Mohammed, “We are committed to further consolidate our collaboration in all areas of interest for the mutual benefit of our two peoples.”
The two countries agreed to meet early next year in Nairobi to review progress and further move forward the development cooperation between the two countries.
The Kenyan delegation was led by Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohamed comprising of three Cabinet Secretaries, two Principal Secretaries and technical officials.