, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26 – The active participation of Chinese companies in the development of infrastructure in Kenya will help transform the country into a robust economy in the region, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said on Friday.
Mr Musyoka made this observation when he held discussions with a Chinese delegation led by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Secretary General Gao Shiqi at his Jogoo House office.
During the talks which were also attended by several national officials of ODM-Kenya, the CCP pledged to help the Kenyan party develop capacity to organise and mobilise itself into a vibrant mass movement.
Mr Musyoka said the desire of the government was to transform Kenya into a middle-level economy adding that it was looking upon friendly countries to help it achieve the dream.
Noting that there were several Chinese companies successfully undertaking projects in Kenya, Mr Musyoka invited more Chinese firms particularly in the energy sector to come and help the country exploit the great potential it has.
“We are committed to transforming Kenya into a green economy, and would like to invite China to help us with its technological know-how to explore the enormous potential we have in various sources of energy generation” he added.
The VP praised the inter-party cooperation saying it provided them with an opportunity to share experiences and ideals.
Mr Shiqi lauded the cordial relations existing between Kenya and China and assured that his country would continue to support Kenya attain her socio-economic and political aspirations.
Among those who attended the talks included the Chinese ambassador to Kenya Deng Hongbo, MPs Prof Philip Kaloki, Dr Ali Noor, Mohammed Affey, and Home affairs Permanent Secretary Dr Ludeki Chweya among others.
Meanwhile, Kenya and Cyprus have expressed the need to start joint inter-country flights in a bid to strengthen their bilateral ties and promote trade.
Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and the Cyprus High Commissioner Agis Loizou disclosed this when they held talks at the Vice President’s Jogoo House office also on Friday.
They noted that there was need to initiate a partnership between Kenya Airways and the Cyprus Airways as one way of realising the goal.
Mr Musyoka lauded the cordial relations existing between the two countries, which he noted went back to the days of Kenya’s founder president the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Cyprus former president the late Archbishop Makarios.
“ Our two countries enjoy excellent relations which date back many decades, but I still think there is a lot more we can do together towards strengthening them even further” Mr Musyoka said.
The VP expressed hope that the European Union-initiated talks on the re-unification of Cyprus would bear positive fruits.
Mr Loizou said Cyprus would continue supporting Kenya with Humanitarian assistance.
“I wish to point out that Kenya is one the biggest recipients of humanitarian assistance from Cyprus and we promise to continue doing this," Mr Loizou said.
He added that as a friendly member of the European Union, Cyprus will continue to champion Kenyan interests at the union.