Uhuru goes east to Russia and China

August 14, 2013 2:59 pm
President Kenyatta with Chinese Ambassador to Kenya  Liu Guangyuan at State House Nairobi last month. Photo/ FILE
President Kenyatta with Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Guangyuan at State House Nairobi last month. Photo/ FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 14 – President Uhuru Kenyatta is on Thursday scheduled to kick off a visit to Russia and China, as the Jubilee government goes East to nurture new trade relations.

Kenyatta’s discussions with the Russian government will focus on Kenya’s emerging role as a new frontier for oil, gas and other mineral resources in addition to opening up new markets for the export of coffee, tea, and fresh produce.

A statement sent to newsrooms on Wednesday said that the president and First Lady Margaret would also call on the country’s athletes who are currently in Moscow participating at the World Championships.

“The President and First Lady have been very impressed by the performance of our men and women so far and will be on hand to personally wish them more gold. He hopes to see Kenya add to its gold tally,” read the statement.

The State House statement also revealed that the Head of State would make his way to China after the Russia visit, where he will sign framework agreements with the Asian country on a power transmission project for Nairobi County.

The multi billion construction of the standard gauge railway line from Mombasa to Malaba would also be reviewed alongside a project for the construction of a multi billion high multi purpose dam.

Kenya and China will also sign a memorandum of understanding for the protection of the environment.

“China is an important trading partner and has massive investments in our country, especially in infrastructure, telephony and technology,” added the statement.

About five governors and 60 business persons will accompany the Head of State in the tour which is scheduled to close on August 23.

State House was however quick to point out that the large delegation would be footing its own bills.

“A business delegation of more than 60 people – who are paying their own bills in full – will be at hand to join the President on this leg of his tour. It includes some of the most prominent personalities in industry,” explained the statement.

The Jubilee government has been pushing for trade partnerships with the East and also fellow African countries; a drive which is reportedly not being taken very well with the West.

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