NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 9 – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will make his first 2015 foreign trip to Kenya from January 10 to 11. He will also tour other African countries during the trip.
It has become a tradition for Chinese Foreign Ministers to visit African countries on their first trip abroad every year. This is a tradition that has been maintained for the last 25 years.
Wang’s trip is considered important as it is meant to follow up on proposals and cooperation agreements signed between China and Kenya recently.
President Uhuru Kenyatta made a visit to China in August 2013 and held discussions with President Xi Jinping. China promised to help the Kenyan government implement its development agenda and improve the economy and social development.
Last year, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also made a visit to Kenya where 17 cooperation agreements were signed between China and Kenya.
Foreign Minister Wang is expected to check the implementation and progress of the agreements and development projects signed last year as well as improve China-Kenya relations.
Some of the projects include the Standard Gauge Railway, the Olkaria power generation project and support for social grassroots projects.
He is due to meet President Kenyatta at State House on Saturday afternoon and Cabinet Secretaries involved in the implementation of projects and agreements signed, to assess the progress and implementation.
He will also meet the Cabinet Secretary of Foreign Affairs Amina Mohamed during which additional cooperation agreements will be signed.