Kenyan President thanks Chinese government for support

President Mwai Kibaki has thanked the Chinese Government for being at the forefront in supporting Kenya's development projects.

Speaking during a meeting with visiting Chinese Vice Premier Zeng Peiyan at State House Nairobi today, President Kibaki singled out construction of the country's major roads as some of the projects that have benefited from Chinese financial support.

In this regard, the President urged the Chinese Government to extend its financial support and increase the technical cooperation between the two countries in other key sectors of the economy.

"Kenya is trying to achieve rapid growth and continues to closely study Development models that Asian Countries like China used to achieve high economic growth rates within a short period of time . We hope as our development partner, you will help us achieve this goal," President Kibaki said.

Noting that tourism is one of Kenya's major foreign exchange earners, President Kibaki called on the Chinese Government to encourage more Chinese tourists to visit Kenya as a way of enhancing the existing bilateral relations.

He thanked China for granting to Kenya the approved tourist destination status.

He said China should also share with Kenya her experience in the implementation of the e-government programme aimed at improving transparency, efficiency and practical procedures in Government offices.

On his part, the Chinese Vice Premier assured the President that China will continue supporting Kenya's development projects particularly the improvement of urban infrastructure.

He said China also offers scholarships to Kenyan students to promote cultural exchange between the two countries.

Mr. Peiyan further assured the President that China will continue cooperating with Kenya in the international arena to address challenges of globalization.

The two leaders also exchanged views on a wide range of other development issues affecting the two countries and agreed to increase official visits to improve the existing relationship.

Present were Foreign Affairs Minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere, Assistant Minister Moses Wetangula and Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Ambassador Boaz Mbaya.

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