Outstanding Kenyan employees of Chinese firms leave for Beijing visit
AIROBI, April 15 (Xinhua) -- The second and final batch of 55 outstanding Kenyan employees working for Chinese enterprises on Monday kicked off their eight days trip to China.
Guo Ce, economic and commercial counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, was joined by Ababu Namwamba, Kenya's chief administrative secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the flag-off ceremony for the outstanding local employees.
"The outstanding employees travelling today represent some of the leading Chinese companies operating here. I believe these employees are our industry ambassadors who will connect our two countries more closely," said Guo.
Chinese companies through their umbrella body, Kenya-China Economic and Trade Association (KCETA) in December 2018 selected 55 outstanding local employees to visit China as a part of 55th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Nairobi and Beijing.
The first batch of 28 outstanding employees flew to China on April 8 while the second batch of 27 employees kicked off their tour on Monday to join their colleagues.
Besides visiting mega cities like Beijing and Shanghai, the outstanding employees are also expected to tour historical sites as well as industrial and technological hubs.
A visit to major Chinese companies like China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) and Huawei Technologies, that represents the Asian country's prowess in manufacturing and advanced technologies, will be a key highlight of the trip.
Li Changgui, chairman of KCETA, said the 55 employees who were rewarded with a trip to China for their unwavering dedication to duty, include middle level managers, technicians and entry-level personnel.
"They work as technical experts, excellent managers or long-term devotees who insist on the frontline," said Li.
"I hope that you will make persistent efforts to make new and greater contributions to Kenya's "Big Four" and the deepening of China-Kenya economic and trade cooperation," he added.
Maureen Wanjiku Mwaniki, project manager with Huawei Technologies, said she looked forward to an exciting trip to China and learn about the country's technological and economic miracle.
"I wish to use this opportunity to explore the world's most populous and largest market," said Mwaniki.