SPEECH FOR USE DURING THE NATIONAL DAY OF THE PEOPLE's Republic China

Source:MFA 2019-10-08

  Your Excellency Mr. Wu Peng, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China,

  Excellencies- Members of the Diplomatic Corps. Dean of the Diplomatic Corps our Revolutionary H.E. Mr. Beyene Russom

  1. I recognize the distinguished presence of –-

  2. I am delighted and honoured to represent the Government of Kenya here today and to join you and other guests in marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. On behalf of H.E. the President of the Republic of Kenya, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, the government fraternity and the people of Kenya, I convey warm greetings and heartfelt congratulations to you and through you to the leadership, Government and the People of the People’s Republic of China.

  3. 70 years ago, Tuesday 1st October 1949, at the historic Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Chairman Mao Zedong proclaimed the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The five-star Red Flag rose for the first time and China became a Republic setting sail towards greatness. Following the radical economic reforms introduced in 1978, China has made enormous strides in the socio-economic progress lifting nearly a billion people out of poverty and seeing the emergence of the PRC as the second largest economy and a global leader. This would not have been possible without able and visionary leadership coupled with resilience and hard work of the Chinese people. I salute you all! {Wǒ xiàng dàjiā zhìjìng}

  4. Excellency, as part of this epochal moment, President Xi Jinping recently launched a book entitled “The Governance of China”, which is being translated into Swahili, Kenya’s national language, which is also spoken widely in many parts of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. The book presents vital lessons to us on how China transformed the governance concept into tangible benefits for the people of China. We will draw lessons from your experiences on how to transform and build resilient societies through home-grown governance solutions.

  Ladies and Gentlemen

  5. As we share in the joy of this auspicious occasion, we reflect on the warm and mutually beneficial cooperation based on equality, mutual trust, mutual benefit and win-win outcomes that has characterized our ties. The Kenya China cooperation was upgraded to Strategic Comprehensive Cooperative Partnership (SCCP) in 2016, which has since yielded results in all fields. China is a committed partner since independence and the high-level exchanges between our leaders and senior officials has considerably deepened this mutually satisfying engagement. Indeed, cooperation through the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) have yielded monumental results. We have aligned the eight FOCAC initiatives to our own developmental agenda.

  Excellencies

  6. Kenya and China share a common vision for the development and transformation of Kenya, and our great continent. We are a founding and active member of the “Golden Belt of the BRI” that stretches from the ports of Mombasa to the inland port of Kisumu and to the entire East and Central African hinterland and onwards to the Atlantic seaboard. This is in addition to the LAPSSET corridor stretching from the Lamu deep sea port that connects the Northern corridor to South Sudan, Ethiopia, The Sudan, CAR. There are many investment opportunities for all.

  7. Kenya will therefore proactively continue to play its role through the modernization of port infrastructure, Special Economic Zones, soft infrastructure and the SGR to ensure the goals of BRI and Vision 2030 are achieved.

  Excellencies

  8. There are more than 400 Chinese companies operating in Kenya and employing over 150,000 locals. With the establishment of the CFTA, the opportunities are even greater, taking advantage of the new market of 1.2 billion people and a middle class of 350 million. Chinese investors are welcome to invest in value addition in the agricultural and industrial sectors. The companies have also played a key role in supporting social programmes in communities where they operate through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). This is commendable. I wish to call upon these companies to do more than CSR, be creative. Insert yourself into the aspirations of the people in your communities. Master their lives much much better. Include sustainable environmental programmes and establish ethical frameworks that obligates everyone to perform their duties and responsibilities in order to maintain equilibrium between the economy and the society.

  9. Trade relations remain in favour of China. However, I applaud China for its proactive policy to open up its market for Africa/Kenyan products. Following the signing of the MOU on Sanitary & Phytosanitary (SPS) last year during the China International Import Expo, Kenya is on course to concluding the signing of fifteen protocols on various products destined for the Chinese market. Already three Protocols have been signed. These include Protocols on Stevia, frozen avocado (the first consignment was shipped out on 5th September 2019) and the export of donkey hides skin to China.

  10. The growth of human capital is critical in sustainable development and building a sustainable society. In this regard, I highly commend China for supporting Kenya’s human capital development especially the youth, through training in technical fields such as medicine, engineering, journalism, agriculture, communication, diplomacy, water technology in China. Let’s not forget those that require additional mastery. On 27th August 2019, 232 Kenyan students travelled to China to commence studies under Chinese government scholarships in various fields. I can confirm they arrived in China and are being facilitated to their respective Universities.

  Ladies and Gentlemen

  11. Stability in the region will have a positive impact on the economic development not only of Kenya but of the region as whole. I therefore call on China to enhance its support to regional peace efforts and post conflict reconstruction of Somalia and South Sudan as well as the war on terrorism to ensure Al Shabab is dealt with as part of the global terrorist networks. Peace among all neighbours of the Horn of Africa is paramount if we have to defeat the terrorists and bring development to our people.

  12. Kenya is well known for her contribution to regional peace processes. We have impeccable credentials in promoting conflict prevention,

  stabilization and resilience and building capacity in our region. In order to bring this rich experience to bear, Kenya has been endorsed by Africa for the Non-Permanent Seat at the United Nations Security Council for the Period 2021-2022 as the only African Representative. We know we can count on the support of the People’s Republic of China when elections are held in New York in June 2020. We are a safe pair of hands. Support Africa: Vote Kenya.

  Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen

  13. ‘Hongera’ {Zhùhè} China for the great achievements and all the best as you forge ahead for the next 70 years. I wish H.E. President Xi Jinping, the Government and the citizens of the People’s Republic China good tidings and prosperity. May the bonds of friendship that bind us together continue to grow even deeper for the mutual benefit of our two peoples.

  I now request you to join me in raising a toast to the good health of H.E. President Xi Jinping and continued friendship and prosperity of the people of the People’s Republic of China.

  I thank you all! {xièxiè} and wellbeing of H.E. President Xi Jinping and H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta, and for the continued friendship and partnership between tod

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