President Uhuru Kenyatta’s first state visit to China reaped hefty packages, including support to combat wildlife poaching in Kenya, the President said.
In an interview at the end of his visit Friday, President Kenyatta said China acknowledged that poaching was a problem and committed to work with Kenya in solving it.
“The Chinese Government understands that poaching is a problem. The most important thing is that they are not just talking about it but working to solve it,” President Kenyatta said.
He said the Chinese Government offered to improve surveillance around national parks and game reserves. The President added that China will also help with capacity building to enable the Kenya Wildlife Service deal with poachers effectively.
The President addressed a wide range of issues, including bilateral relations, economic partnerships, food security and general security.
President Kenyatta said China was working with Kenya to ensure security agencies have the latest equipment and technology to undertake their mandate effectively. He said China and Kenya entered into a partnership to fight terrorism and piracy, which are threats to the safety of Kenyans.
The President said his visit contributed to the signing of an agreement that will see the financing for geothermal power generation to the tune of $1 billion. This, together with other initiatives, would assist Government to raise power generation capacity to more than 5,000 megawatts from the current 1,600 megawatts.
“Increased power generation will lower the cost of doing business and attract more investors to our country, which is good for us because it will grow the economy and create employment for the youth,” the President said. More....