Kenya’s Trade Ministry Seeks Partnerships with China to Help Country Implement ‘Big 4’ Development Agenda

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The Government of Kenya, in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy, the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the Kenya China Economic and Trade Association (KCETA) will this week host a consultative forum to explore avenues of co-operation for the speedy attainment of the East African Country’s ‘Big Four’ development agenda.

The Big Four agenda is an ambitious development initiative launched by Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta. The initiative seeks to ensure food security, develop affordable housing, boost Kenya’s manufacturing sector and ensure affordable healthcare for all of the country’s citizens.

The joint forum to deliberate on this agenda will be held on the 20th of April, 2018, featuring Chinese Enterprises in Kenya.

At the event, stakeholders will discuss practical approaches to speed up the rollout of the Big 4 development agenda.

The event will be graced by Mr James Macharia, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Infrastructure; Dr. Liu Xianfa, Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China to Kenya; Dr. Chris Kiptoo, Principal Secretary for Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Trade, and Ambassador Macharia Kamau, Principal Secretary for Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Trade.

The affair comes barely four months after President Kenyatta met International Finance Corporation (IFC) Vice President for the Middle East and Africa, Sergio Pimenta, to discuss support for the private sector in delivering his Big Four agenda.

At the time President Kenyatta was seeking the active engagement of the IFC in securing cheap financing as well as lifting the capacity of the private sector so they could participate in large-scale projects.

Pimenta said the IFC, the World Bank’s private sector lending arm, was keen to partner with the government to deliver on an economic agenda focused on investment in the social sectors.

“To achieve the Big Four we will require partnership with the private sector, so that they can take advantage of the good foundation we have laid over the past few years to deliver to ordinary citizens,” the president said at the time.

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