Economic and trade cooperation between Kenya and China has reached unprecedented levels with foreign aid training programs becoming important platforms for communication between the nations.

To date, the Chinese Government has funded more than 1000 Kenyan youth to study in China making the number of Kenyan students studying in China more than 2,400. 100 of them are said to be in China thanks to a Chinese government scholarship.

Speaking to the press Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Office of the People’s Republic of China Prof Guo Ce said that this fully demonstrates the fruitful cooperation between the two countries and the common wish of the two peoples for enhancing understanding and deepening friendship.

Dennis Mutahi, the Director of Human Resource Development in the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs says that more Chinese companies are coming to Kenya and the government of Kenya realizes the importance of talent training and technology transfer. He added that an evaluation undertaken two years ago reveals that the skills, knowledge and experiences that beneficiaries gain from training in China, lead to improved performance and thereby contribute to the growth of the Kenyan economy.

Some of the things that were learned during the training include Law enforcement concepts, engines and the entire railway line, deployment of technology in securing train stations, stakeholders involvement in railway security, intelligence-led policing and crime scene investigations.

China will provide Kenya with 14 bilateral training programs and hundreds of multilateral training programs come next year.

Besides scholarships under China Aid, Kenya also benefits from the MOFCOM scholarship established by the ministry of commerce of people’s Republic of China to encourage students from any nationality to study in China.

This year however marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Kenya and China.

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