China trade week opens in Kenya

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The fifth edition of China Trade Week Kenya opened on Wednesday in the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi as more than 500 exhibitors showcased high-end manufactured products from China.

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Devolution and ASAL, Eugene Wamalwa helped kick off proceedings.

“Kenya is a rising economy that is keen to strengthen bilateral trade with China through exhibitions as well as business to business forums. The China Trade Week presents a platform for us to exchange knowledge and ideas that can promote fruitful economic partnership,” said Wamalwa.

China Trade week is expected to attract over 30,000 visitors interested in purchasing items ranging from textiles, electronic goods, and home appliances to automotive parts.

The first phase of the China Trade Week running from June 5 to 7 will showcase products used in the construction sector, textiles, packaging materials, furniture and water treatment technologies.

From June 10 to 12, the second phase of the expo, consumer goods, automotive parts, electrical appliances, IT solutions and agricultural machinery will be showcased.

Zhao Xiyuan, Minister-Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Kenya was quoted saying that regular exhibitions are important to promote Sino-Kenya bilateral trade that has been on a growth trajectory in the recent past.

Chairman of MIE Groups, David Wang organized this year’s edition of China Trade Week. He said the expo will feature high-level workshops where experts will discuss innovative ways to boost China-Kenya trade in line with the Belt and Road initiative.

He continues to say it will foster dialogue required to revitalize economic cooperation.

The vice president in charge of strategy and partnerships at MIE Groups, Zahoor Ahmed stated that Kenya is well placed to reap from the benefits of the Belt and Road Initiative that include enhanced trade, connectivity and cultural exchanges.