China backs road projects in Kenya

2009-11-04 09:04 BJT

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Cooperation between China and Africa has been developing quickly since 2006 when China unveiled a series of measures to strengthen ties. In Kenya, Chinese-funded road projects are helping economic development.

Construction of the northern and eastern by-passes of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is underway. They are part of the Kenyan government's ambitious infrastructure development program to boost its economy.

China is providing a massive 100 million US dollar loan to support the project. The Kenyan government has arranged a further 20 million US dollars. The China Road and Bridge corporation is managing the project.

Wang Lifang, Deputy Gen. Manager of Nairobi Office of CRBC, said, "We have about 40 Chinese staff in this project, which has created more than 600 jobs. We are using new technology and new materials. We will make sure it's high quality and environmentally-friendly."

The Kenyan side has welcomed the Chinese help.

When the project is completed, it will not only ease traffic jams in Nairobi, but also underscore the city's position as a regional hub.

Editor: Liu Anqi | Source: