PANAFRICOM/ 2017 05 21/
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Monday that the Belt and Road Initiative is “the best model for Africa’s desired progress”:
“THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE GIVES OUR CONTINENT THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A PARADIGM SHIFT. POST-COLONIAL AFRICA HAS BEEN STUCK IN A RUT (…) BEING PART OF ONE BELT ALLOWS THE CONTINENT TO MOVE TO A NEW PLATFORM, THROUGH WHICH GLOBAL COLLABORATION WILL ALLOW FOR VALUE-ADDITION, INNOVATION AND INCREASED PROSPERITY,” KENYATTA SAID IN A STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE KENYAN PRESIDENCY IN NAIROBI.
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The Kenyan leader, who has been in Beijing for the “Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation” (*), said that the “Silk Road initiative fits well into the African Union agenda to create more infrastructure links within the continent”. He added that “the continent must move from being a mere consumer of imports of finished goods to become an exporter itself”.
Kenyatta was among the 29 foreign heads of state and government as well as the delegates from some 130 countries who attended the forum held in Beijing on May 14-15.
“ROADS, ELECTRICITY, TELECOMMUNICATION AND WATER EMPOWER OUR PEOPLE, AND BRING PROSPERITY AND FREEDOM. CHINA HAS LEARNED THIS LESSON WELL AND SO HAS AFRICA” (KENYATTA)
“It will be a win-win situation when our people have the skills, assets and financing necessary to participate in the development of the infrastructure corridors that will enhance connectivity, support trade and reduce the cost of doing business between our countries,” Kenyatta said.
He added that “everyone wins when people have the technology to add value to Africa’s wealth of resources as it is key to the fair and unimpeded trade that benefits all”. “We will all win when the economic corridors we develop hasten industrialization; and when they hasten the development of domestic private-sector capabilities,” Kenyatta said.
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In his keynote speech at the forum, President Xi Jinping said “China will provide relevant international organizations with 1 billion U.S. dollars to implement cooperation projects that will benefit the countries on the Belt and Road”. Kenyatta, who also inked various agreements with China during his visit, said that “the Belt and Road Initiative will secure good jobs and protect Kenyans from the burden of imprudent debt”. He lauded China for “the role it is playing in improving the infrastructure connectivity in East Africa, saying infrastructure brings prosperity and African governments are working hard to strengthen connectivity on the continent”. “Roads, electricity, telecommunication and water empower our people, and bring prosperity and freedom. China has learned this lesson well and so has Africa,” he said.
(*) The Belt and Road Initiative was proposed by Xi in 2013 with an aim to build trade and infrastructure networks connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient Silk Road routes. It comprises the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
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