BEIJING China, September 1, 2018. Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Monica Juma joined her counterparts for the Seventh Ministerial conference of the forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) at Diayutai Guest house Beijing China. She was accompanied by Trade Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya.

The meeting that precedes the Summit was attended by Foreign ministers and Ministers or representatives responsible for international trade affairs from 53 African members of the FOCAC and senior representatives of the Africa Union commission.

In her speech Amb Juma hailed the FOCAC framework noting that it has delivered on many of the pledges under Johannesburg action plan of 2016-2018 which set aside 60 billion U.S dollars to facilitate development cooperation of African continent.

She said that the completion of Nairobi to Mombasa SGR is a milestone not only for Kenya-China relations but as a symbol for the enormous potential of Africa-China Cooperation. Since its inaugural ride last year, at least 1.5 million passengers have experienced the efficient service delivered, while close to 1 million tonnes of freight have been delivered.

Amb Juma added that Kenya was gearing itself to tap into the pledges to be made under Beijing declaration and 2019- 2021 Beijing action plan to propel it’s big four agenda namely: manufacturing, affordable housing, food security and affordable healthcare.

The Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is scheduled for September 3-4, at which a Beijing Declaration and an action plan will be adopted to provide an action plan for China-Africa cooperation in the next three years or more.

At the summit the President and his host President Xi Jinping will hold bilateral talks and review the state of Bilateral relations. They will also witness the signing of Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation, Memorandum of Understanding on the Belt and Road Initiative Cooperation and Loan Agreement of the Nairobi Western bypass project.

The signing of these agreements will go a long way in deepening the relations between Kenya and China

By Andrew Kuria