The First Event of Performances by Confucius Institutes in Kenya for Mombasa-Nairobi SGR Project Held in Nairobi

On 24th August 2015, H. E. Dr. Liu Xianfa, Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, attended the First Event of Performances by the Confucius Institutes in Kenya for Mombasa-Nairobi SGR Project. Over 400 people attended the event including Kenyan Police Inspector General Mr. Joseph Boinet, Kenyan government officials, principals of major Kenyan universities and representatives from major Kenyan media houses, as well as SGR Project General Manager Mr. Sun Liqiang, Deputy General Manager Mr. Li Qiang, representatives from Chinese media in Africa, the Confucius Institutes, Chinese companies and community in Kenya, and the Chinese and Kenyan staff of the SGR project, etc.

In his remarks, Amb. Liu pointed out that in August 2013, Chinese President H. E. Xi Jinping and Kenyan President H. E. Uhuru Kenyatta agreed to jointly build the China-Kenya comprehensive cooperative partnership featuring equality, mutual trust, mutual benefit and win-win outcome. Guided by consensus of both Presidents, the China-Kenya comprehensive cooperative partnership has gained early harvests, which can be best symbolized by the construction achievements of the Mombasa-Nairobi SGR project. Between China and Kenya, there are not only the sample projects like the Mombasa-Nairobi SGR Project, but also several Confucius Institutes established in Kenya, which have added to the glory of China-Kenya cultural and people-to-people exchanges. The purpose of holding this event is to enhance the understanding and friendship between the two peoples, jointly strengthen China-Kenya economic and trade cooperation as well as cultural and people-to-people exchanges, and win support for future development of China-Kenya relations, including major projects such as industrial capacity cooperation. China and Kenya will further strengthen cooperation, integration and mutual learning, and unite as one with concerted efforts, so as to make the SGR a successful one and always keep it in excellent conditions. The SGR, a railway of friendship, cooperation and mutual benefits, will definitely contribute to an even brighter future of China-Kenya friendship cooperation.

Inspector General Boinet said, Kenya-China political, economic, trade and cultural cooperation had been becoming closer and closer. The SGR is a flagship project under Kenya’s Vision 2030 as well as a role model of our bilateral cooperation, highlighting the deep friendship between the two peoples. Up to now, the construction of SGR has been steady and well-organized. The Kenyan police will, as always and with all its strength, continue to ensure the smooth construction and security of the project.

General Manager of SGR Mr. Sun expressed sincere gratitude to the performers from the Confucius Institutes in Kenya, and said that the SGR project bears the common dreams between China and Kenya to achieve progress and prosperity. With the support from both governments and friends from various circles as well as joint efforts by the Chinese and Kenyan constructors, the project has made significant and steady progress. It is hoped that this event could demonstrate the hardworking spirit of the SGR staff and further promote the project so as to integrate and cooperate well with local communities.

Soon afterwards, teachers and students from the four Confucius Institutes and one Confucius Classroom in Kenya as well as the Chinese and Kenyan staff of the SGR project presented guests with a brilliant art performance. The event was filled with warm atmosphere and cheers and applauses.

This event was sponsored by the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, and co-organized by China Road & Bridge Corporation Kenya Office, the Head Office of Mombasa-Nairobi SRG Project, 4 Confucius Institutes respectively at University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Egerton University and Moi University, CRI Nairobi Confucius Classroom and CCTV Africa. In future, the Confucius Institutes will also visit other campsites of the SGR and conduct performances.

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