RE: AFRIKA $ CHINA: THE UNFOLDING MARCH Aug 18, 2013 16:03:45 GMT 3
Post by OtishOtish on Aug 18, 2013 16:03:45 GMT 3
Beijing has not invested in a single massive, game-changing project in the way it has been known to do in nations where it is seeking to cultivate a deep relationship.
The Thika Highway, for example, is the one project that is most associated with China in the popular imagination.
Yet the road was constructed using funds from the African Development Bank and the Treasury. Chinese contractors simply won the tender to undertake the works.
You mean that "superhighway" (as Kenyans call all 50km of it) wasn't just given? How can that be so when we so all those little men (displacing local labour) working hard on it. The paper can write what it wishes, but in Africa there is nothing like "I saw it with my own eyes!" and Kenyans saw them personally building the roads; so there.
By the way, in contrast with those stealing local jobs and finishing Kenya's elephants and rhinos, you will never hear much of Japan in Kenya, but just taking some random examples of grants:
"Ambassador Takata, Mr. Henry K. Rotich, the Cabinet Secretary for Treasury, and Mr. Eguchi, Chief Representative of JICA Kenya Office signed on agreements to start two water supply projects in Baringo and Narok, at a signing ceremony held at the office of the National Treasury, on 10th July, 2013. Mr. Richard Lopoyetum, Principle Secretary of the Ministry of Water, Environment and Natural Resources, was present at the ceremony representing the ministry in charge of these projects.
These two projects totaling JPY 2.36 billion will bring 90 boreholes to villages in Baringo, which currently do not have stable access to clean water, and renovate and extend the old water supply system of Narok Town."
Ambassador Takata’s attendance at the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Construction of Nairobi Western Ring Roads
On August 12th, Ambassador Toshihisa Takata attended the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the Construction of Nairobi Western Ring Roads（a Grant aid project from the Government of Japan） in Nairobi. President Mwai Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Roads Minister Franklin Bett, other government ministers and high officials were present at the ceremony, a testament to the high interest of the Government of Kenya toward this project.
In his speech, President Kibaki expressed a deep appreciation to Japan for the continuous assistance and cooperation toward Kenya even after the tragic earthquake that caused massive destruction of infrastructure in Japan earlier this year.
This project is under taken by Japanese constructor and consultant, Ambassador Takata said ”Products and services by Japanese companies are always about quality. We as a nation believe in that and we believe quality work is cheapest in the long run”.[/i
Tonnes of Maize have arrived at the Mombasa Port (Handing over ceremony of Japan’s Food Aid）
"The handing over ceremony of Japan’s Food Aid was held at the Mombasa Port on 13th August. The Horn of Africa, including Kenya has been suffering from crippling food deficit due to the worst drought in sixty years. “Five month ago, it was the Kenyans who prayed and devoted money for Japan in a spirit of solidarity. Children in Kibera sang songs in support of the Japanese victims. Now it is those warm persons in Kenya’s arid lands and shanty towns who are suffering from severe hunger and malnutrition. It is Japan’s turn to give back” said H.E. Ambassador Takata. He also mentioned that the amount of maize was enough to feed 3.7 million people for more than 50 days. The Minister for Agriculture Hon. Dr. Sally Kosgey said that the importation of the maize under Japanese Food Aid would help mitigate the high prices of maize in Kenya.
Japan extends to Kenya Grant Assistance amounting to JPN-Y1.56 billion towards the Project for Dualling of Nairobi-Dagoretti Corner Road C60/C61
On June 2nd 2012, Ambassador Toshihisa Takata and the Minister for Finance Hon. Njeru Githae signed and exchanged notes for the Project for Dualling of Nairobi-Dagoretti Corner Road C60/C61 otherwise known as the Expansion of Ngong Road. The ceremony which was held at the Nairobi Serena Hotel was also witnessed by the minister for Roads Hon. Franklin Bett and the JICA President Mr. Akihiko Tanaka together with major media houses signifying the high interest of the project to Kenya. Also signed during the occasion was the project’s Grant Agreement as well as the Loan Agreement for Mombasa Port Area Road Development Project which had its Exchange of Notes signed on May 22nd 2012.
A grant contract (GC)signing ceremony for the project “Improving Health of People Living in the Selected Urban Informal Settlement Community in Langata District, Nairobi Province (Phase 3)” by the Japanese NGO Child Doctor
On 30th January 2013, Japan’s Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Toshihisa Takata together with Japanese NGO Child Doctor’s Representative in Kenya Dr. Kazuko Kumon, held a G/C signing ceremony for a 2012 Grant Aid project “Improving Health of People Living in the Selected Urban Informal Settlement Community in Langata District, Nairobi Province (Phase 3)”. With this grant, Child Doctor Japan will implement a project for Community Health Strategy (CHS) in three slums within Nairobi.