William Ruto Arrives in China for Belt and Road Forum

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Kenyan President, William Ruto, and other world leaders have landed in Beijing to participate in the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. The Belt and Road Forum will be held for two days in the Chinese capital.

This forum is the most important event of the year and also a notable celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative. Indeed, it is a great diplomatic significance for China.

Over 140 countries and 30 international organisations, including leaders, officials, and representatives from various sectors, have confirmed their participation.

The Belt and Road Initiative was initiated by China in 2013 and it aims to create trade and infrastructure networks connecting Asia, Europe, Africa, and beyond along the historic Silk Road trade routes.

The participation of over 150 countries and 30 international organisations in the BRI framework in the past decade marked a significant milestone in global cooperation.

Kenyan President William Ruto said on Tuesday, ahead of the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, that Kenya and China are working together to create a “bigger ecosystem of friendship and partnership,

“We build the relationship between people to people and civilizations between our two countries … and building the bridge between Africa and China,” Ruto said, adding that Kenya has achieved “tangible, practical, realistic outcomes of the BRI,” since the inception of the BRI by China.

The Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway built by China has contributed to Kenya’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth by 1.5 percent. Not forgetting the 27-km Nairobi Expressway which has also become an integral part of sustainable urban transportation in Kenya, thereby reducing travel time from the south to the west of Nairobi from two hours to just 20 minutes.

Ruto said he came to Beijing to attend the forum and celebrate the results of 10 fruitful years, as well as to share experiences and learn from what has worked, and to see “how we can do better going into the future,” especially in the area of digitalisation.

“We believe that it’s been a success. We can escalate that success again by building on new avenues of technology and digitalisation as part of the BRI with China”. Ruto said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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