Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kipchumba Murkomen on Wednesday, November 16, held a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Dr. Zhou Pingjian.
In a press statement to newsrooms, the two leaders discussed new areas of collaboration, emerging opportunities, and people-focused infrastructure projects that Kenya seeks to undertake.
Murkomen noted that Kenya would work closely with the Chinese Government in the modernisation and digitisation of the transport sector.
“As Government, we consider China a close friend and a great partner owing to their active involvement in the transformation of Kenya’s infrastructure landscape over the last 20 years resulting in the cheaper, faster, and more efficient movement of people and goods between cities and towns," part of the statement.
CS Murkomen and Dr. Pingjian also explored areas of partnership in the aviation sector, including expansion of airports starting with the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
The Transport CS called for the formulation of a workable model that would encourage the transfer of technology, skills, and knowledge to Kenyan youth through the formation of joint working teams, scholarships, and training.
"As one of the powerhouses in the fields of science and technology, China can assist our youth to become competitive in the job market through scholarships and training that would accord them the technological know-how and the requisite skills necessary to become competitive in the global job market,” Murkomen stated.