More Chinese investors are enthusiastic about conducting business with Kenyan traders, especially on the sale of fruits and vegetables. Chinese delegates from the Shandong Province recently visited various counties with keen interest to increase agricultural imports.
In a meeting with local investors in Nakuru, the representatives talked about various products, including seafood. Lyu Wei, the deputy director of commerce in Shangdong Province, spoke about the future of trade between the two countries, pledging Shangdong’s support for fruits and vegetables.
“Last year the 57.8 percent of aquatic and marine products were from Kenya while in return we exported some agricultural products mainly garlic,” she said.
Wei added that Shandong would promote exports of peanuts and vegetables. On the other hand, the province intends to import Kenya’s nuts, coffee, and tea.
The delegates shared some of the critical concerns, such as quality and safety. On the Shangdong side, the representatives promised to help local traders meet requirements through training and exchange programs.
In Narok, the delegation had an opportunity to engage in talks in the county’s tourism sector. Narok’s governor Samuel Ole Tanai welcomed the investors to explore opportunities in the county’s tourism sector and livestock farming.
Last year, Kenya received 82,000 Chinese tourists. The country is targeting a million tourists which will help boost Kenya’s revenue, and later open stronger bilateral ties between the two countries.