Chinese President Xi Jinping said China is willing to import more Kenyan goods to help the African country boost its competitiveness on Sunday in a meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who will attend the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai.
Xi welcomed Kenyatta to attend the first China International Import Expo. He said China is ready to help Kenya to increase the added value and boost the competitiveness of Kenyan products and expand imports from Kenya. China is willing to work with Kenya to research on projects of Kenya's concerns such as railway construction, he added.
Xi noted that during the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in September this year, he and Kenyatta reached an important consensus on promoting the development of China-Kenya relations.
He said he hoped that Kenya provides a good environment for Chinese companies, and he calls the two countries to closely coordinate and cooperate in international and regional affairs to jointly defend the multilateral system and order.
Kenyatta said that he is glad to come to China and attend the first China International Import Expo and he looked forward to taking it as an opportunity to strengthen the economic and trade relations between the two countries.
He said he agrees with President Xi's proposal that development is the master key to solving all problems. He also highly appreciates Xi's initiative to build the Belt and Road Initiative and attaches importance to the China-Africa Cooperation Forum.
He said Kenya stands ready to work closely with China in the fields of economy, trade, agriculture and infrastructure construction, and to provide suitable conditions for Chinese enterprises to invest in Kenya. He stressed that Kenya is willing to work with China to promote the continuous development of Africa-China relations, jointly safeguard multilateralism and the free trade system, and contribute to building a community with shared future for mankind.