China’s third city, Guangzhou is a scintillating metropolis of 18 million people whose attractions include the presence of humanity from all over the world. 37 Kenyan business people, customers of the Co-operative Bank recently joined that medley that includes large numbers of Africans to sample among other things, Chinese infrastructural and commercial prowess.
The bank’s director of retail and business Mr Arthur Muchangi who led the group of investors drawn from various sectors said exchange visits between Kenyan and Chinese entrepreneurs would boost trade between the two nations. He said Kenya needed cheap industrial products from China as much as the latter needed coffee, tea, flowers and other agricultural produce on offer for the export market.
Kenya’s Deputy Head of mission at the embassy in Beijing Mr Edward Kimani who welcomed the Kenyans on behalf of Ambassador Michael Kinyanjui said Guangzhou was poised to host a Kenyan consulate alongside China’s financial capital, Shanghai.