Chinese construction company’s credentials shine in Kenya’s infrastructure sector
STARS seemed to have aligned perfectly for Chinese company China Wu Yi Co. Ltd. in recent years. At the firm’s Kenya Branch office in Nairobi, an eye-catching map hanging on the wall is covered with little red dots, each one representing a project undertaken by the company in the East African country.
Little known back home, the construction firm headquartered in southeast China’s Fujian Province has gained popularity across the African continent, and has become a well-known brand to locals.
In June, Kenya’s RWC 438 highway, one of the many projects undertaken by China Wu Yi, officially broke ground with President Uhuru Kenyatta attending the ceremony. The highway is one more sign of the increasing involvement of Chinese firms in mega infrastructure projects in East Africa.
Kenya’s construction sector is also headed for a revolutionary change as a $98.6-million mega supermarket for construction materials and a modern building industrial base went into operation on June 30 in Machakos County, south of Nairobi. Both projects, undertaken by China Wu Yi, will serve as a manufacturing base, a research and development hub, and a sales and demonstration center for new building technologies.
Construction industrialization, a new technology, is set to revolutionize the construction sector not only in Kenya, but all over East Africa, according to China Wu Yi Chairman Qiu Liangxin.
Qiu, a dynamic entrepreneur, said he spends more than half of his time in Africa every year, where his company has made breakthroughs in more than 10 emerging markets such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda. Its main growth engines are real estate development and international project contracting.
His efforts and time invested on the continent have paid off. In 2016, China Wu Yi was ranked among the