In­con­crete

Chi­nese con­struc­tion com­pany’s cre­den­tials shine in Kenya’s in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor

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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

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