Key ac­cess point

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Over the past decades, China Wu Yi has grown from hum­ble begin­nings to a highly pro­fes­sional in­ter­na­tional con­struc­tion project con­trac­tor. It has chalked up re­mark­able achieve­ments by im­ple­ment­ing over 50 in­fra­struc­ture projects in Kenya in the con­struc­tion of high­ways, bridges, air­ports, hos­pi­tals, and in­stal­la­tion of electro­mechan­i­cal equip­ment.

“Projects we un­der­took in­clude a high-grade high­way ex­tend­ing over hun­dreds of km, res­i­den­tial build­ings of more than 400,000 square me­ters and the ex­pan­sion of the Jomo Keny­atta In­ter­na­tional Air­port,” said Lin Feng, Gen­eral Man­ager of China Wu Yi Kenya Branch.

More re­cently, the com­pany has been awarded a con­tract for the up­grade of a 25-km sec­tion of the Nairobi-nakuru high­way, aimed at eas­ing traf­fic in and out of the cap­i­tal. This es­ti­mated $163-mil­lion mas­sive road con­struc­tion is the largest high­way project ever un­der­taken by China Wu Yi over­seas.

Lin, a Fu­jian Prov­ince na­tive who has worked nine years in Africa, at­trib­uted this suc­cess to Kenya’s eco­nomic progress.

Kenya is re­garded as an im­por­tant re­gional player be­cause of the port of Mom­basa, which is re­garded as a key ac­cess point for Africa on the 21st Cen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road, part of China’s Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive.

The Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive was pro­posed by Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping in 2013 with the aim of build­ing trade and in­fra­struc­ture net­works con­nect­ing Asia with Europe and Africa along the an­cient Silk Road routes.

“Be­ing part of the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive al­lows our coun­try and the con­ti­nent to move to a new plat­form, through which global col­lab­o­ra­tion will al­low for val­uead­di­tion, in­no­va­tion and in­creased pros­per­ity,” said Kenyan Pres­i­dent Keny­atta while at­tend­ing the Belt and

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