Nakuru In A Historic City -Twinning Initiative With China’s Jiangsu Province

In a move set to reshape the urban landscape, the County Government of Nakuru and China’s Jiangsu Province have signed a historic deal, paving the way for an unprecedented Nakuru and Nanjing cities-twinning initiative.

Nanjing City, the former capital of China from 1912 to 1949, is located about 300 kilometres up the Yangtze River from Shanghai. It is a major centre for culture, education, research, politics, economy, transport, and tourism.

According to Governor Susan Kihika, the agreement marks Nakuru City’s journey toward urban renewal and economic prosperity by leveraging China’s expertise and resources to address pressing urban challenges.

“The agreement promises to revolutionize Nakuru City’s infrastructure landscape, with a particular focus on transportation, waste management, urban planning, and bolstering essential services,” she noted.

The Governor was speaking after hosting a delegation from China’s Jiangsu Province led by the Executive Deputy Governor of the region, Mr. Ma Xin, at the County headquarters.

Governor Kihika also welcomed the Jiangsu business people to invest in Nakuru County, especially in the hospitality, energy generation, agriculture, apparel, and tourism sectors.

“Potential investors can rest assured that my administration is fully committed to providing the essential incentives and support necessary for your ventures to thrive,” she promised.

Mr. Xin pledged to actively promote the abundant investment opportunities within Nakuru County, both domestically in China and to Chinese nationals abroad.

“The People’s Republic of China will continue working with Kenya for the two country’s prosperity. Jiangsu Province will consider Nakuru County’s priority areas of interest,” he stated.

The Governor expressed delight in the partnership between Egerton University and Nanjing University that has seen the establishment of the Confucius Institute.

The institute was launched on December 13, 2012, and is a partnership between Egerton University and the Chinese International Education Foundation under the Ministry of Education of China and Nanjing Agricultural University.

“Apart from teaching the Chinese language to students, it has led to the transfer of agricultural technology to our farmers with a Centre in Bahati Sub-county,” the Governor stated.

The Governor implored the leadership of Jiangsu Province to provide scholarships to students from Nakuru County, even as the County seeks to offer bursaries to students in need.

Jiangsu Province is home to 45 world-leading colleges and universities, including Jiangsu University, Jiangsu Normal University, and Huaihai Institute of Technology.

Such a gesture, she emphasized, would not only deepen the cordial relations between the two regions but also foster greater synergy through cultural, technological, and trade exchanges.

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