外文标题：Kenya launches $13.8bn China-built railway to boost trade
Mombasa (Kenya) (AFP) - Kenya launched construction of a Chinese-funded $13.8 billion (10 billion euro) flagship railway project Thursday, hoping to dramatically increase trade and boost Kenya's position as a regional economic powerhouse.
The key transport link, to run from the busy port city of Mombasa inland to the highland capital Nairobi, is eventually hoped to extend onwards to Uganda, and then connect with proposed lines to Rwanda and South Sudan.
"What we are doing here today will most definitely transform the course of development not just for Kenya but the whole eastern African region," President Uhuru Kenyatta told crowds at the ground breaking ceremony he called a "historic milestone".
"As a result east Africa will become a competitive investment destination... a busy growing east Africa is good for us a country."
Kenyan media have enthusiastically hailed the project, which replaces dilapidated British colonial-era lines, as the region's largest infrastructure project for a century.
Once I went to Africa, I was amazed at how many Chinese there were. They had command of the 5 star hotel (5 star used loosely).. The people I stayed with said their construction is shoddy because they cut back to skim off the money.. I don't know if that is an ugly stereotype, but I know they are not the first country or ethnic group to raid Africa of its natural resources..
China continues to set up colonies in Africa and steal their resources. African miners work long hours in the mines for peanuts with the tin copper gold coal etc going to China. In some countries in East Africa there are more signs in Chinese than in the native language. But China isn't demonized by the International community like Europeans were because it's politically correct by China to enslave people.
All you guys don't understand why they loved the Chinese people over there. The Chinese invested a lot of money over there just to help them to rebuild their countries in exchanged with their natural resources while the White man traded arms with them for violence......go figure
Kenya: in waiting for railway derailment.
The most important portion of this deal needs to be that there is at least 50% of the engineers need to be Kenyan's and the labor force should be 75% local. China, while doing some nice things, have a bad habit of bringing in only their people to make money that they send back home.
The sudden and meteoric rise of China to become the world's number one economic powerhouse has surprised the West a whole lot, and that is why the Americans and their Asian allies (Japan and South Korea) have become very envious of the Chinese.
I wonder how many Chinese workers will build it instead of employing Kenyans.
Chinese view Africans as their equal business partners. It's easy for them to commit to things like this.
China doesn't view anyone as their equals. There are strings attached, even if you don't see them.
The strings are China gets access to the resources of Africa. The Chinese are smart enough to know Africa is the last continent with abundant resources. America doesn't because of racism.
We in Kenya welcome this timely gesture by the Chinese Government.We are sick and tired of being pushed around by Western countries who only care about themselves,we welcome Chinese investment in Kenya and Africa as a whole as our new development partners ,we no longer will allow ourselves to be pushed and shoved around by America and Britain WE DON'T NEED OR WANT ANYTHING FROM THEM..!! Only recently Kenya has discovered vast quantities of crude oil deposits and other valuable minerals and therefore the days of the west dangling carrots at us are long gone,to those idiots calling us loser countries FYI if we were such losers such an article would not even caught your attention and by commenting you only confirm what we already know as to whom Kenya is going to deal with in the future.God bless our great,powerful and proud country Kenya and as to Westerners,please keep off our country,we don't need or want anything to do with you,don't even dream of visiting Kenya .
From one master (the British) to a new one (the Chinese) and we crow about independence. If Kenya could not maintain what was left by the British, what makes one think that this new venture will be any different?
great then send us back our money.
Kenya can't run the railroad they already have.
Kenya gave the USA obama and the USA was dumb enough to elect him.
Bin O.J. Zimmerman
These projects are all intended to help get the natural resources out of their country to China.
At least those natural resources are not human slaves.....
The whiteman has been in Africa for 100s of years and all they did were exploited the people and the land. Now the Chinese are in Africa to do something that will make live better for the Arican and many white start to make fun of it. White man you have a 100 yr to help Africa but you did not do Jack now stand a side and let the Chinese and African rebuilt Africa and #$%$!
The Chinese are into business and they love hard work. on the other hand the Whiteman (Europeans and Americans) are into stealing and are very lazy.
My advice to Kenya and other African countries is not to allow the Whiteman to be part of the construction of these infrastructure projects, because they will run up the cost 100 more
China helping Africa move on. For over a century the British have built nothing while Americans have never built a Rail line, an airport, port or a major road anywhere in Africa. All they care for are military bases.
Thats a train I would not get on, china is not known for safety on anything.
you cannot afford to get on one!
@Tony, Will you fly by Boeing 787 Dreamliner?
i wont ride on that train its made in china....
So they can build a 3 billion dollar railway but can't aid more than 1 million in the Phillipines? Hmm.. political much? Axxholes.
they will now start buying out countries in africa
Kenya will have to import labor to build the railway or it will never be built.
Obama is using our tax money to pay China to build a railway in his country
maybe now Obama will go home and ride that train