China has reiterated its commitment to strengthen bilateral ties with Kenya in order to advance the realisation of various programmes and initiatives as they mark 55 year anniversary of diplomatic ties with Kenya.
Speaking during a China Central Television plenary discussion hosted in JKUAT, Thursday, August 9, 2018, the Ambassador of China to Kenya Ms. Sun BaoHong lauded the burly development of the bilateral ties recognising that this was achieved by efforts from both China and Kenya.
“China and Kenya are working together to build stronger economic and social development. This collaboration is ordained to even brighter future,” said Ms. BaoHong.
The plenary discussion was anchored on research cooperation and exchanges between China and Africa with a focus on the Sino-Africa Joint Research Centre (SAJOREC) initiative at JKUAT. One of the topics discussed was the progress of SAJOREC and expected resultant benefits from the collaborative research between JKUAT and Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
On SAJOREC, the Ambassador acknowledged that the initiative was vital in improving the knowledge and technology transfer between China and Africa. She said SAJOREC will help researchers from Africa and China find innovative ways of undertaking their research thereby building a stronger Sino-Africa bond.
On her part, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi said SAJOREC fosters research in the region while boosting human capacity through training in key thematic areas such as biodiversity conservation, geographic and remote sensing, natural products development, agricultural science and technology, microbiology and molecular biology.
She said SAJOREC has played a pivotal role in enhancing collaborative research between JKUAT and CAS, a requisite ingredient for a knowledge based economy and the achievement of Africa’s Agenda 2063 as envisioned by the African Union.
“As we strive to attain industrialisation in Africa, collaborative research is vital in nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset as well as the relevant skills among researchers,” said Prof. Ngumi.
SAJOREC is a Chinese-aided bilateral project between the Governments of Kenya and the People’s Republic of China implemented through collaboration between JKUAT and Beijing based, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The Research Centre, the first of its kind in Africa, comprises of specialist research facilities including laboratories, herbarium and greenhouses as well as conference and accommodation facilities.
SAJOREC is hosted on the 40 acres JKUAT Botanical Garden based on 7 thematic gardens. These are, an African garden, medicinal garden, orchard garden and an Asian exotic garden. The aim of these gardens is to create a wholesome recreation center for the communities around JKUAT, Kenya and the region.