Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Mr. Liu Xianfa Visits CI at Egerton University

[Source]    CI at Egerton University [Time]    2014-03-24 14:12:18 

Newly-appointed Chinese ambassador to Kenya H. E. Mr. Liu Xianfa paid a visit to Confucius Institute at Egerton University on 14th March. During his visit, Mr. Liu toured China-Kenya Horticultural Center, China-Kenya Agricultural Demonstration Park, the internet room and training facilities of the "20+20 Cooperative Plan between Chinese and African Universities", and planted a friendship tree in the Botanical Garden of Egerton University. Ambassador Liu also had a meeting with all faculty members of the Confucius Institute.

Prof. Li Yuan, the Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, gave a debriefing to the ambassador about the long history of the cooperation between Nanjing Agricultural University and Egerton University, the fruits of the "20+20 Cooperative Plan between Chinese and African Universities" and the Chinese language and cultural programs of the Confucius Institute, especially the progress of the construction of the China-Kenya Agricultural Demonstration Park and the application of the China-Kenya Molecular Laboratory for Horticultural Crops. Prof. Li expressed his deep appreciation of the Chinese Embassy’s support for the Confucius Institute’s development. He also expressed special thanks to Ambassador Liu for his visit to the Confucius Institute shortly after the ambassador taking office.

Ambassador Liu said that as the first Confucius Institute with agriculture as its characteristics, the Confucius Institute at Egerton University had launched a series of agricultural activities, including agricultural technology demonstration and extension, agricultural technology training, agricultural education and research, making positive contributions to Kenyan agricultural development and China-Kenya agricultural cooperation. He also said that the Chinese embassy in Kenya would continuously support the collaboration between the two universities and the construction of the Confucius Institute, and try to secure input into agricultural projects from the Confucius Institute Headquarters, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Agriculture, etc. In the end, Ambassador Liu wished that the Confucius Institute would play a significant role in the China-Kenya cultural exchanges, and promote the combination of the Chinese culture and the African culture. He wished the Confucius Institute a prosperous future.

Accompanying Ambassador Liu were Counselor Tian Lin and Chief of the Political Section Mr. Qian Jin. Attending the reception were the Kenya director of the Confucius Institute Dr. Joe Wolukau, agricultural expert Prof. Liu Gaoqiong, director of the China-Kenya Agricultural Demonstration Park Dr. Paul Kumurto, dean of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Charles Inyagwa and director of Crop Management, Research and Training Project Prof. Richard Mulwa.

It is learned that the China- Kenya Agricultural Technology Demonstration Park covers an area of 150 mu (25 acres), sponsored by Nanjing Agricultural University and Egerton University. The Park will be fully initiated at the end of this month, including irrigation facilities installation, land preparation and sowing of maize, wheat, beans and horticultural crops, with estimated yields doubling the local yields.

By Li Qi