Some Chinese investors from Shandong province are visiting Kenya. On Tuesday they expressed confidence that trade between the two nations will increase. The delegation consists of almost 100 members, visiting several regions in the country. The consensus was that they were keen to import more fruits and vegetables in exchange for increased agricultural machinery and farm inputs in a bid to bridge the trade balance between the two countries.
Lv Wei, deputy director of commerce in Shandong province, said they were keen to increase their imports of aquatic and marine products that stood at 57.8 percent last year in return for agricultural products, mainly garlic.
“We attach great importance to the issue of quality and safety on imported agricultural products, which can be addressed through training and exchange programs,” Lv said during the Shandong-Nakuru economy and trade negotiations conference which was attended by over 300 investors.
She noted that in future, they will market Shandong peanuts, vegetables and fruits in Kenya in return for more Kenyan tea, coffee, avocados and nuts.