House Deputy Speakers host the Vice-Chairman, National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China.
The Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Moses Cheboi, and his Senate counterpart Professor Kithure Kindiki, last Friday hosted the Vice Chairman of the National People's Congress (NPC) of the People's Republic of China, H. E. Mr. Cao Jianming, at Parliament Buildings where they held separate bilateral talks touching on parliamentary cooperation between the two countries.
Top among the issues of interest that came up from the Kenyan side include trade imbalance and the existing trade agreements between the two nations. Kenya also took the opportunity to lobby for China’s support in her bid for a non-permanent membership slot in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the year 2021-2022, with the two Speakers citing the important role that Kenya has played in the region to ensure stability in countries like Somalia and South Sudan. China is among the five permanent members of the UN Security Council.
On their part, the Chinese delegation assured their Kenyan counterparts of their commitment to putting measures in place to allow more of Kenya's agricultural products to access the Chinese market. In regards to support for Kenya’s Membership at the United Nations Security Council, Vice-chairman Jianming undertook that China would make a serious consideration, noting that Kenya is an important ally within the region and indeed the continent.
"We will seriously look into the matter in consultation with the president”, he promised.
During the talks, Hon. Cheboi was accompanied by the Leader of the Majority Party, Hon. Aden Duale, the Chairperson, National Assembly Committee on Defense and Foreign Relations, Hon. Katoo Ole Metito, Hon. Jeremiah Kioni, Hon. Shakeel Shabir and Hon. Richard Tongi. The delegation from the Senate accompanying the Deputy Speaker comprised of the Deputy Leader of Majority Party, Sen. Fatuma Dullo, Sen. Lelegwe Ltumbesi, Sen. Judy Pareno, Sen. Reubenson Kibiru and Sen. Ledama Olekina.
Kenya and China have in recent years heightened Parliamentary Diplomacy that has seen two consecutive Chairpersons of the National People’s Congress make official visits to the Parliament of Kenya. A memorandum of understanding on cooperation between the two legislatures was also signed in 2016 when the Kenyan Parliament played host to the Chinese top Legislator, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, H.E. Zhang Dejiang . This visit, was a reciprocal one, as the Chinese Legislature had hosted the Speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Justin Muturi, who in May 2015, led a delegation from the Parliament of Kenya in visiting the Far East Asian Nation.
Vice Chairman Jianming who is the equivalent of the deputy speaker at the NPC in China was in the country on a three day official visit. He later met President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday at State House, Nairobi.