Published On: Mon, Oct 29th, 2018

Chinese firms pledge jobs for Kenyan youths

KCETA Launching the First Corporate Social Responsibility Report of Chinese Enterprises in Kenya, highlighting Chinese Companies efforts in boosting local economic and social development

KCETA Launching the First Corporate Social Responsibility Report of Chinese Enterprises in Kenya, highlighting Chinese Companies efforts in boosting local economic and social development

from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – A CONSORTIUM of Chinese companies operating in Kenya has embarked on efforts to attract future employees by building  relationships with local youth.

The plans by the companies, under the umbrella Kenya-China Economic and Trade Association (KCETA), come ahead of the inaugural Career Fair that has started in the capital Nairobi.

The day-long fair is held with the support from the Chinese Embassy in Kenya.

Some 90 Chinese companies are showcasing their businesses and sharing available job opportunities, with the aim of finding employees with the skill set required.

Some of the companies showcasing their businesses include Power
Construction Corporation of China, China Road and Bridge Corporation, China Overseas Engineering, China Wuyi, Huawei Kenya and AVIC International.

Li Chen, Secretary of KCETA, said as a crucial player in the country, the organisation believed it was its mission to build sustainable businesses in Kenya.

This, Chen said, was only possible by employing local staff and working together with local partners.

“We want to create more job opportunities, especially to the youth who have just graduated, and for those with work experience, provide them with career opportunities, and enable them to apply the skills they learnt in school,” Chen said.

KCETA is a non-profit organization with 97 Chinese company members. It aims to explore business cooperation between Chinese and Kenyan people and enhance cultural exchanges, while actively shouldering Corporate Social Responsibilities to promote community cohesion.

Li Xuhang, in charge of the Chinese Embassy, said stakeholders must collaborate to empower the youth of Kenya.

This, he said, would empower the nation and contribute to the realization of the Big Four development agenda.

“The youth are the drivers of the Kenyan economy and it is therefore important that they attend the Career Fair and take advantage of such opportunities when presented to them,” Xuhang said.

– CAJ News

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