China To Build 500 Bed Hospital

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya and China signed on Thursday 10 agreements, including 8 billion shillings for a medical university, signalling the Asian nation’s increased interest in enlarging its diplomatic and economic footprint in Africa.

China said it would fund the building of a 500-bed hospital to teach medical students at the Kenyatta University.China’s economic influence in Kenya and Africa has been on the rise with bilateral trade in the east African nation hitting 144 billion shillings in 2010.”The money will be used to construct teaching and research facilities at the school of medicine and also for equipment and capacity development,” the Presidential Press Service said in a statement.

Other grants whose amounts were not given would go towards developing small hydro and solar power projects. Other agreements will focus on health, renewable energy and education.

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