56 Kenyans certified to make spare parts for sale in China
A group of Kenyan machinists has been certified to supply machinery to china.
The 56 people were part of a group of youths from four countries who participated in the three-week Africa Tech Challenge in Nairobi.
They received their certificates at the Technical University of Kenya on Saturday alongside four participants each from Uganda, Zambia, and Ghana.
TU-K vice chancellor Prof. Francis Aduol urged the trainees to use their skills. "Stop saying agriculture is the main source of livelihood while people are starving. Things will change when we make good use of the machines;" he said on Saturday.
Next month, the trainees will receive scholarships for Masters Degrees at Beihang University in China.
They will also land contracts to produce and export raw materials to Chinese companies as well as cash prizes.
Civil engineering firm Avic International Holding Corporation chief representative Su Tianshu said that the company will partner with the government to create 5,000 jobs by 2019.
Avic will set up its headquarters in Nairobi Ugandan Education commissi6ner Loy Muhwezi said developing countries need support.
"l not only view the training as a competition, but also as a skill acquiring platform" she said.
Muhwezi said the training should be spread throughout East Africa. The Africa Tech Challenge was first held in 2014 as part of Avic’s corporate social responsibility.
In 2015, the ATC took place at Shamberere Technical Training Institute in Kakamega. Winners from the 2015 competition were awarded scholarships. They will learn how to manufacture spare parts for earth movers. The first consignment was exported to China early this year.
- courtesy of The Star Newspaper