29 October 2018

Kenya: Chinese Companies Entice Kenyan Youth With 'Hundreds of Local Jobs'

A consortium of Chinese companies operating in Kenya is set for the inaugural career fair day at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, today.

In an effort to attract future employees and build relationships with the Kenyan youth, Chinese companies with support from the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, have organized a day-long career fair event.

Under the umbrella Kenya-China Economic & Trade Association (KCETA), the Career Fair set for today, October 29, 2018, will attract some 90 Chinese companies in Kenya who will showcase their businesses and share available job opportunities.

The fair aims at finding employees with the skill set required.

Speaking at the announcement of the Career Fair, KCETA Secretary Emily Li Chen said, "As a crucial player in the country, we believe that it is our mission to build sustainable businesses in Kenya. This is only possible by employing local staff and working together with our 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."

Some of the leading companies expected to showcase their businesses include Power Construction Corporation of China, China Road and Bridge Corporation, China Overseas Engineering, China WuYi, Huawei Kenya and AVIC International.

"It is our strong belief that in order to collaborate effectively, we need to empower the youth of Kenya. By doing so, we are empowering the nation and making contributions 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," commented Li Xuhang, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy, when urging local youth to attend the career fair.

Cabinet Secretaries for Education Dr Amina Mohamed, Foreign Affairs' Monica Juma and Labour's Ukur Yattani are among those expected at the fair.

The Chinese Embassy in Kenya Charge d'Affairs Li Xuhang and the Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Kenya Guo Ce, as well as CEOs and HR Directors of local Chinese Companies, are also among those invited to the event.

Hundreds of posts will be provided by Chinese Companies from various industries. They will set up booths on site to make detailed presentations about their companies, what they are doing in Kenya, and what job opportunities they have available.

The CEOs and HR Directors of these companies will also conduct on-site interviews for job seekers to help boost local employment.

KCETA is a non-profit organization with 97 Chinese company members.

The Association aims to explore business cooperation between Chinese and Kenyan people and enhance cultural exchanges, while actively shouldering Corporate Social Responsibilities to promote community cohesion.

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