INFRASTRUCTURE

Africa prefers Chinese infrastructure projects - IREN study

Chinese state owned companies have changed the country significantly.

In Summary

•China is favoured as it delivers on  – physical infrastructure, speedy results and non-interference in internal political affairs .

•“Chinese state-owned companies have significantly changed the terrain of the continent with rails, roads, bridges, ports, dams, and skyscrapers,” researchers further noted.

Passengers at the Nairobi terminus heading to board the SGR train to Mombasa.
Passengers at the Nairobi terminus heading to board the SGR train to Mombasa.
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A report by development institution, Inter Region Economic Network , has revealed why Kenya and other African countries prefer Chinese infrastructure projects. 

"China holds a substantial lead over the EU concerning perceptions about decision-making and timely completion of projects in Africa, "' the report stated.

According to the report, China beats European countries in building projects such as roads, power dams, railways and bridges while Europe dominates the abstract like soft power exchanges, high quality standards and climate change consciousness.

The survey’s findings are based on responses in the last quarter of 2021 from more than 1,000 policymakers from 25 African countries who monitor the tight competition between the European Union and China in Africa.

Participants take part in the Nairobi City marathon dubbed the Uhuru Classic done along the Expressway on May 8, 2022. The Marathon flagged off at Nyayo Stadium witnessed thousands of participants racing for fun in the in the 5 and 10 kilometer race as well as elite athletes competing in the 21 and 42 kilometer respectively.
Participants take part in the Nairobi City marathon dubbed the Uhuru Classic done along the Expressway on May 8, 2022. The Marathon flagged off at Nyayo Stadium witnessed thousands of participants racing for fun in the in the 5 and 10 kilometer race as well as elite athletes competing in the 21 and 42 kilometer respectively.
Image: ENOS TECHE

China scores much higher than the EU in approval ratings since it delivers on  – physical infrastructure, speedy results and non-interference in internal political affairs .

“China is headed towards closing the gap with the EU on most of the aspects of its engagement with Africa, including where the EU traditionally presumed to have commanded an unassailable lead,” said the study.

According to the survey, participants rate China highly for quick decision-making, with an approval of 75.2 per cent; approval for the European Union was at 55.8 per cent.

“With organised military precision, China is known for speed and reliability,” researchers noted.

“Chinese state-owned companies have significantly changed the terrain of the continent with rails, roads, bridges, ports, dams, and skyscrapers,” researchers further noted.

In Kenya, China has been credited with constructing the Nairobi Expressway, Thika Super Highway and Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).

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