AVIC International, a global diversified holding business group affiliated with Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), has launched the third edition of the Africa Tech Challenge dubbed “Made in Kenya” which brought together students from Zambia, Uganda, Ghana and Kenya who will compete to come up with the most innovations.
Speaking during the award ceremony, DP William Ruto reiterated the government’s commitment in rising the standards of technical training Institutes in Kenya and lauded the corporate social responsibility of AVIC in youth empowerment projects aimed at upgrading technical skills of African students.
(TOP: DP William Ruto joins students in celebrating the Award of Scholarships from AVIC International).
“As a country, we have made tremendous steps in trying to integrate technical education to be in line with our overall education goals. I wish to urge the relevant stakeholders to continue putting in more efforts in appreciating the role that these people play in the economic development of our country”, Ruto said.
On his part, the Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Dr Liu Xianfa affirmed his country’s continued support for technical education indicating that over the last three years, China has been at the forefront in stimulating economic growth through expertise development.
“Through the Africa Technical Challenge, we have been upgrading the practical skills of African students pursuing technical courses in Africa to meet the needs of the continent in its growth and industrialization. Kenya and Africa as a whole presents a very good opportunity for us to exploit the potential of these two countries and we are always happy to be part of this journey,” Dr Liu Xianfa said.
The event also saw over 100 students from East Africa get awarded with scholarships to study in China while the winners of the last competition were awarded with monetary prizes. At the same time, 2 schools namely Rift Valley Technical Training Institute and Kenya Technical Training Institute were awarded with contracts worth Kshs 5 million each to manufacture spare parts for export to China.
AVIC International Holding Corporation (Avic International) is affiliated with Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC). The business involves aviation, international trade, electronic manufacturing, retail, property operation and management and hotel management among others. The corporation owns 8 domestic and foreign listed companies, and has established over 160 branches in more than 60 countries, with clients spread in over 180 countries and regions. In 2015, the global sales revenue was US $20.47 billion.