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Kenya varsity to build $98,765,432 hospital

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 NAIROBI, KENYA--Kenya and China last week moved to strengthen relations with the signing of 10 bilateral agreements on key projects in the country.
 The signing of the agreements at State House Nairobi was witnessed by President Mwai Kibaki and visiting member of the Standing Committee of the
Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Mr. Li Changchun. The first to be signed was the Framework Agreement on the provision of Concessional loan to finance the Kenyatta University Teaching, Research and Referral Hospital project.
 The 500-bed hospital will be the first fully fledged university hospital. Currently the University of Nairobi's School of Medicine utilizes the facilities of Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) while Moi University School of Medicine utilizes the facilities of Moi Referral Hospital in Eldoret.
 Mr. Changchun announced the allocation of Kshs 8 billion for the project. The money will be used to construct teaching and research facilities at the school of medicine and also for equipment and capacity development.
 Other agreements signed included a grant project of constructing solar energy, a grant project of providing anti-Malaria equipment and supplies, a grant project of dispatching an investigation team to conduct a feasibility study on the project of constructing a small hydropower station, among others.
 Speaking during the signing ceremony, Mr Changchun hailed President Kibaki saying "he has transformed Kenya through his visionary leadership that has seen the country make great strides in economic development".
 "China will continue to be a dependable partner to Kenya. The relations have been boosted to higher levels due to President Kibaki's pragmatic leadership that greatly values the people and Government of China," Mr. Changchun said.
 He added: "Today Kenya is the largest beneficiary of Chinese aid and concessional loans. We intend to deepen the relations further. China also hails President Kibaki for his priority goal of national stability, reconciliation and poverty alleviation."
 On his part, President Kibaki said the 10 bilateral agreements reaffirm the strong bonds of friendship that exist between the two countries. The President thanked the Chinese Government for the assistance it has continued to extend to the people of Kenya in many fields including education, infrastructure, agriculture, tourism and trade.
 President Kibaki also appreciated the Chinese Government's assistance in infrastructural projects, terming it the most ambitious infrastructure expansion plan in Kenya's
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