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CIMU Attended the Launch of New Production Line at Rivatex, and This Time Kenyan President Came Too

Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, on 21st June 2019 delivered a speech during the ribbon cutting ceremony for a modern and computer assembly line at Rivatex in Eldoret, Kenya, Also present at the ceremony were government officials such as Vice President William Ruto, Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago many members of Parliament, Rivatex management, all workers, and representatives of Moi University. All the teachers and student representatives of CIMU were also invited to participate in this grand ribbon-cutting event.
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The president's speech
At about 14:00, military band played a warm welcome match, the president, Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto, and others walked into the venue. All the people stood up, applauded loudly. In a speech that followed, president Kenyatta delivered the keynote address, entitled “Driving the Big Four Agenda”. He pointed out that the Rivatex modernization project was expected to create more than 3,000 direct jobs and tens of thousands of indirect jobs under its four agendas. It would contribute greatly to the improvement of the manufacturing and economic development of Eldoret and the whole country.

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CIMU performance
Before the official opening, the Confucius Institute performance, public teacher Zhou Lei, at the invitation of the host, took the stage and introduced the Confucius Institute at Moi University to the audience. He started from two questions: "Who are we and what do we do in Kenya ". In his speech, CIMU Founded in 2015, aimed to promote the cultivation of young talents and enhance friendship between the two countries by teaching Chinese. Zhou said we had helped more than 40 outstanding Kenyan students to apply for scholarships to study in China. Every year, the Confucius Institute also organized Summer Camp Selection and provided free transportation for outstanding talents to visit and travel in China. In the coming month of August, 20 more students would embark on this wonderful cultural experience. Hearing this, the audience gave warm applause.

Then, Yang Yang, the volunteer teacher representative of CIMU, dressed in a Kenyan style dress, and Ma run, the student representative, dressed in a traditional Chinese Cheongsam, joined the stage to sing an extremely difficult Chinese song, "riding a white horse". Their touching voice amazed the audience.


CIMU preparations
In order to welcome the president, teachers at the Institute began early to prepare and clean the office. After two weeks of overtime work, the institute was transformed inside and outside. The creative photo wall showed the varied activities of the Confucius Institute as well as the wonderful moments of volunteers’ life in Kenya. At the door of the exhibition cabinet displayed a mask, folding fan and other Chinese cultural stuff. On the left side, more than 10 sets of ancient Chinese traditional clothing were displayed. All these made CIMU changed to a clean, warm and fancy place.

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Future prospect
On March 30th, 2015, Confucius Institute at Moi University featuring textile industry technology and apparel design was inaugurated. We have been tasked with teaching Chinese language and culture since the inception. At the same time, we also undertake the task of building the cultural exchange platform of China-Africa textile and garment industry.
CIMU has so far organized a series of events such as the China-Africa International Textile and Garment Forum, the China-Africa Textile Expo and the China-Africa clothing exchange day and has carried out extensive cooperation with the Moi University, boosting textile production capacity cooperation. We also do a lot of work to train practical technical talents for local and integrate them into local economic and social development.
In the future, CIMU will continue to develop with its own characteristics and try to build a bridge of cooperation between China and Kenya in textile and garment industry.

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