By Ronald Njoroge and Christine Lagat
NAIROBI, May 7 (Xinhua) -- Kenya is set to open a new era of cooperation with China when Premier Li Keqiang visits the country on Friday, a senior government official said Tuesday.
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho lauded China's contribution to socio-economic development in Kenya, which he said is set to expand during the visit.
"China is a rapidly growing economy and as a country we have identified where our priorities are by involving strategic partners like China to develop infrastructure, industries and commerce," Kibicho told Xinhua in an exclusive interview in Nairobi.
He said the two countries are set to sign a series of bilateral agreements during Chinese premier's visit which kicks off on Friday, and areas to be focused include the health, trade and infrastructure sectors.
"The agreements will signify to the world that Kenya and China mean business," Kibicho said. Statistics shows bilateral trade volume between the two countries grew from 137 million U.S. dollars in 2000 to 3.27 billion dollars in 2013.