Kenya Cultural Centre has hosted the 2022 Chinese Film Festival Opening Ceremony in Nairobi.
The new Cabinet Secretary for Youth Affairs, Sports and Arts Cabinet, Secretary Ababu Namwamba, highlighted the role the film industry plays in strengthening people-to-people relations between Kenya and China.
Michael Pundo, who represented Namwamba in a speech disclosed this information during the opening of the Chinese Film Festival 2022 in Nairobi, attended by top dignitaries and other participants.
He noted that Kenya and China have strong bilateral relations which are underpinned by strong pillars such as cooperation and exchanges in the film industry.
“With the continuous advancement of the Belt and Road initiative, he said, Kenya-China bilateral ties have become more in-depth, with strong people-to-people exchanges.
“The film festival is, therefore, a platform for filmmakers from the two countries to exchange ideas and enhance the viewership of Chinese films by the Kenyan audience.
“I appreciate the collaboration between Kenya and China, our collaboration to host this festival reinforces Kenya’s commitment to improve cultural and artistic exchanges in various forms, and promote outstanding cultural and artistic products,” he said.
In the same vein, the Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Dr Zhou Pingjian also extolled the collaboration between Kenya and China in the Film industry sector, saying it will play an important role in people-to-people exchanges and culture.