China saw substantial growth in transport vehicle exports to Africa in the first six months of 2017 thanks to a recovery in terms of trade with the continent, the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.
Gao Feng, the Ministry’s spokesman, revealed during today’s press conference that the sales volumes of vessels and locomotives, as well as aviation and aerospace equipment to Africa increased by 200 percent, 161 percent and 252 percent respectively year on year in H1, reported China News Service.
According to Gao, overall trade between China and Africa increased by 19 percent, which ended the negative growth trends seen since 2015.
The most eye-catching China-built project in Africa during the first half of the year was the 472-kilometre-long Mombasa-Nairobi Railway, which started running in May. The train line represents Kenya’s first railway and largest infrastructure project since its independence in 1963.
Trade between China and Africa increased by 700 percent during the 1990s and China is currently the continent’s largest trading partner.