firms in Kenya have been exempted from a requirement which stipulates  that foreign-owned firms undertaking construction projects in the country must be at least 30 percent locally owned.

New regulations released by the National Construction Authority also allows international financiers to negotiate to undertake the works of the projects.

The exemption will be particularly welcome to China, whose state corporations have been running and funding projects in Kenya, particularly in road-building. It brings to an end any possibility of diplomatic disputes, assuring Chinese firms of business as usual in spite of Kenyan attempts to reform the construction industry.

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