Uhuru leaves for US-Africa Summit in Washington

Sunday August 3 2014

President Uhuru Kenyatta has welcomed the South Sudan ceasefire deal. PHOTO | FILE

President Uhuru Kenyatta. The decision allows him to eat humble pie with dignity; abandoning the orchestrated histrionics against the ICC appearance, but still emerging strong, focused, law-abiding and the master of his game.  PHOTO | FILE 

By DENNIS ODUNGA
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President Uhuru Kenyatta Sunday afternoon left the country for Washington D.C. for the US-Africa Summit.

President Kenyatta’s visit will focus on strengthening ties between the US and Kenya in trade, capital investment, infrastructure, energy and security. 

The President will also attend the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit where issues on development, investing in Africa’s future, peace and Security will be discussed. 

CORPORATE COUNCIL ON AFRICA

Mr Kenyatta is scheduled to address the Corporate Council on Africa which represents some of the major multinational companies in the US including General Electric Ltd, Coca Cola and IBM.  

President Kenyatta’s delegation includes Cabinet Secretaries Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs and International Trade), Joseph Ole Lenku (Interior and Coordination of National Government), and Henry Rotich (National Treasury).

Others will be Mr Michael Kamau (Transport and Infrastructure) and Adan Mohammed (Industrialization and Enterprise Development).

“Mr Kenyatta is also expected to hold talks with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim,” according to the dispatch from State House.

Business people interested to invest in Kenya will also have an opportunity to share their proposals with the delegation at a forum convened by the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the US Chamber of Commerce.

During the meeting, the President will discuss Kenya’s mega infrastructure projects including expansion of airports, roads, commuter railway lines and construction of new ports along the coastal region.

This would present diverse opportunities for investors keen to invest in Africa.

Kenya’s delegation will also push for a seamless renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for a further 15 years, and favourable policies to boost trade.