Former United States of America President, Bill Clinton, visited Kenya this week.
On Wednesday, Matt McKenna, a spokesman for Clinton said a chartered plane carrying him had to land unexpectedly after one of its engines developed a problem during a flight over Tanzania.
Clinton was in Tanzania as part of a wider tour of projects run by the family foundation.
He later visited Kenya and was received by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.
The leaders discussed President Clinton’s projects in Kenya which are centred on agriculture and promoting small enterprises, while conserving the environment.
“We also discussed the Clinton Education Initiative, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI),” Uhuru says in a statement.
“At my request, President Clinton pledged to initiate a pilot project for small scale farmers on environmental conservation. I look forward to the project reaching 20,000 farmers in two years,” Uhuru added.
Clinton will then be heading to Liberia and Morocco, according to the Clinton Foundation.
US, Kenya business ties
Also this week, Kenyatta made a live video address to the Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles in California, the United States.
He urged American businesses to ignore untruths about Africa and invest in the continent.
Africa is a place of diverse countries and peoples, with considerable opportunities for trade and investment, he said while inviting them to engage the team of Kenyan Government officials and private sector representatives at the conference and see how we can work together.
“This conference is a superb opportunity to replace the older, darker view with a more accurate picture on Africa.”
Kenya has made substantial investments in infrastructure – the Mombasa port is being expanded, a new standard-gauge railway running from Mombasa to Uganda is being built and a new port in Lamu is under construction.
“We are the gateway to Africa; its ninth-largest economy; and the heart of a community of 150 million people. We aim to make the most of these advantages. Kenya is keen to form partnerships in ICT, agriculture, energy, financial services and manufacturing.”
Though Kenya has the best Internet connectivity in Africa, more could be done from the experience of others, he said, adding that there is potential for partnerships in energy, especially because Kenya has perhaps half of Africa’s potential geothermal power.
“Africa is the second-fastest growing continent as demographics and technological shifts have clearly shown and we will soon have about one billion young Africans of working age and over 100 cities of at least a million people each.”
“Africa has adopted technology that has eased old challenges. There are as many as one and a half times as many mobile-phone users in Africa as in the US.”
With Africa’s economic management better and political and economic risk ratings in line with the BRICs, the importance of economic and political stability cannot be under-rated, Kenyatta added.