Kenyatta, Kerry discuss Obama visit


Kenyatta and Kerry


President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday held a meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at State House Entebbe.

Kerry who is in East Africa was visiting Kenya before heading to the war-torn Somalia.

Kenyatta and Kerry discussed investment, security and President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Kenya.

President Barack Obama is making his first trip to his father’s native Kenya as president in July 2015, the White House announced in March.

Obama will travel to Kenya in July for bilateral meetings and the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, an annual conference that connects entrepreneurs with business leaders, international organizations, and governments.

“His trip will build on the success of the August 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and continue our efforts to work with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Kenya, to accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions, and improve security,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

This will be the President’s fourth trip to Sub-Saharan Africa following the trip was in December 2013 for the funeral of Nelson Mandela.

Trade and terrorism

“We discussed the ease of doing business in Kenya and the opportunities for American firms,” Kenyatta said afterwards.

“My Government wants to see more U.S. companies investing in Kenya especially in the areas of ICT and innovation, energy, infrastructure and healthcare.”

He said there were massive opportunities for investment in green energy with Kenya having the capacity to provide half of Africa’s geothermal energy needs.

“We want to build an entrepreneurial spirit and want to bring prosperity to our people.”

To do this, Uhuru continued, we are ready to partner with Americans to invest in our country to create more wealth and jobs.

“We discussed the threat of terrorism and how the United States can support Kenya. Kenya needs support in terms of training, equipment and surveillance.”

He said his Government needs to work more closely with the U.S. to control financing of terrorism.

The two leaders also discussed the efforts to end the stalemate in South Sudan and stabilise Somalia. Secretary Kerry praised Kenyatta on US initiatives in ending the stalemate in South Sudan and spoke on efforts the US government was undertaking to support Somalia.

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