KENYA: Nairobi Spruces Up for Obama Visit

NAIROBI JULY 21, 2015(CISA)-The capital city Nairobi is getting ready for the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) that will be attended by among others US president Barack Obama.

Obama is expected in the country on Friday July 24 with a huge delegation of entrepreneurs who will pursue investment opportunities during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).

The GES summit is organized annually since 2009 and has emerged as a global platform connecting emerging entrepreneurs with leaders from businesses, international organizations and governments looking to support them.

For the past month, Nairobi has undergone a face lift that has seen potholes on major roads filled and flower beds spruced up along the main highway from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to the city centre.

According to President Uhuru Kenyatta the visit will enable him and president Obama discuss a range of issues including war on terror and investment opportunities.

“There cannot be trade; there cannot be entrepreneurship if we do not have a secure environment. So it is important that we are able to ensure that we can guarantee security for all in order to be able to focus on the issue of trade,” he said.

“The fight against terror will be central, we have been working in very close collaboration with American agencies in our fight against terrorism and I am certain that this is an agenda that we shall further strengthen during this particular meeting…,”said  President Kenyatta during his address to journalists at State House.

Details so far released indicate that President Obama will officiate the opening of the GES, hold bilateral talks with his host President Kenyatta, visit the 1998 US Embassy memorial site at the heart of the capital Nairobi and  hold talks with the opposition leaders as well as members of the civil society.

The UN and the Government of Kenya have already warned of major traffic disruption in the city during the three-day visit by President Obama (July 24- 26).

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