State House Gives Update on Obama's Visit to Kenya

  • The State House on Wednesday issued a fresh update on former US President Barack Obama's one-day visit to Kenya that is slated for July 16.

    In a statement issued by the new State House Deputy Spokesperson Kanze Dena, the government has revealed that the large business delegation will make extensive engagements on how to deepen existing trade relations and investment as well as explore new opportunities.

    "The US delegation will be led by Under Secretary for International Trade Gil Kaplan and members of the US President's Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa," she noted.

    [caption caption="State House Deputy Spokesperson Kanze Dena"][/caption]

    The Deputy Spokesperson further revealed that senior business executives of multinational companies are expected in the country as part of the visiting delegation.

    Kanze disclosed that executives from Bechtel, Visa, IBM, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Acrow Bridge, Amethyst, Citi, GE, IBM and a host of others will accompany Obama.

    Earlier reports had indicated that legendary talk show host Oprah Winfrey and Africa's richest man, Nigerian tycoon Aliko Dangote are among the prominent personalities, businessmen, diplomats, lawyers, sportsmen and friends in Obama's delegation.

    During the visit, Obama is expected to play a round of golf with golfer John Simba while Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi and Senegalese artist and philanthropist Akon are expected to be part of the entourage.

    Others personalities expected to visit Kenya alongside Obama include NBA Africa senior director Will Mbiakop and Axel Bachmann, the general manager for sustainability at Coca-Cola.

    Obama will be in Kenya for a tightly-scheduled one day visit that will see him launch his step-sister Auma Obama's Sauti Kuu NGO in K'ogelo, Siaya County where Suzanna Owiyo will perform.

    [caption caption="Obama with step-sister Auma and grandmother Mama Sarah"][/caption]

    Other reports indicate that State House is considering giving Obama a special honour for the fame and recognition he has brought to Kenya, his paternal country of birth.