American chamber picks new Kenya head

November 16, 2009
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, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 16 – The American Chamber of Commerce Kenya has elected Bill Lay as its President, to replace Dr Nelson Githinji who was recently appointed as State House Comptroller.

Mr Lay, who is the Managing Director for General Motors East Africa Limited – has promised to continue with the organisation’s objectives some of which include the recently launched Parliamentary Reform Caucus (PRC).

The PRC was mooted to initiate an open dialogue between business leaders and parliamentarians regarding how to encourage activities that promote the economic development of Kenya and the achievement of key reforms.

Issues under discussion include how to improve the business environment to encourage development and investments in Kenya. The business leaders and MPs agreed that constitutional reform and good governance are critical if Kenya is to grow as an international business destination.

Other issues that featured prominently were land reforms, the equitable distribution of resources, and the passage of key pro-investment legislation such as the Anti-Money Laundering Bill.

The American Chamber of Commerce of Kenya is a non-profit organisation founded in 2005 by American investors in Kenya, with membership open to American companies, multinationals, and local companies having strong business ties with the United States. It is one of over 90 such organizations globally.

During the recent elections, Joyce-Ann Wainaina, Director, Global Transactions Services East Africa – CITI was elected the Vice President and Benjamin Musau, Senior Partner at B M Musau & Co., Advocates becomes Secretary.

Deo Onyango, Commercial Development Manager, GE Corporate will head the Finance and Administration committee, Louis Otieno, Managing Director, Microsoft East Africa Ltd will chair the Audit committees.

AON Minet Managing Director Joe Onsando will chair the Advocacy committee and Stavros Spyropoulos, Regional Manager East & Southern Africa, EATON Electric and Rick Davies, Director ACCK, will chair the Membership Development and Social committees respectively.

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