Kenya to lobby for direct US flights during Obama visit

July 21, 2015
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President Kenyatta says that he is hopeful that the pending issues will be resolved so that direct flights can begin/AFP-File
President Kenyatta says that he is hopeful that the pending issues will be resolved so that direct flights can begin/AFP-File
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 21 – Commencement of direct flights from the United States is one of the key agendas Kenya will be pushing during the visit by President Barack Obama visit this weekend.

President Uhuru Kenyatta told a news conference at State House Tuesday direct flights will go a long way towards easing international business, promoting exports, enhancing movement of business people and tourists in both countries.

President Kenyatta says that he is hopeful that the pending issues will be resolved so that direct flights can begin.

“We have been working very strongly with and in close collaboration with relevant US authorities and we are very keen and hopeful that some of the few pending issues that remain outstanding will be resolved so that we can get the category one status that is necessary for us to be able to have direct flights between Kenya and the US,” he said.

Insecurity is one of the key challenges that has seen the US Federal Aviation Administration deny Kenya the status.

Kenya has been re-modelling the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to meet international standards so as to attract more flights directly into Nairobi to boost the tourism industry.

About 1,400 delegates will be attending the Global Entrepreneurship Summit; half of the delegates are from Africa while a fifth of them are Kenyans.

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President Kenyatta says the summit will promote the entrepreneurial spirit in the country and increase investments from the United States and other African countries as well as promoting tourism.

“As Kenyans, we have the opportunity to learn from the experience and expertise of some of the world’s top business development experts and leaders, and to share with them our own achievements and success stories.”

“As entrepreneurs, we will have the chance to meet them in sessions, to pitch our ideas and to grow the scale and impact of our enterprises. Investors will find opportunities for decent returns in some of the world’s most cutting-edge, innovative and responsive solutions to shared challenges,” he said.

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