, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 25 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and visiting US President Barack Obama have lauded Africa’s fast rising star and called on world leaders to visit and explore investment opportunities.
Speaking during the opening of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, President Kenyatta urged his US counterpart to share experiences and help change the narrative about Kenya and Africa.
“When you go home and as you travel around the world, tell those whom you meet about what you have seen in Kenya. Share your experiences and let them know that Africa is open and ready for business,” President Kenyatta said
He added; “As large parts of the world age, Africa grows younger by the day. The youthful sons and daughters of Africa are our incredible resource. They are reaching for a new future in which their innovation and curiosity will transform the world. Kenya typifies this change.”
President Kenyatta said Kenya and Africa seek a relationship with the rest of the world that must be premised on mutual benefit, where the continent’s people and resources are leveraged to secure the growth of the region’s economies.
On his part, President Obama urged world investors against being distracted by some of the stereotypes being fronted about Africa, come and invest and partner.
He said his trip to Kenya is recognition of the country’s emergence as East Africa’s largest economy.
“I wanted to be here because Africa is on the move. Africa is one of the fastest growing regions in the world, people are being lifted out of poverty, incomes are up and young people are harnessing technology to change how Africa is doing business and that creates incredible opportunities for the Africa and the world. It mean more growth and trade that creates job in our countries”
The visiting US President appealed to more global leaders to visit Kenya and see the development that the nation has made so far.
“Africa needs to be the hub for the world, not just Africa. It’s not just me who sees the promise of Africa. I believe Kenya has the drive to change the world. I am looking forward to partnering with you,” President Obama stated.