Kenya to deepen ties with US

June 18, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 18 – The Kenyan government is committed to deepening its relations with the people and government of the United States of America, President Mwai Kibaki has said.

Speaking in an interview that will be used on a promotional video of Kenya in the US, President Kibaki said Kenyans were proud of American President Barrack Obama who traces his roots to Kenya.

“We see this special connection as a unique opportunity for us to strengthen the ties of friendship between the people of our two countries,” President Kibaki said.

On reforms, the President said his government was currently in the process of entrenching reforms in the country, top among them being the constitutional review process.

Expressing confidence that direct air links between Kenya and the US will boost relations, the President welcomed American investors and tourists to Kenya.

The Head of State pointed out that the government views the constitutional review process as a unique opportunity to come up with a document that reflects the nation’s modern day challenges and opportunities.

Said President Kibaki: “The process has begun and I am confident that we will have a new constitution in the coming months.”

President Kibaki said his government had also unveiled the country’s national development blueprint Vision 2030 that is geared towards transforming Kenya into a medium income country within the next 20 years.

“Under this plan we envision a nation with a vibrant economy with its citizens at peace and enjoying high standards of living. We envision a politically stable nation where democracy is entrenched with its citizens enjoying social equity,” the Head of State said.

The President said the government was undertaking reforms because of the great faith it has in its people, adding that Kenya is endowed with competent and talented human resource to support any form of investment in the country.

President Kibaki observed that Kenya is also the preferred investment destination due to its strategic location as the gateway to both the East African Community and the COMESA region.


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