Speaking in East London near the Olympic Park, President Kibaki said Kenya House will be showcasing the various investment, trade, and tourism opportunities now available to investors and visitors in the new, transformed Kenya.
The exhibition is intended to provide a platform where top officials from Kenya’s public and private sector will brief potential foreign investors as well as Kenyans in diaspora on trade, tourism and investment opportunities in Kenya.
The exhibition will also showcase Kenya’s achievements in various fields, enlighten potential investors on ready-to-invest-in projects as well as bring to the fore Kenya’s vision for the future.
President Kibaki who is on a two-fold mission of boosting the morale of the Kenyan team to the Olympics as well as leveraging on the games to woo potential investors also expressed optimism that Kenya’s team will perform well at the Olympics.
Said the President: “We expect that our celebrated athletic tradition will be demonstrated once more at the London 2012 Olympics.”
President Kibaki toured the various stands on display showcasing the country’s productive sectors among them the export stand which is intended to showcase Kenya’s exportable products and provide an opportunity for the sampling of Kenyan products including tea and coffee to potential investors.
President Kibaki also toured the tourism stand which featured consumer clinics on travel to Kenya as well as live streaming of wildebeest migration from the Masaai Mara with a view to boosting the flow of tourists into Kenya.
The President also toured the stands of the Architectural Association and the Kenya Commercial Bank as well as the Vision 2030 stand which seeks to enlighten potential investors on Kenya’s future plans as well as the road map to the status of a middle income economy.
The exhibition which has been organized jointly by the Kenya Commercial Bank and Brand Kenya is organized around a variety of themes among them the Export Day theme, the Tourism Day theme, the Cultural theme and the Sports theme, among others, which aim to bring out information on potential areas of interest to investors.
The climax of the exhibition will be Kenya Day which will coincide with the Marathon that Kenya is expected to win.
The President commended the Kenya Commercial Bank Group and the entire organising team led by Brand Kenya, for ensuring that Kenya House is a success.
The exhibition featured top chief executives in the public and private sector including Permanent Secretaries of the Ministries of Information and Communication, Roads, Environment, Planning as well as Youth and Sports.
It also featured corporate and civil service chiefs including Kenya Commercial Bank Chief Executive Martin Oduor Otieno, KenGen Chief Executive Eddy Njoroge, Joe Wanjui, Brand Kenya CEO Rosemary Kimonye and Vision 2030 CEO Kibati Mugo.
The President was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Prof. Sam Ongeri, National Planning and Development Minister Wycliffe Oparanya, Housing Minister Soita Shitanda, Trade Minister Moses Wetangula and Youth and Sports Minister Paul Otuoma.