, LONDON, Aug 1 – President Mwai Kibaki has urged UK investors and tourists to venture into the fast growing Kenyan market.
Speaking during a gala dinner he hosted jointly with The Lord Mayor of the City of London, RT. Hon. Alderman David Wooton, at the end of the Kenya Investment Conference at Mansion House, London, on Tuesday, President Kibaki said Kenya’s economy was growing impressively and invited UK investors to be part of country’s success.
“Since the year 2003, Kenya’s economy has been on an impressive growth path. The past decade has been one of the most prosperous periods our country has ever enjoyed. We are therefore inviting you to be part of our success through investment, trade and tourism,” said President Kibaki.
The President thanked investors for availing themselves to receive firsthand information on the wide range of investment opportunities available in Kenya during the Investment Conference that was held during the day adding that he looked forward to increased investments in Kenya as a result of the Conference.
Said the President: “It is our hope that you now have sufficient information to enable your respective boards and senior management make decisions in favor of investing in our country.”
President Kibaki also assured investors of a smooth leadership transition after the general election that will be held next year.
“Kenya is due to hold its next General Election early next year. I would like to assure all investors that there will be a smooth handover of power to the next Government,” said President Kibaki.
The President expressed his gratitude to The Lord Mayor of the City of London, Rt. Hon. Alderman, as well as the Director-General of the Commonwealth Business Council, Peter Longworth, for their support in arranging the Kenya Investment Conference.
On his part, the Mayor of London said the Investment Conference held during the day had enlightened UK investors on opportunities available in the Kenyan market and expressed confidence that this would increase UK investments in Kenya.
The Mayor further said he looked forward to the successful conclusion of negotiations between TheCityUK, the independent body promoting UK-wide financial and related professional services, and the Capital Markets Authority of Kenya, in support of Nairobi’s plans to develop as an International Financial Centre.
Said the Mayor: “I am delighted by this important milestone in the partnership between the TheCityUK and our partners in Kenya. Developing Nairobi’s capacity as a financial service centre will mean it is well placed to support the creation of jobs and growth for the people of Kenya and across East Africa.”
Partaking of the dinner was the entire Kenyan delegation comprising Ministers Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Minister Prof. Sam Ongeri, Finance Minister Njeru Githae, Minister for Planning, national Development and Vision 2030, Wycliffe Oparanya, among others senior chief executives of public and private sector.