, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 15 – Bob Collymore, the Chief Executive Officer of Kenya’s largest telco, Safaricom, is excited about US President Barack Obama’s visit to the country for the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
Collymore feels that Obama’s attendance at the summit is important in that it will highlight the country’s entrepreneurship potential for the world to see.
“Local investors finally have an opportunity where the whole world is looking at them. It is now their time to prove to the world that they have a lot to offer,” Collymore states.
He emphasises that the country has a lot to offer if projects such as Ushahidi’s BRCK, is anything to go by.
“Kenyan ideas are very relevant to the world. There are local investors and inventors who are solving global problems, hence President Obama’s attendance at the summit can be used to our advantage,” Collymore states.
He also says that investors in the country should not worry much about competition from US investors who will be attending the summit.
“The summit is about bringing forth players from around the world to reason and network with local investors. Therefore, our investors should come out in big numbers,” he explains.
Even though the company he heads is a pioneer in the technology space in the country, Collymore invites investors into the country saying that this will foster development.
“Kenyan investors should therefore put their best foot forward and represent the country well as the world will be watching. Let us not have mediocre projects,” he concludes.