Africa no longer looks for aid, Uhuru says as U.S. trip ends


Africa no longer looks for aid, Uhuru says as U.S. trip ends
President Uhuru Kenyatta and US President Donald Trump flanked by First Lady Melania Trump after their meeting. PHOTO/PSCU

In Summary

  • The President spoke shortly before he departed Washington DC on Monday evening.
  • He met business executives from leading US companies where he witnessed signing of investment deals worth USD 238 million (Ksh.23.9billion).
  • President Kenyatta termed his meeting with President Trump a big success, saying it cemented the relationship between Kenya and the U.S.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has wrapped up his official visit to the U.S. with a message that Africa is open to mutually beneficial trade and investments with the world.

Also ReadTrump tweets about Uhuru Kenyatta after White House meeting

Speaking to the BBC after his meeting with President Donald Trump,President Kenyatta observed that Africa has come of age and does not look to the world for aid.

“There has been dramatic change across the African continent where people are beginning to get a better understanding of themselves, who they are and where they want to be,” President Uhuru Kenyatta said.

The Head of State added: “And we are looking at how we can partner with countries across the globe in partnerships that are not patronising but those that are anchored on a win-win positions.”

The President spoke shortly before he departed Washington DC on Monday evening after a busy day that saw him hold bilateral talks with President Donald Trump.

He also met business executives from leading US companies where he witnessed signing of investment deals worth USD 238 million (Ksh.23.9billion) signed between Kenyan and US companies.

President Kenyatta termed his meeting with President Trump a big success, saying it cemented a relationship that was already strong between Kenya and the US.

“The meeting with President Trump was fruitful. We discussed security, especially the fight against terrorism. We also discussed how to increase trade and investments between our two countries and how US companies can help create jobs for our youth,” President Uhuru Kenyatta concluded.

The US visit by President Kenyatta is a major boost for his administration’s Big 4 development agenda especially since it comes just weeks before the much anticipated direct flights between Nairobi and the US.

President Kenyatta was accompanied to the US by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta as well as Cabinet Secretaries Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs) and Henry Rotich (National Treasury) among other senior ranking government officials.

For Citizen TV updates
Join @citizentvke Telegram channel



Video Of The Day: On Viusasa, now you can download your videos and play them back later

Story By PSCU
More by this author