U.S. delegation in Kenya for talks ahead of Obama visit


US Undersecretary of Commerce Gilbert Kaplan, American envoy Ambassador Bob Godec with business leaders in ...
US Undersecretary of Commerce Gilbert Kaplan, American envoy Ambassador Bob Godec with business leaders in Kenya. Photo/COURTESY

In Summary

  • Kenya Airways is expected to begin direct flights to New York on October 28.
  • State House Deputy Spokesperson Kanze Dena had indicated that the American businessmen would be in Kenya to strengthen relations with Kenya.
  • On Wednesday, Kenya Airways indicated that the talks at their headquarters would focus on trade opportunities between the two countries.

A team of 60 businessmen from the the United States has arrived in Kenya for a three-day visit.

According to the U.S. embassy in Kenya, the delegation is currently at the Kenya Airways headquarters in Nairobi.

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“Gil Kaplan will be leading a 60 person delegation consisting of the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa, senior U.S. Govt officials and business executives to Kenya for trade engagements from today (Wednesday) to Friday June 30,” the embassy said on Twitter.

Kenya Airways is expected to begin direct flights to the U.S. in October this year.

State House Deputy Spokesperson Kanze Dena had indicated that the American businessmen would be in Kenya to strengthen ties.

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On Wednesday, Kenya Airways hosted the team for a business luncheon and indicated that discussions would focus on trade opportunities between the two countries.

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec was also present at the meeting.

The 60 Americans include the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PACDBIA) as well as senior government officials and business executives.

Former President Barack Obama is also expected in the country on July 16.

His one-day visit will see him head to his hometown of K’Ogelo before proceeding to South Africa where he will give a speech in honour of the late Nelson Mandela.

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