Global Entrepreneurship Summit – Kenya(GES 2015)

Global Entrepreneurship Summit – Kenya(GES 2015)

Obama GES-2015Billionaire businessmen, venture capitalists, philanthropists and global corporations are in Kenya shopping for talent, market and opportunities as the biggest economy in East Africa hosts the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which will be addressed by US President Barack Obama this weekend.

The visit of the global business moguls has buoyed the business community in Kenya about the prospects of the GES 2015, which they are banking on to showcase the country as a great business destination with an abundance of young innovators. The chairman of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Kiprono Kittony, the vice chairperson of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance Laila Macharia, and Lee Karuri a businessman in Kenya were optimistic about the Obama visit; the presence of “potential partners”, and the global spotlight that will be on Kenya for the three days that Obama will be in the country.

“We are selling a young democracy, with a robust young talented population and a pro-business government,” noted Kittony in a live TV interview on the sidelines of the pre-GES2015 events in Nairobi on Monday. The Kenyan business leaders dwelt on Kenya’s strategic location in East Africa and on the Indian Ocean corridor as a great selling point for foreign investors.

US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec also said the conference was a “great opportunity” to link Kenya’s talented tech-savvy youths with venture capitalists, entrepreneurs with the market and corporates with partners in Kenya.

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