Obama to visit Kenya in July for entrepreneurship summit

U.S. President Barack Obama, whose father hailed from Kenya, will visit the country in July for the first time as president.

NAIROBI, KENYA (MARCH 30, 2015) (KENYA PRESIDENTIAL PRESS UNIT) – U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Kenya in July for the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, his fourth trip to sub-Saharan Africa during his presidency, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec said on Monday (March 30).

The Kenyan Government has agreed to co-host the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in early July.

“President Obama will travel to Kenya in July where he will hold bilateral meetings and will participate in the global entrepreneurship summit and his visit will build on the success of August 2014 U.S. Africa leaders summit and will continue our efforts to work with countries in Sub-Saharan Africa including Kenya, to accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions and improve security. This will be the fourth visit by President Obama to Sub-Saharan Africa during his presidency,” said Godec from the steps of State House Nairobi.

The GES is the leading U.S. government-supported forum for promoting economic growth through entrepreneurship, the U.S. State department website says. It has been organised annually since 2009 and has emerged as a global platform connecting emerging entrepreneurs with leaders from business, international organisations, and governments looking to support them.

It is the first time the GES will take place in sub-Saharan Africa.