President Kenyatta in US on a mission to market Kenya

President Uhuru Kenyatta with First Lady Margaret Kenyatta accompanied by Ambassador Monica Juma when they arrived in the US./PHOTO COURTESY

President Uhuru Kenyatta is in the United State on a mission to promote Kenya to investors.

President Kenyatta arrived in Washington DC on Saturday afternoon for a landmark official visit that will see him hold talks with US President Donald Trump and also meet executives of top US companies to promote Kenya as a preferred investment destination.

The President, accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, touched down at Dulles International Airport at 4:00 pm Washington DC time (11:00 pm, Nairobi time on Saturday) and was received by a team of senior US and Kenya government officials led by Kenya’s ambassador to the US Robinson Njeru Githae.

Cooperation between Kenya and the US in security, governance, trade and investment, people to people cooperation; and partnership in regional and international matters will take center stage during President Kenyatta’s Washington visit.

According to Foreign Affairs CS Ambassador Monica Juma, the visit will strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries.

“It underscores the importance of Kenya-US relations, a relationship that is historical and that has been growing in both breath and depth over the years to cover a wide range of areas from security and defense to governance, trade and investment,” Amb. Juma said.

According to CS Juma, one of the items that will feature prominently during President Kenyatta’s meeting with President Trump will be how to increase Kenya’s export volumes under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).