US Ambassador Meg Whitman to Kenya: This is the best African destination for tourists
Meg Whitman, the US Ambassador to Kenya, has commended Kenya as the best African destination for anyone visiting to the continent.
Whitman said in her opening remarks to the 8th Devolution Conference in Eldoret on Wednesday that Kenya is the most stable democracy in Africa, having just held the most legitimate elections over a year ago.
According to the envoy, Kenya is the entrance to the East African market, which has over 500 million people and is the largest regional financial logistics hub.”Kenya, with its Silicon Savanna and super smart engineers, is the region’s ICT hub,” stated the envoy.
Whitman stated that Kenya is the #1 destination for foreign direct investment and venture capital, in addition to increasing the number of young, educated, and entrepreneurial English-speaking workers.
She added that Kenya is likewise committed to combating climate change, generating more than 93% of its energy from renewable sources.
The Ambassador also used the occasion to highlight Kenya and the United States’ strong trade ties, stating that her host country is the greatest exporter of commodities to Kenya.
“We feel Kenya is ready for liftoff as it diversifies,” she said.
Whitman stated that more than 80% of regional trade travels through Kenya’s port of Mombasa while expounding on the country’s crucial role as the gateway to East Africa.
She also stated that Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is the busiest in East Africa, with 40 passenger airlines and 25 cargo flights serving it.Whitman also referred to Kenya’s infrastructure development, which includes the Standard Gauge Railway, a network of roads, and ports.
“From the standpoint of a financial and technological hub, Kenya is already an East African regional hub.” “For decades, several international banks have had a presence in Nairobi,” Whitman explained.
She also stated that major financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have built regional offices in Nairobi.