There was fanfare at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre as President Uhuru Kenyatta opened the Pre-Global Entrepreneurship summit. Kenyans were treated to music and dance and other forms of entertainment. The excitement amongst those in attendance was quite evident on their faces. This is a prime for investors and innovators to showcase their best work, and put Kenya on the Global investment scene.
President Kenyatta said the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit will give Kenyans a chance to interact with the worlds’ biggest business leaders.
“As the world comes to our doorstep, to see the Kenya that is increasingly profiled as a leading hub of innovation and openness to business, it is only right to showcase the very best of our nation’s ideas,” he said.
He spoke during the opening of the Pre-Global Enterprise Summit Expo at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre on Wednesday.
Uhuru expressed his joy that a fifth of participants in the summit, taking place from Friday to Sunday, are Kenyan entrepreneurs.
He assured the entrepreneurs that the government will ensure working conditions favor their success.
Kenya is rapidly investing in higher quality, widely accessible education, cutting down red tape, rooting out rent seeking and delivering cheaper, more accessible power, he said.He added that road and railway networks are being transformed to reduce transport costs and security strengthened.
The President said Kenya tops in innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa because it has invested in businesses run by youth and women.
Citing state support for Nailab, an ICT Incubation Hub, he said the spirit of partnership between individuals and with the government has been successful.
“Some of the best of Kenya’s innovative products and services are on display here. I encourage all those who want to invest or start up their own companies to take the opportunity to visit,” he added.
US Ambassador Robert Godec said the summit will provide an opportunity for Kenya to showcase its vibrant economy and the enormous investment potential.
“The eyes of the world will be on Kenya because of this entrepreneurship summit,” the Diplomat said.
He expressed optimism that participating entrepreneurs will be mentored and will form connections that will power innovation.
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero said high speed internet, the 4G mobile phone technology, the rise of technological hubs and the global business community’s interest in Kenya put Nairobi at the forefront of the African renaissance. Kenyans will be hoping that this is just a start of the good things ahead.
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