“I’m impressed by the great things that the young people are doing, but disappointed by our inability to tap into them. I wish to call on the private sector to share their experiences, capital and skill with younger innovators. This move will ensure larger markets, greater productivity, and the building and strengthening of Kenyan and African institutions.”
These are words uttered by President Uhuru Kenyatta while unveiling the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015(GES) at Strathmore University. He said that our strong entrepreneur spirit has seen us stand tall globally and the best entrepreneurs in the world are clearly looking at what is happening in Kenya.
“The fact that Kenya is the first Sub-Saharan African country to host GES is a great achievement. We have the best cargo airline in Africa and the third-best airport in the continent, clearly, Africa is rising, and Kenya is rising with it,” remarked Devolution CS, Anne Waiguru.
This years’ summit theme is ‘Creating wealth through innovation and entrepreneurship.Since 2010, when the U.S. hosted the first Summit in Washington, D.C., GES has expanded to a global event, subsequently hosted by the governments of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, and Morocco. The 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, on July 25-26. It will be the sixth annual gathering of entrepreneurs at all stages of business development, business leaders, mentors, and high-level government officials.
The established tradition demonstrates the U.S. Government’s continued commitment to fostering entrepreneurship around the world. President Kenyatta will co-chair together with U.S President Obama the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.
FYI: Kenya is ranked sixth most ‘Internet-ready’ country in Africa.