As the first official encounter with Trump since Uhuru’s second stint in power, President Uhuru Kenyatta is in the U.S to meet with Donald Trump and executives of top U.S companies to promote Kenya as a preferred investment destination.
Immediately after this visit, the President plans rushing back home to welcome British Prime Minister Theresa May who makes her maiden trip to Africa and is going to be the only visit by a British PM to Kenya since Margaret Thatcher visited Kenya in 1988.
It also comes at a time when both leaders have pet projects they must fulfill before the end of the reign. Uhuru Kenyatta is determined to fulfill a legacy that builds on manufacturing, health, food security and housing, while Theresa May is determined to steer the British economy in post Brexit era
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Incidentally, the main country that has taken away trade from US and Britain marks the next stage for Uhuru to present his case. China has taken over most of the trade the two traditional trading partners used to enjoy. President Uhuru will lead a strong delegation of Kenyans to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Beijing China, where Kenya will seek to seal funding for major projects including the Naivasha- Kisumu-Busia section of SGR railways as well as extra funding for the Lamu Port and Lamu-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) project.
Kenya is grappling with a negative balance of trade with all the three partners and at the same time a crippling debt that the country has been warned it would jeopardize the country’s development. Based on this, the country is exploring expanding its foreign trade to boost its kitty and increase wealth. Last month, Kenya launched its international trade strategy as a way of improving trade.