Nairobi to host Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Mwangi Mumero - Nairobi to host Global Entrepreneurship Summit Keynote speakers at the event will include US President Barack Obama. (Image source: The U.S. Army/Flickr)Kenya is preparing to receive attendees for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) later this month

The event will be held on 25-26 July in the capital, Nairobi, and will bring together more than 3,000 participants from across the world.

Kenya is co-hosting the summit with the US government, with President Barack Obama numbering among the key speakers at the event.

More than 200 exhibitors will congregate at Nairobi’s Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) for the sixth annual gathering of global entrepreneurs, business leaders, mentors and high-level government officials.

The event allows venture capitalists, business persons and foundations to learn from each other and identify ways to improve the entrepreneurial ecosystems.

“Our business ties with the US run deep. New partnerships will be announced during the three day event,” said Ruth Kagia, a senior advisor on international relations to the Kenyan President.

According to Kagia, preparations are at an advanced stage to ensure that visitors have a safe, secure and memorable visit to Kenya.

Local entrepreneurs will have a chance to access mentorship from successful global players in various industries with the private sector expected to enhance interactions with upcoming entrepreneurs.

Kenya is expected to use the summit to showcase its attractiveness to global investors and visitors at a time when tourism has suffered a slump.

Nairobi will be the sixth host to the GES which has previously been held in Turkey, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Malaysia and Morocco.

The US held the inaugural GES summit in Washington DC in 2010.

Mwangi Mumero

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