Kenyans in diaspora return home for investment conference

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By Beth Nyaga

Over 1000 Kenyans living abroad will be in Nairobi for a major investment conference to discuss their position in economic development in the country.

The event is scheduled to start on December 9, 2015.

Several governors and other Kenyan leaders will also participate in the three day event organized in partnership with several development partners happening just days to the WTO conference which will also be held in the city.

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The convention will engage local political and economic actors on several areas of mutual interests to foster development in Kenya and strengthen bilateral/multilateral relations and the country’s democratic growth

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The delegates will also engage local leaders on a number of social, economic and political issues including a review on the position of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission on the diaspora’s participation in the next General Election.

According to the Kenya Diaspora Alliance Global Chairman Dr Shem Ochuodho,” the December convention the largest by any local diaspora association will strive to open investment opportunities especially in the devolved sectors.”

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“We want to be part of devolution and many Kenyans in the diaspora are looking for information on where to put their money especially in the decentralized government,” Dr Ochuodho said

The thematic areas to be tackled by the convention includes diaspora investment in the 47 counties ,Public, Private, People’s Partnerships (PPPP)’s,Youth, Women, Disabled Empowerment, Entrepreneurship and Employment, Knowledge, Talent, Skill Management & Innovation, Implementation of the National Diaspora Policy and harnessing Diaspora Input in the WTO Ministerial Conference.

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Key speakers lined up to participate at the event includes Speaker of the Senate David Ekwe Ethuro the Chief Justice, Dr Willy Mutunga, Secretary General, UNCTAD, Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, the Africa Union (AU’s) Vice Chairperson Erastus Mwencha, and the Chairperson, Council of Governors Peter Munya, who is also the Governor of Meru County and several ambassadors and High Commissioners of different countries.

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