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Kenyatta: My Dream For Youth, Investors

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nurse geneva; font-size: small;”>Speaking during a one-on-one interview with BBC, President Kenyatta emphasized that the role of government is not to do business but to facilitate investment.

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Towards this end, President Kenyatta said his government will be comprised of people who have been in the private sector and have a wealth of experience in doing business, as reflected in the composition of nominees to his Cabinet.

The President said investments will generate employment opportunities and create wealth that will lead to equitable development of our country.

“My vision is to see the country moving towards equitable development and moving away from exclusivity. We aspire to have an inclusive development process where citizens pull together to achieve a common objective,” the President said.

The Head of State further said that his government would ensure that economic growth is equitable across the country, so that all citizens can feel that they are part and parcel of the development agenda of the nation.

Regarding the youth, President Kenyatta said that his government would mainstream youth affairs in the development process saying that each ministry will be required to indicate how it would engage and promote the youth agenda.

“My government will no longer look at our youth as a problem. We want to make them part of our future. We are determined as a government to create opportunities for them,” said the President.

Earlier, President Kenyatta met and held discussions with various groups of investors interested in investing in the country.

Among them were Absa Barclays, led by CEO Maria Ramos and Chairman Wendy Lucas-Bull; Liberty Group, a branch of Standard Bank; Microsoft, Philips and various Kenyans.

President Kenyatta assured them that the prevailing environment in Kenya was conducive for investment. In this regard, he said the government will continue to invest in infrastructure in order to bring down the cost of doing business in the country.

In addition, the President said the government will continue to review the regulatory framework including amending the company law amongst other measures in order to simplify the process of starting and running business.

Among those who accompanied the President to the meetings were Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Thuita Mwangi, Senator Kembi Gitura, acting High Commissioner Mrs. Hellen Gichuhi, among other government officials.

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