Kenyan police Norinco VN4 armoured vehicle. The Chinese-made vehicles are used by the paramilitary GSU of the Kenya Police Force for anti-terrorism, international peacekeeping and local police missions.
This year, Conference tourism in Nairobi got a boost as the city hosted high level international conferences. In July 2015, President Barrack Obama visited Kenya for the first time as President of the United States of America-or is it the ‘Free World’ so they say.
His trip was followed closely by the Holy Father, I remember the morning after the Pope landed, I was going for my cycling mission in Nyahururu and for the whole night it poured, heavy to the following morning. At some point I thought I should cancel, but the thought of being at home the whole weekend watching the Pope, I could not stand. That’s what happens when big people are visiting, the airport is condoned, police are deployed in every street and road, the roads are closed, the citizens are pushed around, like criminals.
So, The Africa Academy of Management Biennial Conference kicked off the year with its week long symposium starting on January 5 to 10 at the Strathmore Business School in Nairobi Kenya, bringing together business leaders to brainstorm the way forward in uplifting lives via job creation in enterprise expansions. Among topics covered during the conference included ‘The Progress and Potential of African Economies (McKinsey, 2010), Africa Rising (The Economist, 2011) and ‘Cracking the next growth market: Africa (Harvard Business Review, 2011).
The Environmental Cement Africa conference was slated for January 21 to 22 at Laico Regency Hotel, to cover issues promoting sustainable cement production via innovative reduction of alternative fuels and smoke emissions. Then in June, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development brought in 7,000 delegates among then trade minsters from all over the world for a week-long fourteenth session on July 17 to 22. In attendance, The President of the United State of America.
Last week, the Japanese government organised a high level economic forum, the Tokyo International Conference of African Development (TICAD) for African presidents. This was the first time the forum was being held in Africa and it provided a forum for leaders to present proposals to the Japanese government for funds to implement projects. Kenya won big though not better that the earlier conference. It’s understandable that Japan is just one of Kenya’s big partners on development in energy, agriculture and water. Kenya has also made partnership with other giants like China.
The inaugural African Conference for Human Computer Interaction (Africhi) is also slated for a week-long stay in Nairobi in late November 2016 while agricultural experts, agrochemical processors and farmers flock into Nairobi for a three-day Agritec Africa meet starting on June 15 to 17 2017.
The 2016 calendar portends good tidings for the hospitality industry that suffered a downward spin following a spate of terrorism attacks and travel advisories. Kenya continues to attract global visitors through international forums for public and private companies with 2015 playing a significant role for such opportunities when the country became the first African country to host Pope Francis. US President Barrack Obama’s visit also saw 500 US. December also marked Kenya’s position as a preferred destination when it hosted 7,000 delegates during the World Trade Organisation Conference.
This has created an improved business in hotel and other tourist related sector, its been a great benefits to our economy. It goes without saying that the way our government treats its citizen when they are hosting this events is to some extend inhuman, uncouth or maybe cruel. While we understand its mandate to deliver on various promise, security being one of them, they should understand that the citizens who they derive their power from deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.