Event Summary; On 24th of July 2015, US President Barrack Obama will be the 1st siting American President to visit Nairobi Kenya.
Obama’s visit to Kenya is factored by an array of geopolitical aspects of Kenya including longstanding military partnership, Kenya’s dominance in the East and Central Africa, and most importantly the versatile leadership exhibited by President Kenyatta.
The Global Entrepreneurship Summit merely provided the environment and opportunity for the US President to make history by visiting the Republic of Kenya, one of US most powerful and reliable partner in the war on terror.
After the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Kenya is likely to witness an economic bubble in coming 5 years. Short-term economic forecasts project oil and coal, besides other exports, tourism, agriculture, and affordable energy will initiate rapid economic growth. Stable stocks, and a robust jobs market will make Kenya an attractive destination for investors.
The US views Kenya as a reliable and highly capable partner in the war on terror. Kenya’s success in Somalia and at home against the Harakat al- Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement Al-Qaeda’s branch in Somalia is highly regarded. “Kenya’s role in the war on terror in East Africa cannot be ignored, its indeed, the Kenyan’s who have tilted the tables on the terrorists”
Kenya’s massive infrastructure development, powerful economy, and versatile diplomacy has brought most of the East and Central African economies close. Most share Nairobi’s ideology of a unified economic block, joint military intervention to combat conflicts, and an economic zone.
The United States views these developments as significant steps towards becoming a global economic and military power. As such, it is viewed as prudent for the United States to strengthen and deepen the ties between Washington and Nairobi.
President Obama’s visit to Nairobi underscores that prudence. He is to foster better relations with Nairobi by signing bilateral trade agreements, military cooperation including allowing Kenya Army to procure advanced warfare equipment, financial aid among others.
Economic growth requires safeguards that can preempt threats on the advanced economy. The President of the United States visit to Kenya is likely to prompt Kenya to up its defense capability significantly.
President Barrack Obama’s visit to Kenya offers a chance to review and forecast Kenya’s 5-10 year economic-security outlook. Also of importance are similar global events to take place in Nairobi. To host and secure such key events depicts Kenya’s growing security capability.
These defense needs must be addressed fast and robustly for Nairobi to keep inspiring and reposing confidence in investors.
This defense need is of course factored by possible 5-10 years economic boom likely to be witnessed. More American conglomerates are likely to invest heavily in Kenya. Washington will be comfortable if assets and properties of Americans are in safe economic hubs.
Militarily, Kenya is set to rise in rank both globally and regionally. It is highly likely Nairobi will rank as among the top 3 most powerful military and economies in Africa.
However, with this will come the risk of economic terrorism and Al-Qaeda militancy all factored by presence of Americans and their assets in Kenya.
What’s truly profound is that, the capability to detect, identify, and neutralize/preempt such threats on national security will be reliable.