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CS Kenya Highlights

Feb 23, 2017: CS Kenya and Delta Airlines organize non-immigrant visa travel briefing.

CS Kenya, together with US Nairobi Embassy Consular Section and Delta Airline, gathered 25 Kenyan travel agents to a briefing on US Embassy non-immigrant visa processing for travel to the United States. The target travel agents invited to the briefing sell over 80% of the air tickets to the United States, and forecast steady growth in the number of US-bound business and tourism travelers. The US Ambassador, who welcomed the travel agents to the Embassy, was able for the first time, to announce to the Kenyan travel industry that direct, non-stop flights between the US and Kenya are now closer to becoming a reality as FAA will grant Category One status to the Nairobi International Airport.

Feb 23, 2017: Kenya reaches FAA Category One status, paving way for direct flights to the USA.

After years of bilateral cooperation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will announce that Kenya has received its International Aviation Safety Assessment Category One rating. Support from USTDA and Boeing added to Kenya’s ability to reach Category One. A category one rating means a country’s civil aviation authority complies with the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization and its air carriers can establish service to the United States and codeshare with U.S. carriers. There are some final steps before the first flight travels directly between the US and Kenya, but the FAA announcement allows airlines to start planning for direct flights between the US and Kenya.

Feb 24, 2017: CS Kenya supports the American Association of Travel Agents 2017 International Expo.

The American Association of Travel Agents (ASTA) designated Kenya as their 2017 International Travel destination and is conducting their annual expo in Nairobi. CS Kenya helped ASTA connect with the Embassy’s Regional Security Office, Consular Section, and Public Affairs Section to support the hundreds of US travel agents traveling to and within Kenya this week. CS Kenya supported the Economic Section as they managed the US Ambassador’s participation in ASTA events that provided a forum for the Ambassador to announce of Kenya reaching FAA Category One status.

Feb 8, 2017: CS Kenya and AmCham host OSAC Analysts.

The US Embassy Regional Security Office (RSO) is working hard to re-energize Kenya’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), and to assist invited State Department OSAC Analysis to Nairobi. CS Kenya is supporting this initiative due to U.S. business concerns about possible violence that may surround the August 8th general elections in Kenya. Working with RSO and AmCham, CS Kenya organized a briefing for AmCham member companies on resources OSAC brings to security managers of US firms.

Feb 9, 2017: CS Kenya, AmCham and AIG partner to assist American SMEs.

CS Kenya, with the support of AmCham Kenya and AIG Kenya, hosted a roundtable to discuss challenges and solutions for American SMEs operating in Kenya. Thirty participants representing a cross-section of U.S. businesses discussed solutions to credit and other challenges unique to SMEs in Kenya. During the event, AmCham announced the launch of a new SME Committee, and AIG presented insurance solutions that can help SMEs obtain credit from risk-averse banks.

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(Picture: AIG Kenya and CS Kenya officers)

Jan 29 – Feb 2, 2017: CS Nairobi represents East Africa at Arab Health 2017.

CS Nairobi healthcare commercial specialist participated in Arab Health 2017 Show in Dubai, counseling on the Kenya and east-African market, and representing CS Sub-Saharan Africa. Strong interest in the Kenyan healthcare industry resulted in 29 scheduled one-on-one counseling sessions with U.S. firms. In addition to gathering WINs from previous client work, Kenya’s Arab Health participation provided an opportunity to promote the upcoming Healthcare Trade Mission to Kenya and South Africa, taking place from October 23-27, 2017.

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(Picture: client counseling at Arab Health)

Upcoming:

Feb 14, 2017: CS Kenya supports AmCham anti-corruption/anti-counterfeiting event.

CS Kenya, together with AmCham, is planning an anti-corruption/anti-counterfeiting event in Nairobi. Speakers for the event are representatives from the American Bar Association, the Kenyan Government’s Anti-Counterfeit Agency, and risk management consulting firm Warrior Insight.

Feb 23, 2017: CS Kenya and Delta Airlines to organize non-immigrant visa travel briefing.

CS Kenya together with US Nairobi Embassy Consular Section and Delta Airline will be inviting 25 travel agents to a briefing for Kenya travel agents interested in learning the latest in US Embassy non-immigrant visa processing for travel to the United States. These target travel agents sell over 80% of the air tickets to the United States.

August 30-September 1, 2016: Farm Progress Show 2016 Delegates in Boone, Lowa.

The show has been referred to as the World’s Fair Agriculture and is a must attend event for all agricultural producers and other agribusiness industry professionals from around the world.

Discover Global Markets/Healthcare

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Janet Mwangi serves as the Commercial Specialistin the office of U.S. Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. She handles multiple sectors including Healthcare, ICT, and Safety & Security sectors. She is also an active member of the Global Healthcare team and a Team Lead for the ICT team for the Sub-Saharan (SSA) Region. Prior to joining the Commercial Service two years ago, Janet worked in the private sector with roles in blue chip telecoms companies where she held several positions in Innovation and leadership in the organizations Business and Enterprise Units. Janet has a passion for assisting U.S. Companies identify strong Kenyan partners through trade links, advocacy, and promoting local government and business participation in U.S. trade shows.

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December 3rd 2014: Domino’s Pizza International and Cold Stone Creamery

CS Nairobi supported the ribbon cutting for the two new U.S franchises entering the Kenyan market; Domino’s Pizza international and Cold Stone Creamery. Ambassador Godec gave the welcoming remarks and joined the President of Domino’s Pizza International in cutting the ribbon at the grand opening event, which showcased speakers, songs and samples. Over 200 attendees from the local business community, the United Nations Nairobi office, and the U.S. Embassy joined in the event. SCO Peters and CS Malinda coordinated the U.S. Embassy participation.

Jan 14, 2017: CS Kenya organized DeVry University’s visit to Kenya.

CS Kenya organized DeVry University’s visit to Kenya by scheduling meetings with education agents and more than 20 students from Kenya and Uganda to discuss Master’s degree programs at DeVry. (Photo: Catherine Malinda and Kenyan students with Devry University representative)

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Jan 18, 2017: CS Kenya and AmCham Kenya launched 2017 business outlook luncheon.

CS Kenya and AmCham Kenya launched 2017 business outlook luncheon at the Ambassador’s residence. The well-known luncheon speakers made predictions for economic and political developments in Kenya for 2017, and Q&A focused on Kenyan elections later this year, the priorities for the Trump Administration, and the implications for the Kenyan economy. Speakers remain optimistic that Kenya’s economic growth will continue at 6% for the next couple of years, although debt, drought and political uncertainty will put downward pressure on GDP growth.

Jan 25, 2017: CS Kenya leads Smart City regional planning.

CS Kenya organized a conference call for CS posts in Africa that have expressed an interested in helping US exporters take advantage of the growing smart cities and smart technology sector opportunities. There is a burgeoning smart cities interest in many African markets and the call began the process of developing a regional CS strategy. Participants included CS Morocco, South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.

Jan 29-30, 2017: CS Nairobi launches New Jersey-based Neo Strata in Kenya.

CS Kenya worked with New Jersey skin care company NeoStrata to launch their technologically-advanced product line in Kenya. In addition to the Single Company Promotion that brought customers and media to meet the company executives, CS Kenya supported a corporate social responsibility (CSR) event at the Kenya High School for girls. CS Kenya SCO spoke to the almost 1,200 girls at Kenya High School about science and business, careers in technology, and study in the USA. (photo: Catherine Malinda and Jim Rigassio at Kenya High School).

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Jan 31,2017: CS Nairobi hosts MBA students from NYU Sterns School of Business.

CS Kenya shared textile market trends and insights into local business practices with a team of visiting MBA students from NYU working to support companies operating within the UN’s Ethical Fashion Initiative. CS Nairobi connected the NYU students with resources available through USAID and their contractors that can help support project’s key objectives.

Jan 26, 2017: CS Nairobi hosts 3M Corporation Regional Executive team.

As a follow-up to successful Single Company Promotion that showcased 3M security products to Kenyan law enforcement agencies, CS Kenya organized a visit to the US Embassy for 3M’s regional leadership to meet the select Embassy country team members including INL, State, and acting Chief of Mission. Discussion centered on police training programs and opportunities to introduce 3M security products to Kenyan decision-makers.

Upcoming:

March 2017: CS Kenya organizes regional SCP for Crane Currency.

Working with the Advocacy Center and other Sub-Saharan Africa posts, CS Kenya is planning a regional Single Company Promotion for Crane Currency to promote the Boston-based company’s currency security technology.

January 25, 2015: Arab Health Expo 2015 in Dubai.

CS Kenya's Senior Commercial Specialist Humphrey Lilech participated at Arab Health Expo 2015 in Dubai, UAE as part of a 35-person official USG delegation from various EMEA countries including CS Ethiopia, Jerusalem, Egypt, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Nigeria, Oman and the UAE.

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October 15, 2014: Oil and Gas Exhibition in Nairobi

CS Nairobi staffed a booth at the 3rd East Africa Oil & Gas Summit October 15-17, 2014, an annual event that attracted senior executives from more than 200 companies across the oil and gas value chain. The event also attracted key government officials from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Malawi, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Somalia and Madagascar.

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April 5, 2014: Kenya Airways receives delivery of a new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner

Kenya Airways received delivery of a new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner valued at over $200 million. U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Robert F. Godec, was one of the welcoming dignitaries participating in the event. SCO Peters participated in the welcoming event, which featured representatives from Boeing and GE.

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November 5-6, 2013: CS Kenya hosts eight ECON officers and staff from CS Partner Posts.

November 5-6, 2013, CS Kenya hosted eight ECON officers and staff from CS Partner Posts in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania for training in commercial tradecraft. SCO Francis Peters and Sr. Commercial Specialist Humphrey Lilech led the training which covered CS services, advocacy, trade complaints, case studies, and other key areas. Economic growth in East Africa is expected to remain among the fastest in Africa this year, and demand for the services of the U.S. Commercial Service and its Partner Posts continue to rise.

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October 5, 2013: Kenya Airways receives delivery of a new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

On October 25, 2013, Kenya Airways received delivery of a new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft valued at over $300 million. U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Robert F. Godec, was the guest of honor and gave opening remarks at the welcoming ceremony hosted by Kenya Airways. SCO Peters participated in the welcoming event, which featured representatives from Boeing, GE, and the Kenya Airport Authority, and which took place at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as the jet landed after a 16-hour non-stop flight from Seattle.

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