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US woos Kenya with big deals, takes swipe at China strategy

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The US has unveiled a new strategy to deepen trade relations with Kenya while taking swipe at China’s inroads into Africa.

American Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter yesterday announced the roll-out of a Sh41.3 billion credit facility targeting businesses that source their products from the US, especially those dealing in infrastructure.

He also unveiled a private sector-led initiative meant to spur trade and investment in eight counties.The counties in the Prosper Counties Initiative are Isiolo, Kakamega, Mombasa, Makueni, Kiambu, Kisii, Kisumu and Nakuru.

Mr McCarter said the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) is currently reviewing “several transactions” that will benefit from the credit line.

“Several engineering firms are in discussion with the National Treasury… we believe this is a start of a strong relationship between our governments,” he said.McCarter was speaking in Nairobi at the second American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Business Summit that seeks to strengthen trade relations between Kenyan and the US.

And in a thinly-veiled swipe at China, which has been accused of saddling African countries with debt through its Belt and Road Initiative, the envoy said that the US advocates a “self-reliant” Kenya and that its model would not burden the country with debt.

“We’re going to put forth projects that have meaning to Kenyans. Our shared goal is to pave a path to Kenyan self-reliance, for Kenya to move from beneficiary to benefactor,” he said.

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“The United States model focuses on long-term growth and sustainability, not debt.”US Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Middle East and Africa Seward Jones urged businesses to identify potential projects that could benefit from the funding.“It is up to US and Kenyan businesses to identify those bankable projects involving US exports,” said Mr Jones.

McCarter, meanwhile, said the Prosper Counties Initiative is in line with the government’s renewed focus on Public-Private Partnerships for projects to cut borrowing.The heightened efforts at deepening trade relations between the two countries are part of a deal signed between the US and Kenya under President Donald Trump’s “Prosper Africa” initiative.

Under the agreement, the government will identify particular projects and areas that “would like to see a greater participation by US companies” mostly in the Big Four agenda.

It will also identify “business climate issues” and unlock bottlenecks that might hinder US companies from taking advantage of business opportunities.The US provides Sh1 billion annual financial assistance to Kenya ranging from health, agriculture, education and security. President Uhuru Kenyatta told investors that he would not relent on the war against corruption in a bid to improve the country’s business environment.

by Standard.co.ke

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Top Notch Security with ongoing installation of Razor Wire Fencing

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We are extremely thankful to the various professional teams that are currently engaged at Amani Ridge the Place of Peace together with our suppliers and customers. Indeed, there is great progress that is taking place in this unique gated community.

Amani Ridge the Place of Peace was birthed with the inhabitants of this place squarely in mind.

That is why, we are always engaging the best supplies, who have been doing great in delivering top quality workmanship with high quality materials, to make this project a habitable haven.

From the magnificent walls that are shaping up, to the awe-inspiring landscaping that includes an intelligent water fountain now known as – The Relaxation Spring, to the solar street lighting, the quality of ongoing value additions is simply impressive.

Some of these supplier are also eying to become owners of property in this project; no wonder their delivery is top notch. Watch this video expounding on this gated community’s architectural projections: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os3nubny8Vg&t=1s

We are now extremely pleased by the quality of the razor wire fencing that is currently being installed. The colour of this razor wire symbolizes prosperity- the delightful Optiven green.

As this is happening, the Wall of Peace is now coming to a completion. We truly thank God for this.

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The Wall of Wisdom has now kick-started fast and furious. This workmanship would have appeared like some form of fantasy, a very enthralling movie or drama; however this is currently the reality that is unfolding on the ground.

We invite you to visit this project and get inspired by what is happening here. Come ready to book your very own plot of super value added land.

It is now also confirmed that Amani Ridge the Place of Peace plots will be going up by 30% in coming weeks. Book now and be counted among those who have a piece of property in Nairobi Metropolis.

Would you wish to own a property at Amani Ridge the Place of Peace? Take advantage of the current offer: https://www.optiven.co.ke/newsblogs/buy-any-property-and-get-6-months-interest-free/

Get in touch with Optiven Today:

Contact Optiven Group: 0790 300 300 Email: admin@optiven.co.ke Website: www.optiven.co.ke George Wachiuri Blog: www.georgewachiuri.com
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Young Kenyan comedian lands slot on Comedy Central

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Kenyan comedian Elsa Majimbo joins the list of other elite comedians whose work has been featured on television station Comedy Central Africa.

Her short hilarious videos are set to be aired on the comedy channel.

Elsa shared the news with her fans on social media saying that her shows will be featured for the whole month of June.

“I’m on @comedycentralAF they’ll be showing me for the rest of the month I’m so excited,” tweeted @ElsaAngel19.

One of her funny videos uploaded on the television network is where she talks about people who use their friends’ Netflix subscriptions to watch movies but are never around when it is time to renew the subscription.

Elsa lives in South Africa and has received numerous acclamation for her comedy work which she posts mostly on her Instagram page. Recently, a section of KOT “rejected” her as Kenyan, with South Africans embracing her.

She, however, received affirmation from Lupita Nyong’o.

One of her most famous videos is one where she talks about coronavirus and how since the pandemic started people have been affected differently.

She speaks of how although everyone has been put on a forced quarantine at their homes making it impossible for them to socialise, she personally has not missed anyone.

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VIDEO: A TRUE PLACE OF PEACE for the young ones too!

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Amani Ridge the Place of Peace is the place to be for those who seek to settle in a peaceful domicile.

Families are coming here not only to survey the place where they will soon establish their dream homes, but listen this…to enjoy the quietude and take photos too! They come here to take a walk and enjoy the amazing views.

Others just come to appreciate and walk along the walls of Peace, Happiness, Knowledge and Wisdom.

Others still come here to confirm the value additions that are being placed here courtesy of Optiven. Watch this video expounding on this gated community’s architectural projections: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os3nubny8Vg&t=1s

For the young ones who make their way here, they have a chance to breathe the fresh air, to enjoy the serenity of the open and refreshing skies of these cool Kiambu environs. The young girl captured here can attest to this.

You are free to visit the project and enjoy the Peace as you enjoy the magnificent developments happening at Amani Ridge the Place of Peace

Do you want to be part of Amani Ridge the Place of Peace great experience? Get in touch with Optiven Today:

Contact Optiven Group: 0790 300 300 Email: admin@optiven.co.ke Website: www.optiven.co.ke George Wachiuri Blog: www.georgewachiuri.com
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