President William Ruto will address Kenyans living in the United States on Dec 15, 2022 in Washington DC, on the sidelines of the Africa Leaders Summit scheduled for December 13-15, according to a dispatch released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Diaspora meting will take place at the Washington Plaza Hotel Address 10 Thomas Circle NW, 20005.
The Kenyan embassy in Washington, DC, encourages all Kenyans to register to attend the meeting for logistical reasons.
This will be Dr Ruto’s second visit to the US as President, having attended the UN General Assembly in late September a few days after being declared the winner of the contested presidential election.
The main reason for this visit is to join other heads of sate and government for the multilateral summit which is expected to be beneficial to the US and African countries.
The US African Leaders Summit was the brain child of the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama.
During this year’s summit, Ruto is expected to meet his American counterpart Joe Biden and alaso hold bilateral meetings with other African leaders who will be in attendance.
According to the State Department, the summit will demonstrate America’s “enduring commitment to Africa”, and underscore the importance of US-Africa relations.
“Africa will shape the future — not just the future of the African people, but of the world. Africa will make the difference in tackling the most urgent challenges and seizing the opportunities we all face,” says Biden’s administaration.
The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit will build on our shared values to better:
- Foster new economic engagement
- Advance peace, security, and good governance
- Reinforce commitment to democracy, human rights, and civil society
- Work collaboratively to strengthen regional and global health security
- Promote food security
- Respond to the climate crisis
- Amplify diaspora ties
- Promote education and youth leadership
Ruto’s meeting with the diaspora in Washington follows that of Foreign Affairs CS Alfred Mutua on November 17.
During the meeting in Seattle, CS Mutua said the Kenya Kwanza government will enact changes that will change their lives positively.
“We plan, in time, to open more consulates in the US. One for the Midwest either in Chicago or Minneapolis, in the South either in Dallas or Atlanta and one in the Northwest in Seattle. We’ll also have mobile biometric kits to process passports, Huduma Namba and IDs in the US,”Mutua said.
The CS said the missions will also offer trade and investment services for the diaspora to invest in Kenya and take advantage of the PPP programmes, affordable housing ventures and other projects in the country.
“This is a non-partisan event where all Kenyans are welcome,” Amb Amayo said recently.
There is, however, some talk of divisions among diaspora in the US, which is blamed, for instance, for the collapse of the Kenya Diaspora Initiative.
Prof Peter Ndiang’ui, a Florida based Kenyan community organiser, observed that previous governments have tried to embrace the diaspora, but the efforts have only been mostly at policy level with little or no corresponding action to implement those policies.
“This should change as we have already seen with the President’s actions thus far with more expected to finally harness the diaspora’s full potential,” Ndiang’ui, one of the committee members, said.
During his visit to South Korea last week, President Ruto met Kenyans living in Seoul and in response to one of the questions, the President said the international trips are to engage with foreign governments as well as with Kenyans living in the countries to advance his development agenda for the country.
Mr Samuel Omwenga, a US based legal and political analyst says Ruto had demonstrated thus far he has the ability to succeed in accomplishing this both at home and in the diaspora.