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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is Tuesday expected to deliver a public lecture at the University of Nairobi’s Taifa Hall as part of his tour of the country.
Mr Renzi, who will be making his maiden visit to the country, will deliver a speech titled “Challenges for Development: Building Bridges to Combat Extremism.”
Among bilateral issues the prime minister is likely to discuss with Kenyan authorities include investments, particularly in tourism and the oil and gas sectors.
Italians form a significant number of tourists to the Kenyan coastal city of Malindi, while Italian oil multinationals such as Eni are major players in the petroleum exploration sector.
An Italian government-sponsored facility at the Coast, the Broglio Space Centre in Malindi, is also expected to come up for discussion.
The spaceport has been used for the launch of both Italian and international satellites but a parliamentary committee inquiry last year found that the centre was under utilised, with the data collected not shared with Kenya, making the country a loser both technologically and financially.
The committee recommended that all future agreements on the use of the centre be approved by Parliament.
Already, a group of billionaire investors including Sir Richard Branson, Jacqueline Novogratz (founder and CEO, Acumen), Chris Anderson (curator, TED Conference) Dipender Saluja (Capricorn Investments) and Steve Jurvetson (Draper Fisher Jurvetson) have jetted into the country ahead of US President Barack Obama’s visit on the weekend of July 25.
Others are Jean Oelwang (CEO, Virgin Unite), Zia Khan of the Rockefeller Foundation, and Strive Masiyiwa, founder and chair of Econet Wireless.
According to State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu, the owners of UK newspapers the Independent and Evening Standard are also expected in the country this week.
– Business Daily