The second annual AmCham Business Summit themed "Partnering for Prosperity," was heldon November 4 – 5, 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. The 2019 Summit focused on providing a platform for direct business to business engagement enabling partnerships to develop and transactions to take place to expand markets and catalyse business growth: the key to job creation and economic prosperity.
The Summit attracted over 600 participants representing 230 companies and including 105 Government representatives from the U.S., Kenya and across the East Africa region.
The Kenyan government representation was led by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta, who also served as the Chief Guest for the Summit and included Cabinet and Principal secretaries and eight County Governors. The U.S. government representation was led by the Assistant Trade Representative for Africa Connie Hamilton, and included the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Middle East & Africa, U.S. Department of Commerce, Seward "Skip" Jones as well asU.S Ambassador to Kenya, Kyle McCarter.
The Summit program featured 75 speakers in 15 program sessions as well as business-to-business matchmaking sessions during which 291 B2B meetings took place.
The AmCham Business Summit was first held in 2018 and provides a strategic platform for strengthening two-way trade and investment between the U.S. and East Africa. The purpose of the Summit is to unleash the power of private enterprise in driving long-term economic ties, enhancing trade and promoting investment, to expand markets for both U.S., Kenyan and East African businesses.
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