Sunday, July 23, 2017

Why Jack Ma went to Kenya, Rwanda with 38 Chinese billionaires in tow

Jack Ma, Asia's richest man and founder of Alibaba Group is on a two-day trip to east Africa, visiting Kenya and Rwanda with 38 fellow Chinese billionaires, all no doubt poised with expensive fountain pens, ready to ink billion dollar deals.

The Full public lecture at UoN
Alibaba founder Jack Ma addressed business community and students at the University of Nairobi Thursday afternoon.

The entrepreneur jetted in the country on Wednesday and offered tips on how to build successful business.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Isiolo Airport boosts farmers, tour firms prospects

Farmers and tour operators in counties surrounding the Isiolo International Airport are banking on the facility to boost business in the region.

Kenya Chamber of Commerce, miraa growers and exporters as well as tourism sector operators in Isiolo and Samburu counties say the Sh1.7 billion airport will increase demand for their products by easing transport to and from the region.


Nairobi City County Assembly Adopts Non Motorized Transport Policy

The Nairobi City County Assembly has adopted the Non Motorized Transport (NMT) Policy whose objective is to provide a framework for harmonization, prioritization and coordination of NMT infrastructure, facility development and maintenance in Nairobi.

The policy, whose formulation was championed by Kara in partnership with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other key stakeholders in the transport sector, was officially handed over to the County Executive in March 2015. Since then, the County Executive and Kara have been working very closely to have the policy adopted by the County Assembly.

Shy billionaire behind Eldoret’s Sh200b industrial park

Kenya’s list of billionaires is pretty brief and easy to remember. It includes individuals such as Equity’s Chairman Peter Munga, industrialists Chris Kirubi, Prandeep Paunrhana, Naushad Merali and Manu Chandaria among other household names. But there is a billionaire who is little known to majority of Kenyans. By all measures, David Langat plays in the billionaire’s league. Read more at:

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Monday, July 17, 2017


What a week! The curtains have drawn on the IAAF World U18 Championships and it couldn't have been better. Heroic performances, a party atmosphere and the friendliest hosts imaginable – Nairobi 2017 was a genuine epic.

If there was one great thing about the IAAF World U18 Championships (and there were many) then it was the people. Decked out in their nation's colours, the Kenyan fans came filing through the gates of the Kasarani Stadium each day beaming wide smiles, extending the arms to welcome the athletics world. What made it unforgettable, however, was their support anytime their nation's athletes took to the track, or indeed field. Whether it was a high jumper clearing a bar in warmup, a thrower unleashing a personal best in qualifying or a middle distance athlete storming to victory, they roared their support all week, creating an incredible setting for live sport. An incredible championships with the friendliest of hosts. Farewell, Nairobi. We'll miss you.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Naivasha-Kisumu SGR line takes shape as State seeks Nema nod

Plans to extend the standard gauge railway (SGR) from Naivasha to Kisumu have started taking shape after the State submitted an environmental impact assessment report.

The Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) is seeking approval for the project that will cost about Sh370 billion ($3.59 billion), funded by the Exim Bank of China.

The 255km-line is the third phase of the SGR, that is set to push the total cost of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration pet project to Sh847 billion.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

New Sh15bn brewery godsend for struggling western region.

Here are the reasons I think that the new Sh15 billion brewery East African Breweries will be shortly launching in the lakeside town of Kisumu is a very significant economic development in western Kenya. First, it has demonstrated once again that tax policy is not just about how to raise the money for the government to spend. - Jaindi Kidero.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A growth engine for Africa: Training 1 million young people in digital skills

Chebet Mutai from Nairobi, Kenya had little digital knowledge when she attended a “Women, Technology & Entrepreneurship” event run by Google in 2012. But the stories she heard and skills she learned there inspired her to quit her job at a bank and pursue her dream of opening a fashion business. She used her savings to buy two sewing machines and rent workshop space, and she set up a business making leather bags and accessories. Today, her companyWazawazi (a combination of two Swahili words meaning “open mindedness”) employs 12 people at a fair wage, exports to countries around the world, and continues to grow.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Lupita Nyong’o, Trevor Noah, their meaningful roles

The most intriguing stars seem to appear from out of nowhere.
Take Lupita Nyong’o, the Mexican-Kenyan actress who had not even graduated from Yale School of Drama before landing her star-making role as Patsey in “12 Years a Slave,” for which she won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in 2014.

Ms. Nyong’o, 32, has since appeared in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and lent her voice to “The Jungle Book,” which will open in April. She has also acted on stage in an Off Broadway production of “Eclipsed,” about the struggles of a group of women during the Liberian Civil War. (“Eclipsed” will open on Broadway next month.) Ms. Nyong’o quickly became a fashion darling, too, as the first black face of LancĂ´me. She has appeared on the cover of Vogue twice. 
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