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July 2015

Kenya

Kenya

President Barack Obama visited Nairobi, Kenya and spoke at the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). After visiting GES, the President also visited Power Africa Innovative Fair. The President then held a bilateral meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta and then attended the Kenya State Dinner.

Kenya lies between Somalia and Tanzania, on the eastern edge of the African Continent. Slightly more than twice the size of Nevada, Kenya has a population of roughly 46,000,000 people (41.56% below the age of 15). Kenya has two official languages: Kiswahili and English. Kenya's capital city is Nairobi (3.77 million people); Mombassa is the second most populous city with just over 1 million people. Mombassa is a port city on the Indian Ocean; Nairobi lies inland and within its own administrative division.

Founding president Jomo Kenyatta led Kenya from independence in 1963 until his death in 1978, when President Daniel Moi took power in a constitutional succession. Until 2010, there were several contested elections in Kenya. In August 2010, Kenyans adopted a new constitution. The new constitution introduced additional checks and balances to executive power and significant devolution of power and resources to 47 newly created counties. It also eliminated the position of prime minister following the first presidential election under the new constitution, which occurred on 4 March 2013. Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of founding president Jomo Kenyatta, won the March elections in the first round by a close margin and was sworn into office on 9 April 2013.

Kenya's climate ranges from tropical along the ocean coast to arid in the interior regions. It's terrain consists of low plains that rise to a central highlands that is bisected by the Great Rift Valley. The Highlands of Kenya are noted as one of the most successful agricultural production regions in Africa. Glaciers are found on Mount Kenya, Africa's second highest peak. This unique physiography supports abundant and varied wildlife of scientific and economic value in the country. The natural resources of Kenya include: limestone, soda ash, salt, gemstones, fluorspar, zinc, diatomite, wildlife, and gypsum.

White House; CIA World Factbook, 7/2015;

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