Benefits of the bilateral talk between Kenya and the US.

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SECURITY AND FIGHT AGAINST TERROR
Kenya will benefit from the deepened cooperation between the two countries even though the two countries have been working together. This saw the two presidents sign an action plan towards fighting terror and extremism. Benefits of this action plan to Kenya are:

  • Time sensitive and more sharing of intelligence between Kenya and U.S. security forces to enable pro-active measures against terrorism. Through this the government will be able to monitor the funding of the terror groups.
  • Additional funding towards Kenyan security forces
  • Additional training for Kenyan security forces
  • Work towards the strengthening of the Somalia government and continue to cooperate with the neighboring countries in east Africa to root out Al shabaab capacity in Somalia. This will reduce the burden on the Kenyan security forces and also enhance Kenya’s security level.
  • Using social media to counter recruitment into terror groups and extremism.

PROTECTION OF KENYAN WILDLIFE
The U.S president announced a proposed ban on the transport of ivory across the U.S state lines in a move to protect African elephants from poachers.
VISA AGREEMENT DEAL
The heads of state also unveiled plans for a direct flight between Kenya and the U.S. which is important in bring the countries together and also see the period of validity of the visa extended to five years. I also anticipate that if we can get all the issues of acquiring the visa squared away, then this will probably benefit the students, business people and tourists, hence making trade easier and cheaper.
PROMOTE EDUCATION
Relaxed visa rules will see students travel with ease. This is aimed at promoting the education of the country at large and more particularly the education of the girl child and also protection of women against violence.
EXPAND ACCESS TO ELECTRICITY
Obama in his legacy to Africa is trying to bring electricity to rural Africa through a $7 billion project called power Africa. This will drive economic productivity exponentially and it’s a game changer to Kenya’s economy.
FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION
The U.S president also advised the Kenyans on how to eradicate corruption in Kenya and he said it’s a cause for all Kenya’s to join hands and be committed to. He also advised the government to put in place measures that will see visible prosecutions of corrupt individuals and also pay civil servant sustainable incomes so that they don’t have to corrupt to supplement their meager salaries. His advice would also be of benefit after his retirement where he promised to visit Kenya more regularly with his family.

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