Venue:Â KICC, Nairobi â€“ Kenya
Dates: 27 April â€“ 29 April , 2014
Timing: 10 AM TO 06 PM
Business Visitors Only.
Exhibitors from over 22 countries and visitors from 11 African and 12 other countries have made Autoexpo the most prolific automobile, spares and accessories trade exhibition in Kenya and one of the largest fairs in Africa.
We have written and talked enough about the last 50 years, the failed opportunities and the great triumphs. We have downgraded one national triumph, however: pacifying Somalia where a superpower had failed.
Letâ€™s focus on the next half century. On a selfish note, if I live to be Mandelaâ€™s age, I shall be there to celebrate Kenyaâ€™s centenary.
We all hope that we learnt our lessons in the past 50 years. A few issues will predominate the next 50 years.
The first will be theÂ environment. Wangari Maathai may be gone, but her legacy will live on. The earth is our mother, and we must continue taking care of her. In the next 50 years, there will an increased demand for Earthâ€™s resources, both renewable and non-renewable.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday said his government will work closely with the private to grow the economy despite internal and external challenges.
Kenyatta said increased involvement of private companies in improving the volume and value of economic activity in the country would boost ongoing efforts to foster rapid development.
"These actions will improve trust in the public institutions that we represent; and which, in turn, we expect to outlive us and become our legacy," he said when he officially opened PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) new ultra-modern office complex in Nairobi.
THE White House yesterday said President Obama would invite President Uhuru Kenyatta to Washington for a summit in August.
Uhuru is still technically an ICC indictee although there is widespread speculation that his delayed trial at the Hague is about to collapse.The indictment is one reasons why Obama is yet to visit the homeland of his late father as president despite visiting Tanzania on an African tour last year.
Obama will invite 47 African nations that are currently in good standing with the United States or are not suspended from the African Union.
Egypt, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Guinea Bissau will not be invited.
Car and General has launched a nationwide motorcycle training pro- gramme for jua kali motor mechanics. The towns to immediately benefit are Nairobi, Nakuru, Eldoret, Mombasa, Kisumu and Kitale.
"After sales service is important to us, thus Car and General technicians will travel around the country to ensure that we have trained mechanics in different regions for a check up of motorcycles that we sell," the auto dealer's technical trainer, Sammy Sewerei said.
Hoteliers have reported a busy Christmas season, coupled with a higher demand for bed and breakfast booking compared to a similar period last year. Mtwapa based Lambada Holiday Resort said business from domestic tourism, fueled by the festive season, has increased by 20 per cent over December 2012 season to stand at an estimated 50 per cent in bookings this period.
"Business is still low compared to how it was in 2010 and 2011 Christmas holidays, but I would say it is better than last year's Christmas season when booking was very low due to terror based insecurity and the general election mood," Lambada Holiday Resort director Julius Kamau said.
Africa needs wheels. Mobius Motors, a four-year-old start-up based in Nairobi, Kenya, thinks it has a homegrown solution. It's working on the Mobius Two, a utility vehicle set to go on sale in Kenya for about $11,500. Eventually, the company hopes to sell cars all over Africa.
Mobius is the brainchild of twenty-eight-year-old British expat Joel Jackson, whose management-consulting background brought him to rural Kenya to work with the forestry industry.
"In that role, I witnessed and experienced a lot of the types of challenges the people face every day here without appropriate transport," he says.
Kenya is set to host nine new international hotels which are planning to put up 1,437 hotel rooms to cater for growing demand for travel and accommodation in the country. This comes on the back of increasing interest by international hotel brands seeking to set base in Nairobi.
A study released last week by W Hospitality Group, a member of Hotel Partners Africa shows that there are 40,000 hotel rooms planned for construction on the African continent between now and 2017 with 1,437 to be put up in Nairobi.