20 July 2012

Kenya: Top Business Executives to Meet Over Insecurity

Business community representatives from Nairobi will next week meet to discuss insecurity in the country. The meeting, which has been convened by the Nairobi Central Business District, will be held on Wednesday July 25 at the Laico Regency.

The association chairman Timothy Muriuki said Executive Breakfast and Enterprise Security Risk Awareness meeting, will discuss growing insecurity especially the terror raids in the country. He said top managers in the country do not prioritize security and that is why several businesses have been affected by recent cases of terror activities.

Speaking in Nairobi during the official launch of the meeting initiative, Muriuki said the government should partner with the private sector and other stakeholders such as religious leaders in addressing the challenges of insecurity. He called on the authorities to borrow a leaf from other cities across the world which have managed to reduce the risks of insecurity despite being exposed to such threats all the time.

Muriuki cited cities such as Tel Aviv, Paris, London and Islamabad, which have increased their capacities and level of awareness in tackling crime and especially terrorism. "The meeting will create awareness on how to identify and manage enterprise security risk. We shall also discuss a report on security risk affecting business growth in Kenya," said Muriuki said.

He meeting is supported by private enterprises Newport Africa, Beryll Foundation and Protecht Africa. He said CEO's must prioritize on protecting their investments and staff especially in the wake of increased terrorism threats and forthcoming general campaigns. Muriuki said they expect to host more than 100 senior managers. In the past few months, suspected terror groups linked to Al-Shabaab and Al Qaeda have carried out grenade attacks in parts of North Eastern, Nairobi and Mombasa killing scores of people and injuring several others.

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