President Uhuru Kenyatta is in the US as he meets with US leader Donald Trump. After this first official encounter with Trump since Uhuru's second stint in power, the president will also meet executives of top US companies to promote Kenya as a preferred investment destination.
Immediately after this visit, the President will rush back home to welcome British Premier Theresa May who makes her maiden trip to Africa and is going to be the only visit by a British PM to Kenya since Margaret Thatcher visited Kenya in 1988.
"I am proud to be leading this ambitious trip to Africa and to become the first UK Prime Minister in over 30 years to visit Kenya," PM May said. This trip is expected to explore various trade opportunities as well as re-aligning Kenya as a major trade partner in East Africa which has been declining due to influence from Asia.
It also comes at a time when both leaders have pet projects they must fulfill before the end of the reign. Uhuru Kenyatta is determined to fulfill a legacy that builds on manufacturing, health, food security and housing, while Theresa May is determined to steer the British economy in post Brexit era.
Incidentally, the main country that has taken away trade from US and Britain marks the next stage for Uhuru to present his case. China has taken over most of the trade the two traditional trading partners used to enjoy. President Uhuru will lead a strong delegation of Kenyans to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Beijing China, where Kenya will seek to seal funding for major projects including the Naivasha- Kisumu-Busia section of SGR railways as well as extra funding for the Lamu Port and Lamu-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) project.
Kenya is grappling with a negative balance of trade with all the three partners and at the same time a crippling debt that the country has been warned it would jeopardize the country's development. Based on this, the country is exploring expanding its foreign trade to boost its kitty and increase wealth. Last month, Kenya launched its international trade strategy as a way of improving trade.