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KENYA PARTICIPATES IN EXPO 2015 MILAN
Cabinet Secretary of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, Mrs. Phyllis Kandie, visited the Kenya Pavilion at the EXPO Milan 2015 to lay out the strategy that will guide the team -responsible for showcasing Kenya to the world at the EXPO Milan 2015. With over 20 million visitors expected to attend EXPO Milano 2015, and 150 countries participating, this year’s event looks to build on the global success of the last EXPO, which was held in Shanghai in 2010. The next six months provides Kenya with a wonderful opportunity to promote the resources that makes the country such a compelling destination for tourism, trade and investment.

In this year’s EXPO Milan, Kenya will hold thematic months which will be used to showcase Kenya’s various opportunities and heighten Kenya’s attraction of visitors as below.

 Month Activity
May
 Kenya’s Trade and Exports
 June Showcasing Kenya as the best Tourism destination
 July Arts, sports and Culture of Kenya, including its people’s history and their way of life.
 August Investment Month
 September Agriculture and Kenya Week
 October Follow through on opportunities identified by different sectors during the preceding months.

  In the Kenya week (7th-12th September 2015), the planned activities include the Business, Tourism and Investment Forum, Half Marathon, Cultural day among others.

Talking at Kenya’s stand at the EXPO, Mrs. Phyllis Kandie praised the organizers and the people of Italy for hosting the event: “On behalf of all Kenyans, I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to the people of Italy, especially the Milanese, for welcoming Kenya to Expo Milano 2015 with such warmth and friendliness. 

“Although many Italians, and other Europeans, already know just how welcoming and wonderful Kenya can be - there is a thriving Italian community in Malindi - we look forward to meeting those that have yet to experience the rich culture, beauty, and the investment opportunity that our country offers.

“By showcasing all of the qualities that makes Kenya ‘the land of unlimited possibilities’, we look forward to making EXPO 2015 a global success,” she added.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi officially opened EXPO 2015 with a ribbon cutting ceremony, which was followed by VIP event, which had a live televised address from his Holiness Pope Francis and a spectacular flyover by the Italian air force.

Mrs. Phyllis Kandie, concluded by saying: “ The theme for this year’s expo is ‘Feeding the planet, energy for life’ which is especially relevant for Kenya, as our country continues to make huge progress in food production and horticulture, which have become cornerstones of Kenya’s economic development.

“The city of Milan was a key a driver in Italy’s economic development, from an agriculture country into a leading industrial nation, but it has managed to retain its strong cultural identity and heritage. As Kenya’s economy rapidly diversifies we can learn from Milan, so as we achieve similar economic growth, we remember to retain and celebrate the strong heritage and traditions that makes our country such a unique and special place.”

Mrs. Phyllis Kandie was accompanied by the Commissioner General of Kenya Ruth Mwaniki (CEO, Export Promotion Council) and Kenya’s H.E. Ambassador to Italy, Josephine Gaita.

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Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi officially Opening the EXPO 2015 Milan
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His Holiness Pope Francis addressing the audience during the opening ceremony from Vatican via Teleconference
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Italian Air Force doing displaying Italian Flag colours during the opening ceremony
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Italian Air Force doing displaying Italian Flag colours during the opening ceremony
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CS Kandie and H.E. Ambassador Gaita being taken through the Kenya Pavilion by the Commisioner General of Kenya, Ruth Mwaniki
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CS Kandie and H.E. Ambassador Gaita being taken through the Kenya Pavilion by the Commisioner General of Kenya, Ruth Mwaniki
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CS Kandie and H.E. Ambassador Gaita being taken through the Kenya Pavilion by the Commisioner General of Kenya, Ruth Mwaniki
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CS Phyllis Kandie together with Commisioner General of Kenya Pavillion, Ruth Mwaniki and H.E. Ambassador to Italy, Josephine Gaita makes a visit to EXPO Gate in Milan
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CS Kandie and H.E. Ambassador Gaita being shown the proposed Kenya House where Kenyans will carry out Commercial activities in Milan City
 
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CS Kandie and H.E. Ambassador Gaita being shown the proposed Kenya House where Kenyans will carry out Commercial activities in Milan City

 
 
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