Former US President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea Clinton will visit Kenya on Thursday next week as part of their African trip that will also take them to Tanzania, Liberia and Morocco.
President Clinton and Chelsea will visit the sites of several Clinton Foundation projects and CGI Commitments to Action that are improving the lives of thousands of people across Africa, concluding with the Clinton Global Initiative Middle East & Africa Meeting (CGI MEA) in Morocco.
The trip will highlight some of the issues Clinton is passionate about and has long worked on – economic growth and empowerment, climate change, empowering women and girls and global health and conservation.
A statement from his press team read:
[otw_shortcode_quote border=”bordered” border_style=”bordered” background_pattern=”otw-pattern-3″ background_color=”#ffffff” color=”#ed4811″]In 1998, President Clinton took an 11-day trip to Africa – the longest visit by a sitting American President at that time. President Clinton’s trip followed a trip that Chelsea and then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton made the year before. In May 2000, he signed the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which led to a new era of opportunity for African countries by enabling deeper trade and investment ties. He also pushed for larger and faster debt relief through the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative. Additionally, the Clinton Administration invested heavily in the global fight against AIDS and Tuberculosis. Since then, exports under AGOA have increased more than 500 percent, reaching $53.8 billion as of 2011. Since their initial trips, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton have continued to build upon their longstanding commitment to Africa through the work of the Clinton Foundation, providing investment, opportunity, and health access to underserved communities. In July 2012, both President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton traveled to Africa to visit Clinton Foundation and CHAI projects in South Africa, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Uganda, and in October 2012, Chelsea visited Nigeria for the launch of the Nigerian government’s Save One Million Lives Initiative to reduce child mortality. In 2013, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton returned, visiting Clinton Foundation and CHAI projects in Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania (including Zanzibar), Rwanda, and South Africa marking President Clinton’s ninth trip to the continent since leaving office.[/otw_shortcode_quote]
The Clintons will be in Kenya from Thursday 30th April till Sunday 3rd May, jetting in from Tanzania.
He will visit an unnamed school for ‘No Ceilings women and girls’ conversation’, a women and girls’ leadership training centre and an elephant conservation and anti-poaching project.
They will then leave for Liberia and then Morocco.
President Clinton’s visit comes in the backdrop of his wife’s announcement that she’ll be running for President. It also comes just weeks after White House announced that President Obama will be visiting Kenya in July.