Mar 24, 2017 Last Updated 10:30 AM, Mar 24, 2017

President Obama arrives in Kenya

ABN – There is excitement throughout Kenya today as US President Barack Obama arrives to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, taking place outside Nairobi until Sunday.

It will be his first visit to his father’s home country since July 2009 and his fourth visit to Africa as US President.

Prior to leaving the US, Obama signed a 10-year extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), further demonstrating his commitment to strengthening trade and investment ties with the continent.

He said at the signing: “Despite its many challenges – and we have to be clear-eyed about all the challenges that the continent still faces – Africa is a place of incredible dynamism, some of the fastest-growing markets in the world, extraordinary people, extraordinary resilience.”

Obama is widely seen as a hero in Kenya, with two schools in his father’s home town Kogelo named after him and much merchandise featuring his face sold there.

Residents of Kogelo, including his grandmother Sarah Obama, desperately want him to visit the area but it seems unlikely he’ll have time.

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South Africa inaugurates Walk of Stars

ABN – Africa’s first Walk of Stars, which is modelled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, will be inaugurated on 18 July in Rosebank, South Africa.

The walk will feature stars inlaid into the pavement that are engraved with the names of people who have excelled in their fields.

More than 30 South Africans including an Indian-origin disaster relief group have been selected for the honour.

The African Global Heritage Foundation initiated the walk, which will house the names of entertainment and sports stars as well as those who have provided exceptional service nationally and internationally.

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South Africa eyes India’s tourism industry

ABN – South Africa is looking to invest in the latest technologies to speed up the visa issuance process to attract more tourists and businesses into the country.

The country is hoping to tap into the growing Indian tourism base.

Home Affairs minister M. Gigaba, who is Indian by descent himself, said: "India is a fast growing economy and South Africa is ready to partner with it.

“We are ready to serve more Indian businesses and welcome more Indian tourists to South Africa,.

"South Africa has the best of infrastructure, best of facilities for business in the whole of Africa.

“It can cater to Indian businesses that are looking at entering the African continent. The country also has abundant natural resources."

South Africa is a member of the BRICS group, which contains Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Through the group the country has provided Indian businessmen with 10-year multiple entry visas.

Gigaba added: "We have provided the 10-year multiple entry business visas.

“We are also looking at employing latest IT technologies that can ease the visa facilitation process and allow faster processing of visas for tourists and businessmen."

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