The KCB Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Joshua Oigara officiated the KCB Investment Opportunities in East Africa event held at the Carlton Club on 7th April 2017. In attendance was the High Commissioner H.E. Lazarus Amayo and the Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Josephine Ojiambo. The event was also attended by the Kenyan Diaspora in the UK and British nationals interested in investing Kenya.
In his opening remarks, the High Commissioner emphasized that the Diaspora is an important segment of the Kenyan people. He informed the gathering that the Government had developed the Diaspora Policy in recognition of the urgent need to mainstream the Kenyan Diaspora into the National Development Agenda in line with the aspirations and the goals of the Vision 2030. The High Commissioner, therefore, noted that the KCB event complimented the efforts of the High Commission in encouraging the Diaspora to invest back home and to contribute to the socio-economic transformation of the country. He underscored that KCB was well positioned to support the diaspora invest in Kenya noting that Global Credit Rating Agencies had granted KCB the highest rating for a Kenyan Bank.
Mr. Vincent Aberi, KCB Head of Diaspora Banking while speaking at the event noted that KCB Diaspora Banking was launched in 2012 at the Olympics in London. So far 2,500 members of the Diaspora had benefited from the banking services in the UK. He further noted that the Bank had a robust online banking system, personalized services, and relationship managers that operate 24 hrs. He encouraged the Diaspora to make use of these services.
The KCB Chief Executive Officer Mr. Joshua Oigara thanked the High Commissioner for gracing the event and encouraged the Diaspora to Partner with the Bank. He noted that the Kenyan economy is projected to grow at an impressive rate of 6% in 2017 with the key investment sectors being Energy, ICT, Infrastructure, Real Estate, and Agriculture. Mr. Oigara further noted that Kenya was becoming an Innovation Centre in the Sub- Region. He called on the Diaspora to tap into the emerging investment opportunities in Kenya and to seek for the advice from the Bank which is recognized for its sound and valuable support to investors in Kenya.
Mr. Julius Mbaluto, the Chief Editor East African Informer, noted that the Kenya- Asian Community in the UK has a well-documented heritage and is proud to be associated with Kenya. He informed that the Kenya- Asian Community has been supportive to the Kenyan Diaspora in the UK.
The High Commissioner was accompanied by the Commercial Counsellor, Mrs. Anne Kamau.