President Obama will be visiting Kenya in July for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will be co-hosted by the Kenyan government.
This will be Obama’s second trip to Kenya and his fourth trip to sub-Saharan Africa since his election in 2008. The White House said in a statement Monday that the July trip “will build on the success” of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in August of last year.
“[We will] continue our efforts to work with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Kenya, to accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions and improve security,” read the statement.
The summit, which will run for its sixth consecutive year, will attempt to connect emerging international entrepreneurs with business and governmental leaders that can financially support them. The White House referred to the summit as a “global platform” that has the potential to deepen relations between the U.S. and local communities.
Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz told reporters at a press conference Monday that the president did not, as of yet, have any plans to visit members of his extended Kenyan family. Schultz also said that additional details about the trip are forthcoming.
Obama’s Kenyan heritage has been subjected to much controversy in the past with conspirators claiming him to not be from the U.S. – something the president himself made fun of at the annual Gridiron dinner in Washington earlier this month.
“If I did not love America, I wouldn’t have moved here from Kenya,” Obama, who was born in Hawaii, joked.