Earlier today Strive Masiyiwa, the founder of Zimbabwe’s largest telecoms company, Econet Wireless, met the president of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. Masiyiwa met Kenyatta in Nairobi as part of a delegation of investors and entrepreneurs being courted to invested in Kenya.
The delegation of investors and entrepreneurs included billionaire Richard Branson and Jacqueline Novogratz.
Uhuru Kenyatta said about the meeting:
We explored how to make the most of Kenya’s abundant potential for green energy. The proposed renewables project would benefit the 50% Kenyans who are yet to access electricity. Investors in this initiative have chosen Kenya because the Government is ready to listen to ideas and help implement them. The project would cover Kenya and Rwanda, before being rolled out to other parts of the African continent. Both countries will serve as models.
The interesting thing ofcourse is that in his own country, Zimbabwe, Masiyiwa had to fight the government for 5 years just to implement a business idea. More interesting is that even today, government makes working conditions hard for the company and threatens it even though Econet is one of largest contributors to the economy in terms of taxes and employment.
Here are some pictures of the meeting that Uhuru Kenyatta posted on his Facebook page.