On Tuesday, Deputy UK High Commissioner Susie Kitchens attended the Innopreneur bootcamp at the Acacia Premier Hotel in Kisumu.
She was greeted on arrival by Youth Enterprise Development Fund Chairman Ronnie Osumba and addressing attendees, Ms Kitchens explained there were many opportunities available for innovative young people through the Commonwealth Youth Programme and Youth Fund.
The forum brought together innovators, techies, inventors and incubates for a debate on how innovation can be converted into a commercial enterprise to help realise the Kenyan government’s Big Four Agenda and nation building.
— Youth Fund (@YouthFund_Ke) December 4, 2018
Among the groups represented at the forum were tech community LakeHub and Rio Fish, who sell tilapia farmed in fish cages with plans to launch a fish market in Kisumu.
Commenting after her visit, Ms Kitchens said it was “Great to hear about the innovation and enterprise bursting out of Kisumu,” adding she hopes partnerships with the UK can be forged.
Yesterday morning, the Deputy High Commissioner appeared on Kisumu’s Urban Radio. During the interview, she covered how UK-Lake region partnerships are being supported in economic development by the Department for International Development (DfID), job creation schemes by the Department for International Trade (DIT) along with agtech and innovation by the Science and Innovation Network (SIN).
Deputy British High Commisioner @SusieKitchens was at @UrbanRadio254 this morning. Issues she spoke on included; UK partnership on economic development, job creation thro' tech innovation & entrepreneurship. pic.twitter.com/lXnc7XEfzy
— UK in Kenya (@UKinKenya) December 5, 2018
Arsenal supporter Ms Kitchens was even asked about yesterday evening’s football fixture by Manchester United fan Chris Okinda which ended in a 2-2 draw for the two clubs.
Later, during a meeting with Kisumu County Commisioner Pauline Dola, the Deputy High Commissioner discussed regional security and reiterated the UK’s commitment to supporting the region in the areas of good governance, youth empowerment and inclusivity.