Tony Blair meets with British Chamber of Commerce Kenya board and visits Gearbox during Nairobi visit

Tony Blair in Kenya 2019
Tony Blair with the BCCK board. Photo: Twitter/GrahamShawMBE

The board of the British Chamber of Commerce Kenya met with former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday for a meeting during which they emphasized the importance of creating a conducive investment environment for oil, gas and renewable power sources with access to energy being an enabler of the Big 4 agenda in Kenya.

Yesterday, Mr Blair joined Cabinet Secretary at the Ministry of ICT Joe Mucheru at Gearbox, one of Kenya’s leading innovation hubs.

Tony Blair in Kenya 2019
Tony Blair visits Gearbox. Photo: Twitter/InstituteGC

While there, he met with a range of impressive entrepreneurs on the factory floor to hear how the Fourth Industrial Revolution can offer opportunities in advanced manufacturing.

Tony Blair in Kenya 2019
Tony Blair met a number of entrepreneurs on the Gearbox factory floor. Photo: Twitter/InstituteGC

Speaking during the visit, Mr Blair said: “Countries like Kenya are in the forefront of technological change, the question is how we mitigate and manage that change … what Gearbox is showing in a really practical way is how it can be done.”

Tony Blair in Kenya 2019
The former British Prime Minister heard how the Fourth Industrial Revolution can offer opportunities in advanced manufacturing. Photo: Twitter/InstituteGC

Mr Blair was in Kenya for the memorial Service for Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore at All Saints Cathedral. Also attending the British businessman’s funeral were Vodafone Group CEO Nick Read and British High Commissioner Nic Hailey.

The Safaricom CEO passed away on July 1 after a long battle with Acute Myloid Leukemia (AML) and his body was cremated the following day at the Kariokor Hindu Crematorium.

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