The White House announced Monday morning that President Obama will travel to Kenya this July for the annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which the Kenyan government has agreed to co-host this year.
“His trip will build on the success of the August 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and continue our efforts to work with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Kenya, to accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions, and improve security,” the White House said in a statement.
Obama’s trip will be his fourth to sub-Saharan Africa since becoming president, said the White House. It will be his first to his father’s homeland since his 2008 election. He did not visit Kenya during his last major trip to Africa in 2013 amid charges of crimes against humanity against the country’s leader, Uhuru Kenyatta, at the International Criminal Court.
Obama has indicated on several occasions that he would likely visit the country before the end of his presidency.
The sixth annual summit will attempt to connect “emerging entrepreneurs with leaders from business, international organizations, and governments looking to support them.” The White House called the event a “global platform” for deepening relationships between the U.S. government, local leaders and communities.
The 2014 summit was hosted in Morocco.