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Nairobi, July 23, 2008

President Mwai Kibaki meets the President of the Coca-Cola East and Central Africa, Mr. Nathan Kalumbu when he called on him at His Harambee House, office. Looking on is Senior Manager, Dr. Nelson Githinji and Public Affairs and Communication Director, Mrs. Norah Odwesso.

President Kibaki welcomes Coca-cola Headquaters to Kenya

President Mwai Kibaki has welcomed the decision by Coca Cola Company to make Nairobi its regional Headquarters.

President Kibaki who, today at his Harambee Office, held talks with senior representatives of the Coca-Cola East and Central Africa region said the gesture was an indication that the Company had confidence in Kenya.

During their talks President Kibaki thanked the international beverage manufacturer, Coca-Cola, for reaffirming its commitment to Kenya’s economic development.

President Kibaki noted that his Government was committed to making Kenya the country of choice for key multinationals and other investors as envisioned in the Vision 2030.

He noted that the Government has instituted comprehensive measures to reduce the cost of establishing and doing business in the country with the aim of creating enough jobs for Kenya’s youth.

Coca-Cola East and Central Africa President, Mr. Nathan Kalumbu, said that Kenya’s strategic position in Africa could serve the region and the continent at large very efficiently.

Mr Kalumbu said that Coca-Cola was constructing an ultra modern office block at a cost of 10 million US dollars scheduled to be officially opened later this year as an indication of the confidence the multinational had in Kenya’s economic potential.

He revealed that the beverage maker was also in the process of expanding and investing in the already existing Coca-Cola bottling plants in the country among them Equator, Coastal, Kisii and Nairobi Bottlers.

Mr Kalumbu reaffirmed the company’s support and commitment to remain a long-term development partner with the Government in all spheres of life including the ongoing reconciliation and healing process in the country.

In attendance were Internal Security Minister, Prof George Saitoti, Head of Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet, Amb. Francis Muthaura and Foreign Affairs, Permanent Secretary, Mr Thuita Mwangi.


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