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  • Title: [SW News] (Daily Nation-Nairobi) Black caucus fetes Moi in the US
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Friday, February 18, 2000 
Black caucus fetes Moi in the US
President Moi, who arrived in Washington on Wednesday, attended a reception
hosted in his honour by the Congressional Black Caucus. 
President Moi lauded their efforts to promote the African agenda in the US
Congress and hoped the caucus will help educate Americans on the right
perspective of the African people. 
The President encouraged American businessmen to invest in Africa noting
that investment in the appropriate sectors could help alleviate many
problems on the continent. 
He said hunger and Aids were some of the calamities on the continent which
Americans could help alleviate. 
The President noted that support was particularly needed in the efforts to
establish the US-Aids marshal plan for Africa. 
He said it was unfortunate that Africa has all along been portrayed
negatively by the media inspite of its huge potential. 
President Moi appealed to the US to consider placing more countries,
including Kenya, under its debt relief plan, so that more resources could be
directed towards provision of services and debt repayment. 
The President emphasised the importance of peace on the continent and said
the US could play a pivotal role in this direction. 
President Moi was introduced to the gathering by Mr Donald Payne, chairman
of the Congressional Black Caucus task force on Africa. 
Mr Payne lauded President Moi's service to the public which spans half a
century including 22 years as President. 
Meanwhile, President Moi held talks with US Secretary of Transportation, Mr
Rodney Slater. 
The President especially said there was a high economic potential in the
horn of Africa if communication systems were well developed to open the
region to outside markets. 
In this connection, President Moi cited his recent visit to Ethiopia where
he discussed the possibility of a railway connection between Kenya and
Ethiopia with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. 
Mr Slater said there was need to improve the open skies program between
Kenya and the US with increased flights between the two countries. 
Noting that Kenya had strategic importance in the whole of African region,
Mr Slater observed that with improved communication, Kenya could be a hub
for business in the region. 
He said America will explore the possibilities of assisting Kenya in the
transport sector. 
Present were ministers Dr Boyana Godana and Joseph Nyagah and the Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr Sally Kosgei. (PPS) 

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