A Christian non-governmental organisation that has operated in Kenya since 1974 has opened its new regional headquarters in Nairobi with President Uhuru Kenyatta promising a smooth issuance of work permits.
This shows that Kenya’s growing record and portfolio as an investment hub in East Africa is on an upward trajectory despite some glitches with some foreigners’ work permits.
The World Vision headquarters in Karen, Nairobi, will serve as the nerve centre for the World Vision’s operations in the wider Eastern Africa region including Ethiopia and Eritrea.
President Uhuru Kenyatta who officiated at the ceremony said he was pleased and appreciates the role World Vision plays in supporting vulnerable groups in society especially children.
Among the beneficiaries of the organisation’s long-running service in the country including former MP Lina Jebii Kilimo, Supreme Court Judge Justice Isaac Lenaola, Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit, Kajiado East MP Peris Tobiko and Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok among others.
World Vision has more than 6,000 employees in the region. President Kenyatta applauded the organisation for choosing Kenya as its regional hub.
“That you have chosen Kenya for your new regional headquarters is proof of the strength of our partnership, and of your commitment to the children of the region. For our part, we thank you for your years of labour, and we welcome this new commitment,” said President Kenyatta.
The president assured individuals coming to work with reputable organisations like World Vision will not have difficulty getting work permits.
The Head of State said that the issuance of work permits has been made stringent after the government discovered that unscrupulous people were abusing the system and taking advantage of Kenya’s hospitality.
“We welcome visitors who are coming in to improve life for Kenyans,” said Kenyatta.
Just recently, the ministry of transport was at pains trying to explain how the Chinese who are working on the second phase of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) got their permits, and, for which jobs.
In a report by the Standard, the Chinese were accused of mistreating Kenyans despite many of them being in the country for jobs Kenyans could comfortably do like catering, administrative and other non-specialist roles.