Meeting Mr. Joe Biden

30 June 2010

“Hi, I am Joe Biden and I work for Barack Obama.” Those were the introductory remarks by the United States Vice President in his public lecture given at The Kenyatta International Conference Centre on the 9th of June 2010.

“Hi, I am Joe Biden and I work for Barack Obama.” Those were the introductory remarks by the United States Vice President in his public lecture given at The Kenyatta International Conference Centre on the 9th of June 2010.

The Aga Khan Academy IB1 Business & Management and Economics students were part of the audience that consisted of numerous University and Pre-University students. The trip had been organized as a motivator for the students as a result of their consistence, diligence, and hard work and handing in homework on time.

Mr. Joe Biden had earlier on been welcomed to the podium by Kenya’s very own Nobel Peace Laureate, Professor Wangare Maathai, who sent a message of Kenyan love to President Barack Obama through his number two.

The Vice President touched on issues such as the American Growth and Opportunity Act, Kenya as a strategic Business Hub for East Africa and as a potential destination for American and other foreign direct investors. He urged Kenyans to take charge of their own destiny; after all they have so far managed to develop the strongest non oil economy south if the Sahara!

True to his profession as a politician, he discussed the effects of poor governance on development, tribal conflict, ethnic cleansing, the International Criminal Court and of course the upcoming August 4th Referendum in Kenya.

After the speech it was Question Time, and the following question was asked:
“How would Kenyan and American Educators benefit mutually from the knowledge, insight and technology that they both possess?”

After acknowledging that his wife, Jill Biden was the expert in Education, Mr. Joe Biden went on to take three minutes to answer the question!

The Aga Khan Academy students were prepared to ask some questions as well, but unfortunately time ran out. As if to compensate for that the US Vice President graciously posed for photos with a few lucky students.

In addition, we were also fortunate to have our photo taken with the Nobel Laureate, Wangari Mathai, Lady Justice Mary Angawa and world renowned Kenyan runner, Tecla Lorupe.