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Phyllis Kandie nominated Cabinet Secretary, E.A Affairs, Commerce & Tourism

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President Uhuru Kenyatta nominating Mrs. Phyllis Jepkosgei Kipkingor-Kandie. President Uhuru Kenyatta nominating Mrs. Phyllis Jepkosgei Kipkingor-Kandie.

“We will look to expand tourism to 3 million visitors,” President Uhuru Kenyatta has expressed. Mrs. Phyllis Kandie will be charged with this responsibility. Using the common saying “A picture is one thousand words,” one can say some of this words, “Mrs Kandie appears as someone who can grow Kenya tourism and especially the international market.” Her expanded duties include: East African Affairs and Commerce. If she is able to build her ministry to serve the private sector then she will be creating so many jobs. It is said that one international tourist one day visit is equivalent to a barrel of Oil produced in economic terms for at a minimum the tourist spends $100. 3 million visitors averaging 5 days visits is 15 million new visits or a $1.5 billion new tourism sector.

The introduction by President Uhuru Kenyatta: Mrs. Phyllis Jepkosgei Kipkingor-Kandie was born in Eldama Ravine, Baringo County, in 1986. She joined St. Mary’s University, Canada for her undergraduate where she attained a B.Com (Economics) Degree. She then proceeded to Middlesex University, United Kingdom in1991 and Durham University, UK for her MBA and further training. She is married to Ambassador Julius Kandie and blessed with two children, Lawrence and Simon. She is an investment banker and is currently engaged as a Director, Investment Advisory Services at Standard Investment Bank. She has also served as a regulator within the Capital Markets, energy and agricultural sector. Previously, she was a Business Advisory Consultant for the SME sector having consulted for the World Bank and European Union. She has served in several Boards including the Kenya Revenue Authority. 

Her background, vast experience in different sectors will come in handy as she explores to expand the tourism sector that requires a lot of capital to expand. She might also look to abolish the two charges approach in commerce transactions especially in national parks and hotels. For domestic promotions he could encourage coupon system instead for targeted domestic tourists? The ideas that she explores will be the future of tourism. She could consider looking at why the state of Florida gets 60 million visits, why Singapore is model has the highest per-capita tourists to population and why the U.S. is number one in global tourism income. Diaspora Kenyans could come in handy, if she chooses to use this available resource.    


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