Saturday, December 18, 2010

Business Roundtable with Kenyan Ambassador

We were honored to be partnering with Senator Brubaker to host H.E. Ambassador Elkanah Odembo, Kenyan Ambassador to the United States for a business roundtable on December 17th.  The Linden School for Girls in Lititz generously donated space for the event and the US-Kenya Chamber of Commerce was instrumental in arranging this opportunity.   Ambassador Odembo provided an overview of Kenya's growing economy, stressing opportunities in the energy sector.  Here are some highlights:
 Kenya is a Key Trading Partner of the United States

  • Over $1 billion in annual trade (imports and exports)
  • U.S. Exports to Kenya total around $600 million annually
  • U.S. Exports include Aircraft, Industrial Machinery, Electrical Machinery, Vehicles, Cereals, Vegetable Oils, and Coarse Grains with opportunities for more product and service introductions.
Kenya is East Africa’s largest regional economy with a sophisticated and highly deregulated free market that is experiencing aggressive growth in the following sectors:
  •  Infrastructure Development
  • Renewable and Alternative Energy
  •  Information Communications Technologies
  • Finance and Banking
  • Agri-Business and Agro-Processing
  • Tourism and other industries 
  • Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
    Senator Brubaker and Ambassador Odembo

    Saturday, December 4, 2010

    Annual Holiday Luncheon Focus was Poland

    Magda Kubiak and Ann Moffitt
    Over 70 members and guests attended the WTC's annual holiday luncheon at the Out Door Country Club in York this year.  As always, we had one of our members present information about  holidays and gift giving practices in a specific country.  Our featured member was Keystone Human Services and attendees had a chance to learn more about the many services that Keystone provides - not just in the southcentral PA region, but worldwide.  Ann Moffitt, Vice President of Community Development for Keystone Human Services and CEO of Keystone Partnership shared more about the agencies activities in Russia and Moldova and explained how Keystone Human Services hosts foreign social workers and graduate students to introduce them to how social services are administered in the United States.  Ann then turned the program over to Magda Kubiak, a graduate student from Poland currently doing her internship with Keystone Human Services.  Magda gave a wonderful presentation about Polish holiday customs, including the foods associated with various festivities.

    Here is a brief listing of the major holidays in Poland:
    u January, 1st – New Year's Day
    u January, 6th – Epiphany
    u Spring – Easter
    u May, 1st – Labor Day
    u May, 3rd – Constitution Day
    u 9th Thursday after Easter – Corpus Christi
    u August, 15th – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Polish Army Day
    u November, 1st – All Saints' Day
    u November, 11th – Independence Day
    u December 25th, 26th - Christmas

    We would like to thank our sponsors, whose generous support helped make this event possibe:  MANTEC, Inc. and Cumberland County Economic Development.


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