Media Credential Applications for the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES)

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY

June 16, 2015

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ONLY
NOT FOR REPORTING, BROADCAST OR OTHER DISTRIBUTION

Media Credential Applications for the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES)

Deadline to apply is June 29, 2015

The Governments of Kenya and the United States are pleased to announce the availability of media accreditation applications for the 2015 GES to be held July 24-26, 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Launched by President Obama in 2009, GES brings together entrepreneurs and investors from across Africa and around the world annually to showcase innovative projects, exchange new ideas, and help spur economic opportunity. The 2015 GES agenda will focus on generating new investments for entrepreneurs, with a particular focus on women and youth. The selection of Nairobi as host city for the 2015 GES underscores how Africa -- notably Kenya -- has become a center for innovation and entrepreneurship. Kenya is a world leader in mobile money systems, like m-pesa, and a driver of innovation through technology research and incubation labs like “iHub.”

Since 2009, GES has emerged as a global platform connecting emerging entrepreneurs with leaders from business, international organizations, and governments looking to support them. This is the first time GES will take place in sub-Saharan Africa.

ACCREDITATION AND ACCESS

Members of the media wishing to cover the 2015 GES in Nairobi – including limited access to remarks by President Obama and President Kenyatta -- and/or enter the press filing center, must apply for a GES media credential no later than 10:00 a.m. EDT / 5:00 p.m. EAT on June 29, 2015. Only those with both a government-issued photo ID and a GES -issued media credential will be granted access to the GES site. Application for a credential does not guarantee issuance.

To apply for 2015 GES media credentials, please visit: https://ges2015.iglobalreg.com/public/apply/mediapublic

The deadline to apply is 10:00 a.m. EDT / 5:00 p.m. EAT on June 29, 2015. Any credential applications received after this deadline will not be issued.

Further details regarding the GES agenda and additional press opportunities will be made available shortly.

Please note that GES media credentials will not facilitate access to events on President Obama’s non-GES schedule.

ADDITIONAL TECHNICAL DETAILS
Members of the media interested in live truck parking may inquire about availability by submitting an email to summitmedia@state.gov. Additional technical details regarding media availabilities and the press filing center are available through our website:  www.GES2015.org

VISAS AND CUSTOMS
Media planning to travel to Kenya are strongly urged to start the Kenyan visa application process as soon as possible regardless of the GES accreditation process. Visa approval does not guarantee accreditation, nor vice-versa.

Media Equipment: Media bringing in significant equipment (from outside Kenya) to the Summit should contact summit@president.go.ke for further information and assistance, and be prepared to submit Form CB-10, available at: http://www.kra.go.ke/customs/pdf/forms/CB10-BOND_FOR_THE_RE-EXPORTATION_OF_IMPORTED_GOODS_DELIVERED_WITHOUT_PAYMENT_OF_DUTY.pdf

RECOMMENDED HOTELS
Additional details regarding recommended hotels is available through our website: www.GES2015.org

Please email summitmedia@state.gov (U.S. 2015 GES Media Office), AND summit@president.go.ke (State House 2015 GES Support Office) with any logistical media inquiries. 

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