The United States and Kenya have enjoyed cordial relations since Kenya's independence. More than 7,000 U.S. citizens live in Kenya, and as many as 25,000 Americans visit Kenya annually. About two-thirds of the resident Americans are missionaries and their families. U.S. business investment is estimated to be more than $285 million, primarily in commerce, light manufacturing, and the tourism industry.
U.S. assistance to Kenya promotes broadbased economic development as the basis for continued progress in political, social, and related areas of national life. U.S. aid strategy is designed to achieve four major objectives--health care, including family planning and AIDS prevention; increasing rural incomes by assisting small enterprises and boosting agricultural productivity; sustainable use of natural resources; and strengthening democratic institutions. The U.S. also is helping the Kenyan victims of the August 7, 1998 bombing of the American embassy to recover and rebuild. The Peace Corps has more than 111 volunteers in Kenya.
U.S. Special Forces have operated from a Camp Simba, a Kenyan naval base, beginning “a few years” prior to 2007. On 20 March 2012, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Europe Africa Southwest Asia (NAVFAC EURAFSWA) issued a pre-solicitation notice indicating that it planned to issue a Best Value Request for Proposal for up to 5 Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Multiple Award Construction Contracts (MACC), both at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, Africa, as well as other Africa locations with NAVFAC's area of responsibility (notably Camp Simba, Kenya). This notice did not constitute a request for proposal, request for quote, or an invitation for bid. A similar Best Value Request for Proposal for up to 5 MACCs at Africa locations including Camp Lemonier and Camp Simba was issued by NAVFAC EURAFSWA on 22 May 2012.
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