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State Senator Andy Dinniman will host Peter N.R.O. Ogego, Kenyan Ambassador to the United States, on an official visit to the state capitol in Harrisburg on Tuesday, January 30.

“This will be the Ambassador’s first visit to our state capitol. It is an opportunity that we could not pass up,” Sen. Dinniman said. “It is crucial that we, as Pennsylvanians, recognize our place in the world and reach out to work with others to make it a better place.”

The day will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a reception held by Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll in her office. Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro A. Cortes, Secretary of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Dennis Yablonski, DCED’s Director of International Business Development Peter O’Neil and several business representatives involved in trade with Kenya have been invited.

Next, Ambassador Ogego will attend a joint reception held by Sen. Dinniman, Sen. Vincent Hughes and Sen. Constance Williams in the Senate Democratic Caucus room from 11:30 to 1 p.m.. All 50 Senators and executive staff members have been invited.

Around 1:30 p.m. the Senate will reconvene and Ambassador Ogego is slated to give remarks on the floor.

Sen. Dinniman met Ambassador Ogego in December through his work with the International Food and Health Organization (IFHO), a charity founded in 2004 by Kenyan-born West Chester University graduate Lawrence Kiragu and his wife Mary Angela Murage. The group works to ensure that AIDS patients have access to medical care, sanitary conditions and opportunities to live productive lives without relying on governmental or international aid.

“With technological advances and population growth, the world is getting smaller every day. In our global society and economy trips like this really make a difference. They help build bridges, connecting people and goals,” Sen. Dinniman said.