, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 11 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has left the country for a five-day official visit to Japan.
While in Japan, President Kenyatta will attend the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) to be held in Sendai City.
President Kenyatta is among 15 African leaders invited to the conference.
WCDRR is a UN-hosted conference to discuss international strategies on disaster risk reduction. Japan is hosting the third conference following the first conference in Yokohama in 1994 and second conference in Kobe in 2005.
Japan, as an advanced country in disaster risk reduction, has been actively leading discussions toward the formulation of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction to be adopted at this conference.
President Kenyatta is also scheduled to hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe aimed at bolstering relations between the two countries.
The president’s visit will also address concerns on trade imbalance between Kenya and Japan.
Kenya has a long standing relationship with Japan, covering key aspects of cooperation in the economic, political as well as socio-cultural areas.
Kenya’s development cooperation with Japan is anchored on the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD) Yokohama Action Plan.
This Action Plan, under the “Yokohama Declaration,” is designed to provide a road map for the support of African growth and development under the TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) process.
The plane carrying President Kenyatta and his delegation departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 4pm and was seen off by senior government officials led by Deputy President William Ruto.