, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 11 – President Uhuru Kenyatta Wedneday travelled to Kigali, Rwanda, to attend the 26th World Economic Forum (WEF).
The forum – which will focus on how to connect African resources through digital transformation –will be attended by thousands of eminent personalities from across the globe including leading entrepreneurs, leaders of international organisations, policy makers and several Heads of State.
The forum provides a platform for dialogue between Africa’s private, public and civil society sectors with a view to exploring existing economic opportunities, understanding the challenges to Africa’s economic prospects, understanding the needs of various stakeholders and mobilising support for strategic interventions.
President Kenyatta is expected to close the plenary session of the Grow Africa Investment Forum. The Grow Africa Investment Forum – established by the African Union, the World Economic Forum and NEPAD – focuses primarily on increasing private investment in Agriculture in order to ensure agriculture-led economic growth, in accordance with the Malabo Declaration which Kenya adopted alongside the rest of the continent in 2014.
The President is keen to rally support for increased investment in Kenya’s agricultural sector and to explore avenues of leveraging technology and innovation to enhance the country’s agricultural sector while protecting small scale farmers.
The Head of State will speak generally at the WEF to the question of whether Africa’s economic growth is rising or falling. Kenya has recently experienced robust growth relative to Sub-Saharan Africa and the wider international community. Unfortunately many African economies – including some of the largest economies – have experienced setbacks that have brought them to near stagnation.
President Kenyatta is optimistic about the continent and expresses confidence that through diversification, industrialisation and increased investments in key sectors such as energy, infrastructure, education and health, strong and visionary leadership and greater regional cooperation, Africa will prosper.
On Thursday, the President will be in Uganda to witness the inauguration of President Yoweri Museveni.
The plane carrying President Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 9.00 a.m.
They were seen off by Deputy President William Ruto and other senior Government officials.