President Kenyatta to attend G7 Summit in Italy Thursday

May 21, 2017 2:22 pm
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“The President has been invited to speak specifically on the timelines and challenges brought about by innovation as a factor of economic growth and development on the African continent,” Esipisu said/CFM NEWS

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 21- President Uhuru Kenyatta is due to attend the 43rd Group of Seven (G7) Summit next week in Taormina, Italy.

Kenya is among four African states invited to the summit, the others being Ethiopia, Tunisia and Nigeria.

According to State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu who spoke during his weekly address on Sunday, President Kenyatta is expected to make an address during the summit which will run from May 26 to 27 whose theme is, “Building the Foundations of Renewed Trust.”

“The President has been invited to speak specifically on the timelines and challenges brought about by innovation as a factor of economic growth and development on the African continent,” Esipisu said.

The G7 comprises Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States all of whom represent over 60 per cent of the global net wealth.

Esipisu noted that the invitation of President Kenyatta to the G7 meeting was a testament to the leading role Kenya is playing in technological advancements in the continent and her growing influence on the global stage.

“This is a massive recognition of the strides that Kenya is making and has made in the technology area for which we are now a recognised leader,” he said.

Estimates indicate that the G7 nations account for at least 46 per cent of the global Gross Domestic Product and slightly over 30 per cent of the purchasing power globally.

The summit is also expected to discuss foreign policy, global threats and economy, and review economic co-ordination.

Esipisu said that the Head of State will present arguments on how to foster inclusive economic growth and how the region is working on security.

“It is a suitable profile for Kenya to engage with the world and bring value on future decisions of the G7 on how to partner for innovation-driven growth in Africa,” he said.

Italy currently holds the presidency of the G7.

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