, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 24 – Deputy President William Ruto will be leaving the country on Tuesday to attend the 17th Summit of the COMESA Heads of State and Government in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Deputy President will be representing President Uhuru Kenyatta at the summit that will take place in Kinshasa between February 26 and 27.
The meeting is expected to deliberate the status of implementation of the COMESA Free Trade Area, progress on the Implementation of the COMESA Customs Union and COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Agenda.
Peace and security, infrastructure programmes, agriculture, environment and related sectors will also top the agenda.
Two major issues affecting Kenya including COMESA sugar safeguards measures and Non-Tariff barriers will also be discussed at the meeting.
Thereafter, Ruto will represent the President and Government during Nigeria’s Centenary celebrations on February 27.
The last summit was hosted by Uganda in November 23 and 24, 2012 under the theme ‘Enhancing Intra-COMESA Trade through Micro, Small and medium, Enterprises Development’.
Meanwhile the current chairperson, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, is expected to hand over the chairmanship to President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who is the host of the summit.