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Uhuru travels to Rwanda for EA business summit

UHURU-BILL-LAUGHNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 16 – President Uhuru Kenyatta left the country Thursday morning for Kigali, Rwanda, to attend the East African Business Summit.

The summit, whose theme is ‘positioning East Africa for inclusive prosperity in 2020 and beyond’, brings together participants drawn from Government and private sector from the East African region.

The highlight of the summit will be a session which will be graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda Thursday that will focus on improving partnerships for inclusive growth.

President Kenyatta and his Rwandan counterpart will give their views on the topic while also acting as panellists for the session.

The summit will later turn its focus on how to stimulate the competitiveness of East African enterprises through deeper regional integration.

Cabinet Secretary of Industrialisation and Enterprise Development Adan Mohammed will be among the panellists during this session.

on Friday, delegates will listen to presentations on regional fiscal policies and how they are being employed to further liberalise and inter-connect East African economies for wealth creation and competitiveness.

Kenya Revenue Authority Commissioner General John Njiraini will join his counterparts from Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania as the main presenters during this session.

The newfound mineral wealth in the region and how best East Africa can benefit from the resources will also be a hot topic during the conference.

The Chief Executive Officer of Athi River Mining Pradeep Paunrana will be among panellists who will discuss how to manage the resources and the opportunities in the mineral wealth value chains.

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Other topics that will be discussed at the conference include how to accelerate m-commerce and regional labour policies and practices.

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore, Kenya Association of Manufacturers CEO Betty Maina and the Director and Africa Head of Airtel Money Chidi Okpala will be among key speakers at the summit.

Nation Media Group CEO Linus Gitahi is also among the key speakers at the conference.

The conference has also dedicated time for deliberations on how the private sector can play a bigger role in contributing to regional peace and security.

Discussions on regional security will be led by the United Nations with a presentation whose theme is ‘the role of private sector in crisis and conflict prevention, preparedness and response in East Africa’.

The President was seen off at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by Deputy President William Ruto.

Senior Government officials who were at the airport to see off the President included Cabinet Secretary for Internal Security Joseph ole Lenku, Chief of Defence Forces Gen Julius Karangi, Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo among others.

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