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Global events show Kenya is safe for business, tourism

The two events include 14th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in July and 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) in August/FILE

The two events include 14th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in July and 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) in August/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 29 – Over 10,000 visitors expected to attend two major events this year, is a sign that Kenya is indeed a safe and secure destination for investments business and tourism.

Devolution and Planning Principal Secretary Saitoti Torome says just like the Global Entrepreneurship Summit held in July 2015, the two events also cements Kenya’s position as a global economic and trade player.

The two events include 14th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in July and 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) in August.

“Under the World investment forum, the conference will provide a platform for engagement and effective networking for investors and members of the business community,” Torome said during a media briefing on Wednesday.

On UNCTAD Torome says final preparations are on top gear with the National Preparatory Committee handling all the logistical issues including, accommodation, protocol, transport, security and accreditation and conference facilities.

The conference is expected to be attended by over 7,000 delegates comprising of government officials, 2,000 business and civil society representatives.

The conference is expected to provide a pathway for the international community to mobilize all available financial, human and entrepreneurial resources to foster inclusive growth, eradicate poverty and accelerate sustainable development.

“The government commenced the preparations for the conference in December 2015 and appointed a multi-stakeholder National Preparatory Committee comprising of government officials, private sector, youth and Civil society forum,” Torome said.

This will be the second UNCTAD to be held in Kenya, four decades later after the one held in 1976.

Meanwhile the TICAD VI will be graced by the distinguished presence of the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and officially opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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It will also be attended by a majority of the 54 African Heads of State and Government, as well as representatives of the global development finance community.

Other than these two events, Kenya will later host the Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnerships for Effective Development Cooperation, from h November 28 to December 1, 2016.

The aim of the meeting will be to amplify the impact of positive development cooperation over the next fifteen years.

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