NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 6 – The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Summit scheduled to take place in Nairobi on Thursday and Friday has been postponed to January with the venue changed to Ethiopia.
In a press statement, State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said the Summit was postponed and the venue changed to Addis Ababa to allow African Union countries which are not part of the 35 subscribed to the APRM, take part.
“The summit will now be held on the margins of the African Union meetings in Addis Ababa in January,” he stated.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was elected Chairman of APRM during the AU Summit held in South Africa in June, taking over from Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
The organisers, the Ministry of Devolution and Planning, had already spent millions in preparation of the event, including on full newspaper page adverts and on billboards.
Hotels and other tourism related service providers will also likely suffer a set back with 15 African Heads of State and government together with their delegations, having been expected to participate in the two day event that was to take place at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).
The other high profile international events Kenya was set to host in the next few months include next year’s Tokyo International Conference on Africa’s Development (TICAD).
In December, Kenya is set to be the first African country to host a World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference.
Another major world event in the books is the 70th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) which takes place later in the month in New York.
It will be the second UNGA President Uhuru Kenyatta will participate in after skipping the 68th, on his inauguration, for the reason that both he and his deputy William Ruto could not be out of the country at the same time; Ruto was to be before the Hague based International Criminal Court.
It was the first time, since independence, that Kenya was not represented at the General Assembly.
The Assembly takes place days after Kenya’s mission to the United Nations sent a protest note to the Assembly of State Parties in objection to the International Criminal Court’s decision to apply amendments to Rule 68 of procedure in the case Deputy President William Ruto is facing.