The Head of State noted that the music festival was paving the way for stronger integration of the East African region given that 400 students from Uganda took part in this year’s edition.
“As I advised during the National Drama Festival Concert in April this year, it is important that structures be put in place for collaboration and participation by all EAC States,” he said.
President Kenyatta urged other partner states to come on board and make cultural exchanges between East African schools and colleges a reality.
President Kenyatta directed the departments of culture and tourism to develop strategies to use the festival to contribute to national development.
“Our festivals should be marketed fully to be attended by many music enthusiasts locally and internationally,” said the President.
He noted that this year’s festival theme ‘Nurturing Innovative Competencies for Economic Prosperity’ was well chosen.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said the next edition of the festival will be attended by schools from all East African countries.
He said the ministry is in the process of reforming the curriculum to place talent at a central place.