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President Uhuru Kenyatta leaves for Africa-Arab Summit in Kuwait

By PSCU | Published Mon, November 18th 2013 at 00:00, Updated November 17th 2013 at 23:57 GMT +3
President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks during the launch of Huduma Kenya, a one-stop-shop for public services in the country. (Photo:Mbugua Kibera/Standard)

By James Mwambai

Nairobi, Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta will Monday, travel to the State of Kuwait for a three day official visit.

The plane carrying President Kenyatta and his delegation departs Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 9am.

The President will be joining more than 65 other leaders from Africa and the Arab world for the third Africa-Arab economic summit.

The Summit, whose theme is, “Partners in Development and Investment", is expected to launch a new phase of Arab-African joint cooperation.

The forum also provides a platform for African and Arab business actors to meet policy makers at national, regional and continental levels and share ideas on improving the business climate.

Participants at the forum are public and private sector leaders, Arab, African, regional and international organizations, specialized institutions, intellectuals and the civil society from both regions.

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Egypt and Libya hosted the inaugural and second Summits in 1977 and 2009 respectively to define the principles and framework of collective and individual actions that need to be taken to the next level of regional cooperation.

President Kenyatta is also expected to hold bilateral talks with the summit host, The Emir of Kuwait, His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah.

Kenya and Kuwait have had cordial relations and so far the country has received over Sh7 billion in aid from Kuwait in the past six years which has been utilised in the rehabilitation of road infrastructure, health and education sector.


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