Uhuru Kenyatta on Belgium, UK, Turkey Tour

President Uhuru Kenyatta will Tuesday begin a two-week official trip that will take him to Belgium, Rwanda, Turkey and the United Kingdom.  He will end his tour in London, where he will hold meetings on trade, while supporting First Lady Margaret Kenyatta who will run in the London Marathon on April 13.

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Mr Kenyatta will fly to Brussels for the European Union-Africa Summit that begins on April 2, and runs for three days.

He will present Kenya’s case on a number of global issues and represent the East African Community (EAC) — in his role as current chairman — focusing on infrastructure, trade and regional integration.

On some of the critical Kenyan issues, the President will emphasise the progress Kenyan women and young people have made during his first year in office.

The Treasury, for example, has to date allocated $29.88 million to the Women Enterprise Fund, which has benefited 707,435 people. The Uwezo Fund was established to empower young people with interest-free start-up capital for small and micro-businesses.

Security

The government expects up-take of the first Sh6 billion under the programme in weeks.

On regional security, Mr Kenyatta will highlight recent events in Somalia, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Egypt, Madagascar and Mali. He will explain how Kenya has shouldered the burden of refugees.

Mr Kenyatta will visit Rwanda on April 6 and 7, partly in his role as chair of EAC. He will also attend events to mark the 20th commemoration of the 1994 genocide.

He will then visit Turkey from April 8 to 10, focusing on improving bilateral trade. Kenya is also interested in learning from Turkey’s successful textile and leather industries; their expertise and experience offer a major growth opportunity for local manufacturing.

The President will be accompanied by a large business delegation, which will hold a forum with its Turkish counterparts. The delegation is meeting its own costs.

He will end his tour in London, where he will hold meetings on trade, while supporting First Lady Margaret Kenyatta who will run in the London Marathon on April 13 to raise money for her Beyond Zero campaign, which targets improved maternal health and nutrition.

– Business Daily