Uhuru confident Tokyo conference will benefit Kenya

President Uhuru Kenyatta at the UN General Assembly
President Uhuru Kenyatta at the UN General Assembly

President Uhuru Kenyatta has exuded confidence that the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), which is set to be held in Kenya in 2016 will be a huge success.

Speaking in a meeting hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the UN Headquarters on Saturday evening, President Kenyatta said the event would showcase Kenya’s growth initiatives and expose to Japan the available opportunities for cooperation and investment.

The event is aimed at strengthening the ties between Africa and Japan as well as other global partners in a bid to achieve a vibrant economy in the continent.

“Africa has decided to pursue a path of sustainable growth that distributes the benefits to as many of our people as possible,” said President Kenyatta.

On his part, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan is ready for partnership with Africa and will bring its dependable technology to support African countries to undertake wide area infrastructure developments.

“We want to utilise our huge and excellent technology to support Africa countries to transform,” said PM Abe.

The Japanese PM said his country will cooperate with Africa in the continent’s efforts to transform the United Nations and also requested support for Japan’s bid to be a non-permanent member of the Security Council.

The TICAD conference is one of the high profile events Kenya has been chosen to hold in recent times.

In July, Kenya successfully hosted the sixth Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) which attracted massive investment avenues for Kenya especially from the United States.

The event was co-chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his US counterpart Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, US energy company, Skypower Global, has announced it will invest a massive Sh450 billion to develop solar power in Kenya.

The company had first signed a deal to invest Sh240 billion for the same initiative during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

Other events that Kenya is set to host include the Africa Travel Association 40th Annual World Congress in November and the 10th World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference in December.

The world tourism congress will provide a unique opportunity for networking and agenda-shaping for Africa tourism stakeholders.

Kenya shares a special bond with the ATA since she was an early founding member and has hosted the first ATA Congress in Africa.

Kenya has maintained its close links with ATA, which is based in the US, by hosting the world congress every ten years.

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