By Innocent Ojara
NAIROBI -President Yoweri Museveni is in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi attending the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and High-Level business summit that kicked off this morning on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at Kenyatta International Conference Centre.
The President will address a Presidential Public-Private Roundtable together with other Heads of State from other African Countries about several issues on African trade.
Some of the issues to be tackled include; setting the tone on the Continental Free Trade Area opportunities for Africa, the future of COMESA, The Tripartite Free Trade Area and African Continental Free Trade Area, engage and interface with regional business leaders and entrepreneurs attending the COMESA Trade and Business Summit.
During the two-day summit, the presidents will also engage and interface with regional business leaders and entrepreneurs attending the COMESA International Trade Fair and High-Level Business Summit.
The 3rd Kenya Trade Week and Exposition 2019 are hosting the fair under the theme, “Powering Regional Integration.”
The week-long trade expo is aimed at promoting manufacturers’ competitiveness, value addition for quality industrial output, and advancing cross border trade and inter-business linkages among member states is being jointly organised by the COMESA Business Council (CBC), Export Promotion Agencies and Private Sector Associations of the 21 COMESA member and Kenya Association of Manufacturers.
Other heads of State present at the summit includes, H.E Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory, President of the Republic of Mauritius, H.E Edgar Lungu, President of Zambia and host President Uhuru Kenyatta.
President Museveni arrived in Kenya on Tuesday evening where he was received at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization Hon. Aden Mohamed, Uganda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Sam Kutesa, Uganda’s Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya Mr. Nathan Ndoboli, the Consular General in Mombasa Mr. Katurebe Tayebwa, together with other Senior High Commission Officials.