Uhuru’s May Schedule – President Kenyatta’s hectic schedule this month has him traveling across the world even as he gets ready to embark on the campaign trail ahead of the August 8 General Election.
The President’s activities start tomorrow when he is expected to attend the 26th Governing Council of the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat).
The Conference whose theme is “opportunities for effective implementation of the New Urban Agenda”, is expected to set the political tone and shape the implementation of the New Urban Agenda.
State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu says Uhuru will also host President Patrice Talon of Benin within the week. The two leader are expected to discuss matters of mutual interest to both Kenya and Benin.
When President Talon leaves, Uhuru will travel to London to attend the Third London Conference on Somalia on May 11.
The conference will be the third one of its kind where the international community discusses ways to inject new momentum into the political process to stabilize Somalia; to strengthen AMISOM and help Somalia develop its own security forces; to help build stability, and to tackle pirates and terrorists.
Uhuru’s May schedule will also have him heading to China to attend the Belt and Road Forum after the London conference.
He will join 28 other heads of state at the roundtable summit on May 15 whose theme is “Strengthening International Cooperation and Co-building the ‘Belt and Road’ for Win-Win Development”.
The forum focuses on the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiated by China. Kenya is one of the countries covered by the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
Esipisu told journalists at State House, Nairobi that the initiative aims at promoting common development through win-win cooperation. He said Kenya stands to benefit immensely from the Chinese initiative as it is a natural maritime route.
“Through the LAPSSET project, this creates an extension of the Maritime Silk Road. This will create massive economic advantages for Kenya,” Esipisu said.
On a bilateral level, Kenya and China’s relations remain strong and as a result of this partnership, Kenya has benefited with some of the significant projects being the standard gauge railway and the first three berths at the Lamu Port.