President Uhuru Kenyatta Invited to G20 Summit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta has been given a new offer to represent the African continent at the G20 Summit which will be held in July.

    The President, who is currently in Italy for the G7 Summit, was invited to the July Forum by German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a representative of the African cause.

    Kenyatta will attend the meeting which will be held in Hamburg, Germany.

    President Kenyatta made history earlier in the day by becoming the first Kenyan Head of State to address the G7 meeting which comprises of seven leaders of the world’s most industrialised countries.

    During the address, Kenyatta pointed out that Africa’s transformation is contingent on innovation in which Kenya is a celebrated pioneer in the continent, especially in ICT.

    “This is the time to put Africa’s aspirations at the heart of your plans. A freer, more prosperous Africa is a vital partner in solving some of the world’s most pressing problems: poverty, immigration, climate change, terrorism,” President Kenyatta told the Summit.

    His sentiments were echoed by Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni who emphasised the importance of dialogue with Africa and the need for G7 to continue to be involved in trade and aid.

    US President Donald Trump also assured of his support to the G7’s resolutions on Africa, while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke on partnering with the continent on tech projects in health where, he said, real progress can be made.

    President Kenyatta arrived in Italy on Friday accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta where he met President Trump for the first time.

    He was among the four Heads of State who were invited for the Summit with others being Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Tunisia President Beji Caid Essebsi.

    The Group of Seven (G7) is an informal bloc of industrialised democracies (the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom) that meet annually to discuss issues such as global economic governance, international security, and energy policy.

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