President Uhuru Kenyatta Expected in Canada for G7 Summit

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Tuesday leave for Canada where he will attend the G7 Summit after receiving an invitation from Canadian Prime Minister Justine Trudeau

    Kenya will participate in the summit that traditionally incorporates Canada, USA, United Kingdom, German, France, Italy and Japan since they are the seven most developed nations in the world.

    The meeting will take place on Friday and Saturday with the focus being on economic growth, climate change and security.

    Trudeau personally extended the invitation when he held talks with President Kenyatta at Lancaster House, London, UK, on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.

    [caption caption="President Uhuru Kenyatta with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau during bilateral talks in London"][/caption]

    The two leaders also reached an agreement for Kenya and Canada to partner on the blue economy and find ways of harnessing ocean resources to support economic growth.

    Trudeau accepted President Uhuru’s request for Canada to co-host the Oceans Conference in Kenya in November this year.

    Uhuru stated: “We see this as an important opportunity to entrench the message that we need to continue to do everything in our power to fight poverty."

    The President added: "If we don’t fight poverty, it will lead to immigrants from poor countries seeking new pastures in Western countries, with the potential to negatively affect them.” 

    On his part, Trudeau maintained that Canada was pleased with Kenya’s offer to organise and host the conference, given that there was a renewed focus on oceans and their potential to support economic progress.

    [caption caption="President Uhuru Kenyatta with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau"][/caption]

    This will be will be the 44th G7 summit and second time President Kenyatta is attending after being present at the 43rd where he met US President Donald Trump.