President Uhuru attends Commonwealth summit.

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President Kenyatta with other Heads of Government at the Commonwealth leaders’ summit on April 19, 2018. Photo: PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta on April 19, joined other Heads of Government at the Commonwealth leaders’ summit whose objective is to increase world prosperity.
 
The opening ceremony of the summit was held at the Buckingham Palace and was presided over by Queen Elizabeth II.
 
The summit is being attended by the leaders of countries that are members of the Commonwealth of Nations and is focusing on mechanism to boost intra-commonwealth trade to $2 trillion.
 
Trade and investment between Kenya and post-Brexit Britain are one of the priority issues on President Kenyatta’s agenda during the summit.
 
The UK has been a strong trading and diplomatic partner for Kenya. 220 UK companies worth £2.7 billion operate in Kenya and employ 250,000 Kenyans.
 
President Kenyatta is a strong supporter of intra-Africa trade and has championed the adoption of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
 
The agenda for the Commonwealth leaders includes talks on the promotion of inclusive and sustainable economic growth, supporting small and vulnerable states and recognition of opportunities for economic development from the ocean.
 
The President is in the UK to market Kenya as a preferred investor destination.
 
On Tuesday, the President was given the honour of ringing in business at the London Stock Exchange where he also addressed investors on the vast business opportunities existing in Kenya.
 
On Tuesday afternoon, he attended a Kenya-UK business forum where investors showed increased appetite for investment in Kenya especially in the area of geothermal power development and the establishment of an international arbitration centre in Nairobi.
 
On Wednesday, the President participated in an Africa Leaders Roundtable where he spoke on the benefits of intra-Africa trade and its usefulness in making Africa prosperous.
 
On the same day, the President spoke at a Global Malaria Summit where he stressed that the eradication of malaria is at the top of his four pillar economic agenda for sustainable development in Kenya.