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Monday, 08 May 2017 21:56 EATlmakena@kenyafreepress.com
President Uhuru Kenyatta is set for a busy schedule this month of May as he handles local and foreign engagements even as he gets ready to embark on the busy campaign trail ahead of August polls. The president's schedule started this morning when he attended the 26th Governing Council of United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) in Nairobi. The conference, whose theme is Opportunities for Effective Implementation of the New Urban Agenda will run until May 12th.
The president held talks with the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr Peter Thomson, on the need for the UN to increase funding for the efforts to stabilise Somalia and urged the UN to do more to support the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) so that the force can play a bigger role in supporting the government of Somalia and neutralise the terrorist threats in the country.
The President will travel to the UK this Thursday for the Third London Conference on Somalia. The visit on May 11 will mark an important phase of the collaboration between Kenya and UK on international efforts to stabilize Somalia and will be the third visit by the president to London on the subject.
The London conference follows the previous two where the international community agreed 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.
After the London Conference, President Uhuru Kenyatta will travel to China to attend Belt and Road forum. “President Kenyatta will join 28 others Heads of State to attend the leaders’ roundtable summit on May 15 at the forum whose theme is “Strengthening International Cooperation and Co-building the ‘Belt and Road’ for Win-Win Development”, according to a statement from his spokesman.
The forum focuses on the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiated by China. Kenya is part of the countries covered by 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. “The initiative aims to promote common development through win-win cooperation,” said a brief from State House.
He said Kenya stands to benefit immensely from the Chinese initiative since it is a natural maritime route.” The conference follows the previous two where International community agreed to inject new momentum into the political process to stabilize Somalia, help Somalia develop its own security forces and tackle pirate and terrorists.