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Major Nairobi roads to close as UNCTAD conference opens

The theme of UNCTAD 14 is "From decision to action: moving toward an inclusive and equitable global economic environment for trade and development."

By Martha Kwambokamkwamboka@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 15 Jul 2016 20:56 EAT

Nairobi commuters will again be inconvenienced by lengthy traffic jams come next week. The police service has announced that Parliament Road, Taifa Road, City Hall Way, Standard Street, Mama Ngina Street, Harambee Avenue and Wabera Street will be closed for the entire period of a major conference on trade and development, Sunday July 17- Friday July 22.

Kenyans witnessed vehicular traffic gridlock for the opening ten days of July following the closure of major roads as part of security arrangements for Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, both of who visited the country.

The meeting of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) that will be held at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) takes place every four years. This is the 14th such meetings, one of which was held in Nairobi in May 1976.

It will bring together 23 heads of state 7,000 delegates among them government ministers and prominent players in the business world, civil society and academia to tackle global trade and economic development issues, as the theme of the meeting will be “from decision to action, moving toward an inclusive and equitable global economic environment for trade and development”.

The theme of UNCTAD 14 is "From decision to action: moving toward an inclusive and equitable global economic environment for trade and development " reflecting concerns that the world economy should be a source of equitable benefit for all.

The UNCTAD Secretary General Mukhisa Kituyi has received key to the KICC arena from Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala and his Foreign Affairs counterpart Amina Mohammed.

The writer is a journalism student at Moi University currently on internship at the Kenya Free Press, specializing in health, crime and society issues.





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