President Uhuru Kenyatta travelled to Italy on Friday (26/05/17) to attend the 43rd G7 summit, where he is expected to meet US President Donald Trump, among other world leaders.
State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu indicated that the G7 Summit offers the Head of State an opportunity to project Kenya’s point of view on how to foster inclusive growth in the country, region and continent, especially on security matters.
“It is a suitable profile for us to engage directly with the world and the President will be taking that opportunity also to engage on Kenyan and African issues,” Mr Esipisu said.
“The Outreach Session – to which President Kenyatta will be making a presentation – will bring value and content to future decisions of the G7 Summit on how to partner for innovation-driven growth in Africa,” he added.
Uhuru is expected to use the high-level profile event to showcase Kenya’s achievements over time and also show Africa’s interest in a way that is readily digestible on the global stage.
The plane carrying Uhuru and his entourage departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly before 7:00 am on Friday.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery and Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe led senior Government officials in seeing off the President.
The Group of Seven (G7) is an informal bloc of industrialized democracies – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States, that meets annually to discuss issues such as global economic governance, international security, and energy policy.
The block promotes collective decision making, but critics note that it often lacks follow-through and excludes important emerging powers.
Unlike the United Nations or the NATO, the G7 is not a formal institution with a charter and a secretariat. Instead, the presidency, which rotates annually among member states, is responsible for setting the agenda and arranging logistics.