By :Rading Biko
Kenya is set to host the United Nations Conference for Development (UNCTAD) 14th Session hence providing a unique opportunity for the organisation to build its legacy to address the future of development.
Speaking during an information session at the United Nations Complex in Geneva, the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Ms. Amina Mohamed said that recent global economic and financial crisis as well as the slowdown in international trade underscored the need for systemic reforms.
She also said the role of UNCTAD in promoting trade as an engine of development is critical in facilitating the integration of developing Countries into the global economy.
“As the first UN conference of the Post-2015 era, it will represent a starting point to translate the heightened ambitions and commitments of the international community into concrete plans of action,” said CS Mohamed.
CS appreciated the honour bestowed upon Africa and Kenya in particular to host UNCTAD 14 and pledged to ensure transparent and supportive role as a host.
The conference which is themed, ‘From Decisions to Actions: Moving towards an inclusive and equitable global economic environment for trade and Development’ will be held from July 17-22, 2016 at the Kenya International Convention Centre (KICC), Nairobi.
Present during the information session hosted by the UNCTAD Secretary General Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi were Cabinet Secretaries Hon. Najib Balala (Tourism) and Hon. Adan Mohamed, (Industrialization and Enterprise Development).
“One key area was, and remains, the field of commodities. A key outcome from the Nairobi conference was therefore the establishment of the Integrated Programme for Commodities in the UNCTAD Secretariat,” Said CS Mohamed.
The UNCTAD World Investment Forum will continue to serve as the global forum for inclusive dialogue and policy formulation on investment. The Forum brings together investment partners at the highest level to discuss challenges, opportunities and policy solutions to meet development goals including the Post 2015 Development Agenda.
The World Investment Forum 2016 will provide the opportunity for the stakeholders to exchange ideas, forge partnerships and launch actions. The Forum will therefore facilitate engagements and effective networking through a rich diversity of high-profile events.
CS Mohamed assured the meeting of the Government’s commitment to ensure the Conference is a success. Nairobi will contribute to UNCTAD’s legacy of defining the Future of development.
”The Government is committed to ensuring that the conference is a resounding success and we look forward to your continued support. I look forward to receiving in Nairobi,” said Ms. Mohamed.
A multi stakeholder National Preparatory Committee is spearheading the preparatory process and is currently addressing various logistical issues which will be elaborated further in the presentation as well as in bilateral engagements during this session.
Some of the key logistic issues relate to; Conference and Accreditation facilities; Protocol and Liaison; Visa requirements; Security, Transport and Hospitality; and Accommodation.
This is the second time that the UNCTAD conference is being hosted in Kenya, 40 years since the fourth (4th) Session that was successfully hosted in May 1976, in Nairobi.