Let me start today’s meeting with the President’s visit to Italy for the 43rd summit of the Group of Industrialised countries, known by its acronym G7.
President Kenyatta spoke at the G7 on Saturday. It was the President’s first address to the Group.
The address to the G7 represents Kenya’s continuing ascent in global relevance following a determined and concerted strategy by President Kenyatta to build partnerships that will strengthen our economic opportunities and security.
As a democracy with a growing and mixed economy, that is facing global terrorism, Kenya’s success is key to the G7’s democratic countries whose priorities are protecting global security, protecting democracy and expanding opportunities for their private sector. President Kenyatta’s presence at the event in Taormina, Sicily, Italy, brought sharp focus to that and could lead to increased investment and engagement in Kenya.
The G-7 leaders were made aware that Kenyans are not among the tens of thousands of Africans that are trying to get to Europe on life-risking rafts crossing the Mediterranean Sea. President Kenyatta, in his engagements with the G7, reminded them why: that our people feel that their future is in their home because they are free, in control of their government and in an economy that is growing in the right direction.
Kenya will become a stronger focus as a positive example to the region, the continent and the world, leading to commensurate investments and support for our political and economic model.
Meetings with G7 leaders
President Kenyatta held separate conversations with G7 leaders, and I want to highlight just a few.
With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe – Conversation centred on continued cooperation in infrastructure investments, especially in energy and the ports. The PM also thanked the President for a successful TICAD and informed the President that implementation of matters agreed in Nairobi was very much on course.
With French President Emmanuel Macron – Agreed to deepen cooperation in security and industrialization, noting Peugeot’s return to assembling in Kenya. President Macron is a firm believer in dialoguing with Africa on solving the globe’s problems and he told the President he saw Kenya as a partner in this agenda.
With German Chancellor Angela Merkel – Reviewed how to improve engagement with Africa in order that the continent contributes to resolving global issues. The Chancellor also asked the President to attend the G20 meeting in Hamburg.
With Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – Talked to deepening cooperation on a host of issues, including health and security.
This morning, at State House Nairobi, the President met with his security chiefs for a routine review of the security situation in the country.
Monday 29 May 2017 – Presentation of papers by Presidential candidates (Jubilee Party will provide details).
Tuesday 30 May 2017 – The President will be in Mombasa in the afternoon to launch the cargo freight services of the Standard Gauge Railway. The event will be at Port Reitz.
Wednesday 31 May 2017 – The President, and hundreds of Kenyans from all walks of life, diplomats and Chinese envoys and special guests, will ride the first train launching services on the SGR from Mombasa to Nairobi.
The President is expected to make stops at Mariakani in Kwale County, Voi in Taita Taveta County, Mtito Andei in Makueni County, Emali in Kajiado County – commissioning stations and holding conversations with citizens.
At Syokimau in Nairobi County, the President will make a major speech.
Thursday 1 June 2017 – The President will deliver his Madaraka day speech in Nyeri.
State House, 28 May 2017