President Uhuru Kenyatta will start a three-day official visit to Uganda on Thursday to attend a presidential retreat on financing infrastructure and health and a summit of the East African Community (EAC) member states.
Affordable health for all is one of President Kenyatta’s Big Four commitments in his second term, alongside affordable housing, enhanced manufacturing and value addition as well as food security and nutrition.
On Thursday, leaders will hold the retreat on financing infrastructure and health, before attending the EAC summit on Friday. On his way back home on Saturday, the President will stop over in Busia to inaugurate the one-stop-border facility in the town.
President Kenyatta will showcase the progress Kenya has made in investments in infrastructure over the last five years, unveil plans for further investment in this area, and emphasise his commitment to a more integrated approach in infrastructure development for the region. The President will make the point that it was no longer viable for East Africa to build infrastructure with a silo-mentality.
President Kenyatta will urge greater speed in implementing projects, with a sharp focus on continuing the agenda of promoting the free movement of people across EAC and the wider African continent. The President sees enhanced people-to-people contact as key to improving trade, growing regional economies and lifting the lives of citizens.
The President will also speak on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) arrangements between the EAC and the European Union. President Kenyatta will outline Kenya’s path in the arrangements and what he sees as the future in cementing sustainable trade relations between the region and the EU.
State House Spokesperson
21st February 2018