Good morning everyone and welcome to State House, Nairobi.
It is great to see you all.
As usual, we will start with recent events, foreign and domestic, then look at what is ahead of us.
1. FOREIGN ENGAGEMENTS
A. The President's private visit to Tanzania
A week ago, His Excellency the President made a successful two-day private visit to the United Republic of Tanzania at the invitation of His Excellency President John Pombe Magufuli.
During the visit, the President and his host agreed to reinforce ongoing bilateral engagements aimed at growing trade and deepening people-to-people interactions between the two countries in the spirit of the East African Community accord.
To attain the two goals, the two leaders specifically agreed to enhance maritime transport on Lake Victoria, establish a natural gas trade pact and address cross-border security among them terrorism.
On cross-border security, the two Heads of State announced that citizens of either country involved in crime will be subjected to the laws of the country where the crime was committed.
B. First African High-Level Conference on Prevention of Violent Extremism
Last week, His Excellency the President and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterress co-hosted the First African High-Level Conference on Prevention of Violent Extremism at the UN Complex in Gigiri, Nairobi County.
This conference brought together policy makers from across Africa to discuss ways of enhancing their internal capacities to deal with terrorism as well as preparedness to handle cross-border threats.
On the sidelines of the event, President Kenyatta separately held talks with Secretary General Guterress, Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki and the European Union Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos.
The three world leaders expressed satisfaction in relations between Kenya and their respective institutions.
They committed to continue deepening their organizations engagements with our country for the benefit of all Kenyans.
C. State Visit By His Excellency Eric Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of the Repubic of Botswana
His Excellency Eric Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana will arrive in Kenya on Monday, 22nd July 2019 for a three-day State Visit.
During the visit, a number of agreements are expected to be signed and several matters of mutual benefit to the people of Kenya and the people Botswana are expected to be discussed.
2. LOCAL ENGAGEMENTS
A. Commissioning of the Bandari Maritime Academy
His Excellency the President last week joined hundreds of blue economy stakeholders at the commissioning of the Bandari Maritime Academy in Kilindini Port, Mombasa County.
The Academy, which is a key agency and ingredient in the Government's ongoing efforts to reposition blue economy as an important sector in our country's transformation, will offer training for careers in the maritime sector and bridge the existing shortage of qualified Seafarers in Kenya and the region.
C. Afro-Asia FinTech Festival
Last evening, His Excellency the President spoke at the ongoing Afro-Asia FinTech Festival, the first of its kind globally.
The Finance and Technology (Fintech) conference organised by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) and the Monetary Authority of SINGAPORE (MAS) aims at harnessing and deploying new technologies for the benefit of the people of Africa and Asia.
At the Festival that gathered thousands of delegates drawn from 30 countries spread across 5 continents, the President witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the CBK and MAS to co-develop foundational infrastructure on identity, data and electronic Know-Your Customer procedures (e-KYC).
Identity and e-KYC are critical prerequisites to enhancing financial inclusion while ensuring financial integrity at both national and cross-border levels.
3. UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
A. COMESA Business Council
Between 17th and 21st July 2019, Nairobi will host the COMESA Business Council conference at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC). President Kenyatta is scheduled to officially open the conference tomorrow, Wednesday 17th July 2019.
The Business Council brings together private and public sector leaders from across the COMESA region to deliberate on ways of improving trade within the bloc, strengthening of businesses links and mechanisms of creating quality jobs.
As a country, we are delighted to be hosting these international and regional conference which are, by all measures, an indicator of Kenya's growing attraction as a conferencing destination.
B. Commissioning of the Lake Turkana Wind Power
Later this week, His Excellency the President will join energy stakeholders at the commissioning of the LAKE TURKANA WIND POWER (LTWP) in Loyangalani, Marsabit County.
LTWP which is the largest wind farm in Africa has an installed capacity of 310MW of clean, reliable, low cost energy. The expansive facility has 365 wind turbines with a capacity of 850kW each.
Globally, Kenya is celebrated as one of the leading countries in the world with an energy mix dominated with renewable sources especially from geothermal, a technology in which our country has become a continental centre of excellence.
The coming on board of LTWP, is a testament of Kenya's commitment to pursue clean sources of energy and is a major boost to the country's international commitments to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Further, the successful implementation of LTWP demonstrates Kenya's outstanding credentials as an investment destination in Africa and is a perfect example of the immense potential of the public - private partnership model of implementing development projects.
4. CLOSING REMARKS
In closing, allow me to mention a great son of Kenya, the Member of Parliament for Kibra Constituency Mheshimiwa Ken Okoth who has recently returned to the country after months of treatment in France
In the true Kenyan spirit of resilience, Mheshimiwa Okoth has shown immense courage in his fight against cancer.
The Honorable Okoth's determination to defeat the disease is an inspiration to many Kenyans.
As we wish Mheshimiwa quick recovery, we ask the country to support fellow Kenyans affected by cancer.