ON THE OCCASION OF THE LAUNCH OF THE MEDIA CAMPAIGNS AND BRIEFING FOR THE TICAD VI SUMMIT AND CONFERENCE.
30TH MAY, 2016, KICC
It is indeed a great pleasure for me that the state department of planning and national statistics is playing a key role in the preparations for the hosting of the first TICAD Summit to be held in Africa and, specifically for the first time, outside of Japan;
The hosting of the Summit on the Kenyan soil is a great source of pride to us; a vote of confidence on the Government and the people of Kenya as well as a confirmation of our country’s commitment to the life changing and transformative leadership that Africa needs today;
As most of those familiar with TICAD may already know, the TICAD process is a multilateral partnership, that also actively promotes South-South and triangular cooperation, in addition to the more traditional forms of cooperation. In this regard, the TICAD VI Summit will have the all-important focus on Africa’s transformative ‘Agenda 2063’ that is being collectively spearheaded under the umbrella of the African Union;
For Kenya in particular, the discussion areas and issues of concern are all relevant to our own country’s transformation agenda that has been defined in our national long-term policy blueprint, the Kenya Vision 2030 and its rolling Five Year Medium Term Plans;
Let me take this early opportunity to therefore state without equivocation, that as a government that is championing open and transformative leadership, we are working towards the shared objective of creating an enabling and professional working environment for all stakeholders in the national development process and agenda;
TICAD VI will be an historic opportunity for Kenya and Africa to showcase itself and also to strengthen the mutually beneficial economic and cultural linkages that already exist between Africa, Japan and the rest of the world;
As the ministry charged with the responsibility to help oversee the preparatory arrangements and events that will feature during TICAD VI, I join with the rest of the Government of Kenya that we shall do all that it takes to ensure that we have a successful, secure and most memorable gathering in Nairobi. To this end, I assure all that we are working very closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other Government of Kenya agencies as well as other national stakeholders to ensure that we are on top of all that is required to prepare for and host TICAD VI;
I also take this opportunity to join in thanking the other co-organisers, especially the Government of Japan and the UNDP for the tremendous co-operation and support we are receiving as we embark on this important African agenda. I thank and acknowledge the World Bank Group and the African Union Comission for their unwavering commitment to the TICAD process and assure all that we do look forward to delivering a successful Summit and Conference at the end of it all.
Welcome to Nairobi!