NAIROBI– Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta left here Tuesday evening to attend the 44th summit of the Group of 7 (G&) leading developed nations to be held in Quebec City, Canada on Friday and Saturday.

President Kenyatta’s visit to Canada is at the invitation of summit host Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau which the latter extended when they met in April in London on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meeting.

This is the second G7 summit which President Kenyatta will be addressing. Last year, President Kenyatta was among the African leaders invited to the summit, when it was held at Taormina on the Italian island of Sicily.

The G7 nations are Britain, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan and the united States.

This year’s summit will focus on economic growth, climate change and security. President Kenyatta will address the meeting on issues of the Blue Economy and environmental management.

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Monica Juma, said the summit is crucial to Kenya, as it will focus on the issues that are critical to President Kenyatta’s national agenda.

She said the Summit, which is one of the exclusive meetings of the global leaders, would among things discuss gender inequality, equity, climate change, security and the blue economy. She added that it would also discuss how to bridge the inequality gap by looking for innovative ways of ensuring women participate more on productive activities.

For a long time, work policies have never really been favourable to women. Whether it is young mothers, whether it is women that need to train, it has been the question of balancing between work and family life, said Juma.