Several Heads of State and Government will be among the 7,000 to 9,000 delegates who will attend the 14th Session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to be held in nairobi in July this year.
The meeting is taking place just months after the Kenyan capital hosted the successful World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting in December last year.
UNCTAD Secretary-General Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi says between 7,000 and 9,000 delegates are expected to attend the week-long UNCTAD sessiom which will be held in Kenya for the second time 40 years after the first.
Among the issues to be discussed are sustainable funding and the progress on implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted last year in New York.
Among the key people expected for the meeting are several heads of state, officials from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union.
Kituyi says key decisions on global trade will be made during the meeting, ranging from trade policies to competition and sustainable development. UNCTAD’s objective is to assist developing countries, especially the least developed countries (LDCs), and countries with economies in transition, to integrate beneficially into the global economy.
The Kenyan government, together with the private sector and the United Nations has started making arrangements for the meeting and post-conference tours will be on offer for delegates to visit Kenya’s national parks and beaches.
Kenya Airways has been selected again to fly in and out delegates from across its network in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The first time Kenya hosted an UNCTAD session was in 1976 and which was opened by the founding President Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.