DP Ruto heads to Egypt
09 June 2015, 15:28
Nairobi - Deputy President William Ruto has traveled to Egypt to attend a continental business summit.
Ruto will join Heads of States and governments during the third tripartite summit of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), East African Community (EAC) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) in Sharm El Sheikh.
The Deputy President will be representing President Uhuru Kenyatta in the meeting, whose aim is to make it easier for movement of goods, people and services among African countries.
President Kenyatta remained behind in the country to attend the opening of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit Kenya chapter, Tuesday at the Strathmore Business School Nairobi.
The Kenyan chapter will lead to the opening of the global event expected to be opened by US President Barrack Obama in Nairobi next month, the first time it will be held in Sub Saharan Africa.
The meeting will witness the signing of Tripartite Free Trade Area agreement that will bring together member countries to promote economic and social development in the region by creating a single market with free movement of goods and services.
The agreement will require member states to among other things, expedite the process towards operationalization of the COMESA-EAC-SADC tripartite Free trade Area by removing bottlenecks to trade. Member countries will also be required to finalise outstanding issues and commence phase two negotiations covering trade in services, cooperation in trade and development, competition policy, intellectual property rights and cross border movements.
Ruto is expected to be away for three days.
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