Ruto is representing President Uhuru Kenyatta at the summit whose theme is Growing together for Prosperity.
On arrival in Madagascar, Ruto was received by Prime Minister Mahafaly Solonandrasana and other senior government officials.
summit will discuss the status of implementation of the Comesa, EAC and
the Southern Africa Development Community Tripartite Free Trade Area.
Also to be discussed are the application by Somalia to join Comesa and the roadmap for recruitment of Comesa secretary general.
is expected to request an extension of the sugar safeguard from Comesa
to the country, considering the current safeguard which was granted in
2015 is due to expire in February. A critical evaluation shows despite
the gains made by the sugar industry in Kenya during the period of
protection, the country is still unable to compete on equal terms due to
in-built structural weaknesses such as a highly fragmented land tenure
While in Antananarivo, Ruto will lobby other Comesa
countries to support the candidature of Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohamed
for AU chairperson.