President Museveni Set to Attend COMESA Business Summit in Kenya

Museveni with Kenyatta on arrival in Kenya for a State visit in March.

President Yoweri Museveni is scheduled to attend the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) High Level Business Summit in Kenya.

Museveni will be part of the Presidential Roundtable at the Summit.

Africa’s leading premier small and Medium enterprises gathering, the Kenya Trade Week and COMESA High Level Business Summit dubbed Source 21, from Monday 15 to Sunday July 21.

The two-day summit to be held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi is themed: “The Hallmark of Quality”.

President Museveni will join his counterparts Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Edgar Lungu of Zambia and Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory of Mauritius for presentations on Africa’s development future.

The High-Level Business Summit will be attended by heads of state, regional and international businesses leaders, visitors who operate in the region and those interested in exploring opportunities in the 21 COMESA member states.

The events are joint initiatives of the COMESA Business Council (CBC), the government of Kenya, the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, the private sector and the COMESA Secretariat.

A presidential roundtable has been organized on the first day of the summit which will bring together heads of state, business leaders and regional policy makers to set the pace for the week long business parley and trade fair.
The Trade Fair will run on the margins of the Summit.

It will host pavilions representing all COMESA countries featuring quality products and services that are currently breaking ground in terms of value, quality, innovation and demand in regional and international markets, across all sectors.

The presidential roundtable will provide a unique platform for regional heads of state to share their best practices and knowledge and to address critical issues for agriculture and manufacturing sectors against emerging concepts of digitalization and strategies for spearheading regional and continental integration.

Key issues on their agenda will include the regional trade frameworks such as the tripartite and the Africa continental free trade area which are expected to increase intra-Africa trade by 52% in 2022 and facilitate industrialization, driving sustainable economic development.

Speaking in Lusaka, ahead of the event, Assistant Secretary General of COMESA, Amb Kipyego Cheluget described the event as timely coming at the time when COMESA is celebrating its 25th anniversary and at the same time marking one year since the admission of two new members, Tunisia and Somalia to the regional, that brought the total membership of COMESA to 21.

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