Ruto in An­tana­narivo for Comesa sum­mit and to lobby sup­port for Amina

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Presidency -

Deputy Pres­i­dent William Ruto is in An­tana­narivo, Mada­gas­car, for the 19th Comesa Heads of State and Gov­ern­ment Sum­mit.

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.

The sum­mit will dis­cuss the sta­tus of im­ple- men­ta­tion 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.

Kenya 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 sys­tem.

While in An­tana­narivo, Ruto will lobby other Comesa coun­tries to sup­port the can­di­da­ture of For­eign Af­fairs CS Amina Mo­hamed for AU chair­per­son.

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Deputy Pres­i­dent William Ruto/

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