DP calls for Africa in­te­gra­tion to pro­mote in­vest­ments, trade

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Presidency -

African coun­tries should in­te­grate more to in­crease trade and in­vest­ment, Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto, has said.

He spoke yes­ter­day when he met African Union chair­man Idriss Déby, the Pres­i­dent of Chad, in the on­go­ing shut­tle diplo­macy on the AU Com­mis­sion.

Ruto said Africans should fast track the in­te­gra­tion of the con­ti­nent to cre­ate a huge mar­ket that can com­pete favourably with in­ter­na­tional mar­kets in trade and in­vest­ment.

The DP was in Chad to cam­paign for For­eign Af­fairs CS Amina Mo­hamed’s bid for AU Com­mis­sion chair­per­son. He also de­liv­ered a spe­cial mes­sage from Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta to Pres­i­dent Déby.

Ruto paid glow­ing tribute to out­go­ing AUC chair­per­son Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma of South Africa for “her ster­ling per­for­mance dur­ing her term.”

Chad has nom­i­nated her long serv­ing For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Moussa Faki Ma­hamat for the same po­si­tion.

Déby ac­knowl­edged that he had two can­di­dates, say­ing both have the ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge to steer for­ward the af­fairs of the African Union Com­mis­sion.

“We do not want some­one who will take in­struc­tions from out­side Africa. Who­ever will be elected must drive the African agenda and push for re­forms within the United Na­tions,” he said.

/DPPS

Chad Pres­i­dent Idriss Déby and Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto in State House N’dja­mena yes­ter­day. Ruto is lob­by­ing for For­eign Af­fairs CS Amina Mo­hamed to be elected the next AU com­mis­sion chair­per­son

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