His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, president of the Republic of Kenya is scheduled to travel to United Kingdom (UK) next week to deliver an historical lecture at the British Think-tank Chatham House following a request by Rt Hon Raila Odinga who has been the Senior Kenyan participant over the years.
Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is an independent policy institute based in London. They engage governments, the private sector, civil society and their members in open debate and private discussions about the most significant developments in international affairs. Each year, the institute runs more than 300 private and public events – conferences, workshops and roundtables – in London and internationally with partners. Their convening power attracts world leaders and the best analysts in their respective fields from across the globe.In 2016, Chatham House was named Think Tank of the Year at Prospect magazine’s annual think-tank awards, where it also won in the UK categories for International Affairs and Energy and Environment. The judges commented that the institute’s work is ‘reliably excellent’ and a ‘gold standard of knowledge and professionalism’.
This event draws on themes being discussed at this year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London – Towards a Common Future – to analyze how small states can best work with other governments and institutions in order to make the most positive impact across the globe. The panelists will outline examples of how such countries are currently furthering global initiatives, particularly in the sphere of advancing human rights and democratic values, and highlight the key future challenges they face.
Over the last decade, Kenya has been one of the fastest growing economies in sub-Saharan Africa, and President Kenyatta’s first term saw major gains in access to electricity and significant infrastructure investment. However, inequality and poverty remain rampant: 8,300 Kenyans own more wealth than the rest of the population (around 48 million people) and two years of drought have left more than 3 million in need of food aid.
Conflicts in neighboring South Sudan and Somalia have strongly affected Kenya, and achieving lasting peace and stability in both countries is vital to ensuring domestic and regional efforts to transform economies and improve socio-economic prospects for all.
H.E Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to talk about Kenya’s Priorities for Inclusive Growth: Towards Domestic Development and Regional Peace.
At this event, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya will outline his plans for his second and final term in office for regional peace and domestic development to ensure all Kenyans enjoy the benefits of headline national growth.
This is historically the first time President Uhuru Kenyatta will be delivering the lecture at the Chatham House. The last such lectures have traditionally been addressed by the NASA Leader Raila Odinga ever since he was the Prime Minister in 2008. Uhuru Kenyatta will this round take his place as the NASA Leader will also be flying to South Africa to represent the president at the burial of Mrs Winnie Mandela.
The Chatham House Event will take place on 17 April 2018 – 3:30pm to 4:30pm and will be livestreamed on the Chatham House website