President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured that during the three-year tenure as chair of the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states, Kenya will work to promote and protect the interests of the bloc.
President Kenyatta said Kenya will prioritise the integration of ACP states into the global economy and push for the conclusion of the new partnership agreement with the European Union.
“Going forward, Kenya, as the chair of the summit, reaffirms her deep commitment to the objectives and principles of the ACP group of states,” Kenyatta said at the end of the two-day ninth Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government in Nairobi on Tuesday, 10 November 2019.
The Kenyan leader, at the same time, encouraged ACP nations to ensure that the decisions made at the Nairobi summit are fully implemented, saying they have the potential to radically transform the ACP group.
Speaking during the occasion, ACP leaders endorsed and adopted resolutions of the Nairobi summit dubbed the “Nairobi Nguvu ya Pamoja Declaration.”
The declaration that was read by Ambassador Fatumanavu Luteru of Samoa focused on four key pillars in which member states committed to multilateralism, environmental sustainability and climate change, intra-ACP cooperation and economic development.
Kenyatta termed the ninth ACP summit, which attracted 19 Heads of State and Government and representatives from 70 of the 79 member states across the six ACP regions, as a great success.
Kenyatta noted that many business partnerships were established during the summit, while the ACP exhibition village gave some insight into the diversity and richness of the investment potential of the ACP bloc
He underscored the need to promote multilateralism and called on the twelfth WTO Ministerial Conference that will be held in Kazakhstan in June 2020 to provide meaningful direction to the World Trade Organization on the preservation of the multilateral trading system.
He said the summit was also united on the need for the ACP group to become bolder and more ambitious in its endeavours.
“As my brother, the President of Ghana, challenged us, we should not be proud of our numerical strength but rather of the quality and scholarship of our thought[s] and our commitment to take action,” President Kenyatta said.
He pointed out that ACP leaders collectively resolved to shape a group that is responsive to new and emerging global challenges.