President Uhuru Kenyatta Friday evening closed the 14th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14) which opened on Sunday.

The conference came to a close with a global statement of unity on issues of trade and development following the adoption of the Nairobi consensus documents— Nairobi Azimio and Nairobi Maafikiano.

The Nairobi Azimio outlines the important role of UNCTAD as the focal point within the United Nations system for the integrated treatment of trade and development in the areas of finance, technology, investment and sustainable development.

Nairobi Maafikiano brings together new consensus in the work programme, which UNCTAD will undertake in the next four years.

“I note that the Nairobi Azimio upholds the decisions taken at previous UNCTAD Conferences.  I urge all member States to implement the Nairobi Maafikiano.  I am confident that the implementation of the Azimio and Maafikiano declarations will enable us to accelerate progress towards shared prosperity,” said President Kenyatta when he addressed the closing ceremony.

President Kenyatta used the opportunity to underscore the growing importance of UNCTAD in promoting balanced trade to spur development and reduce inequalities.

“The convergence of the world in Nairobi is a clear sign of our shared commitment to the mandate of UNCTAD and the significance of the role that it plays in trade and development,” said President Kenyatta.

Kenya minister of foreign affairs  Amb Amina Mohamed

When he opened the conference on Monday, President Kenyatta had urged the participants and member countries of the UN to expand the mandate of UNCTAD so that it plays a bigger role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The President thanked Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, who is the President of UNCTAD 14, for the
role she played in overseeing the successful negotiations that led to the agreements. He also expressed his gratitude to the Secretary General of UNCTAD, Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, and other officials of the organisation for the resounding success of the conference.

The Head of State, who was attending the UNCTAD 14 for the third day since it kicked off on Sunday, also thanked the President of the Republic of Namibia, Hage Geingob, the Vice President of Uganda, Edward Kiwanuka and the Vice President of Comoros, Djaffar Ahmed Said Hassan, for attending the conference.

President Kenyatta also thanked the more than 7,000 delegates who attended the conference.

“CEOs, investment advisers and entrepreneurs have all been involved in vibrant discussions during the Global Investment, Commodities, Youth and Women forums that have combined to make UNCTAD 2016 a really truly memorable, inspirational, innovative and fruitful experience,” said the President.

The involvement of women and youth is particularly important in realizing SDGs, and particularly in deepening trade that ensures growth that leaves no one behind, added the President.

Ambassador Amina and Dr Kituyi thanked President Kenyatta for his support in ensuring a successful conference.

Dr Kituyi said the successful manner in which the conference was organised shows that Nairobi’s conferencing facilities are world class.

In his closing remarks, President Kenyatta also announced that Kenya will host the second High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) fromNovember 28 to December 1. The meeting is an inclusive multi-stakeholder partnership. It sustains Global political momentum for more effective development cooperation based on shared principles of country ownership, focus on results, inclusive partnership and transparency and accountability in support of SDGS.

“Given that this is the first time the high level meeting on GPEDC is going to happen in Africa under the leadership of Kenya we request for your kind support to make it a success,” the President said at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.

Meanwhile, on the sidelines of the UNCTAD 14 closing ceremony, Ambassador Amina and the Executive Director of Oxfam International, Winnie Byanyima, signed an agreement that will see Oxfam relocate its global headquarters from Oxford, UK, to Nairobi.



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