SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY HON. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H.,PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES OFTHE REPUBLIC OF KENYA ON OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE 39TH SESSIONOF THE AFRICAN, CARIBBEAN AND PACIFIC-EUROPEAN UNION (ACP-EU)COUNCIL OF MINISTERS AT KENYATTA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCECENTRE, NAIROBI ON 19TH JUNE, !1".
Honourable Dr. Abdalla Kigoda, Co-President of the ACP Council of Ministers andMinister for Industry, Trade and Marketing, nited !e"ublic Tan#ania$ Honourable Al%an &a"tiste, Co-President of the ' Council of Ministers$ Mr. Alha(i Muha))ad Mu)uni, ACP *ecretary-+eneral$ Distinguished adies and +entle)en$ It is a great honour for )e, on behalf of )y go%ern)ent and the 'astern Africaregion, to (oin Honorable Ministers and delegates to this th*ession of theACP-' Council of Ministers )eeting. Allo/ )e to "ersonally /elco)e all of you to Kenya and in "articular to 0airobi.As is our tradition, I say to you all, KA!I&0I, 1elco)e. Distinguished Delegates, The decision by Kenya to host this %ery i)"ortant )eeting is underlined by thes"irit of solidarity and brotherhood /ithin the 'astern Africa region. It is ourstrong belief that this Asse)bly of o%er 233 countries and obser%ers,ade4uately de)onstrates the resol%e of the ACP and ' "artners to strengthenthe long standing coo"eration. I, therefore, /ish to con%ey to you )y +o%ern)ent5s and Kenyan "eo"les5gratitude for your decision to attend this )eeting in 0airobi. May I alsoackno/ledge the in%aluable su""ort of Hon. Alha(i Mu)uni and his sta6 at theACP *ecretariat for the logistical su""ort e7tended to )y +o%ern)ent in thelead u" to hosting of this )eeting, des"ite the short notice.This, in )y %ie/,es"ouses the %ery s"irit of coo"eration and "artnershi" that underlies thee7istence of the ACP and ACP-' relations. Distinguished Delegates, The ACP-' is one of the strongest and %ital trans-regional "artnershi"s of ourti)e. The sco"e of coo"eration and "artnershi" a)ongst the countries of theACP and the ', se"arately and (ointly, has e%ol%ed and gro/n o%er the years. Today, /e "resent to the global audience our o%erarching co))it)ent to the (oint resol%e in addressing the challenges of "o%erty, sustainablede%elo")ent and the gradual integration of the ACP countries into the globalecono)y.