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President Uhuru Kenyatta's Speech during the Official Opening of the 39th Session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific-European Union (ACP-EU) Council of Ministers Conference

President Uhuru Kenyatta's Speech during the Official Opening of the 39th Session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific-European Union (ACP-EU) Council of Ministers Conference

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President Uhuru Kenyatta's Speech during the Official Opening of the 39th Session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific-European Union (ACP-EU) Council of Ministers Conference
President Uhuru Kenyatta's Speech during the Official Opening of the 39th Session of the African, Caribbean and Pacific-European Union (ACP-EU) Council of Ministers Conference

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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. 
 
Me)ber states ha%e continued to bene8t fro) de%elo")ent coo"eratione)anating fro) this "artnershi" as en%isaged in successi%e o)e con%entionsand the Cotonou Partnershi" Agree)ents. This "artnershi" has "ositi%elycontributed to e6orts by )ost of our countries to confront the challenges of globali#ation. 9urther)ore, it has dee"ened the north-south coo"eration and strengthenede6orts to "ro)ote bilateral, regional and trans-continental trade. It is throughthis collaboration and forethought that /e /ill deri%e the )uch neededecono)ic, social and cultural transfor)ation of our "eo"le. adies and +entle)en, It should not be lost on our )inds that the ACP-' "artnershi" has occasionallyfaced huddles and gi%en rise to challenges /hich need to be collecti%elyaddressed. This is necessary in order to ensure continuity and )utualcon8dence in the "artnershi" and its ob(ecti%es. I, therefore, urge this )eeting to address itself to the state of our "artnershi"/ith a %ie/ to co)ing u" /ith "ro"osals that /ill strengthen our engage)ent.I ha%e no doubt that this )eeting /ill co)e u" /ith action-oriented and"ractical decisions and resolutions. Distinguished Delegates,  The th *ession accords an o""ortunity to a""reciate and del%e dee"er intothe "ro"osals on the future "ers"ecti%e of the ACP and its engage)ent /ith the' after the year :3:3. I recall the healthy e7change of %ie/s during theAfrica-' *u))it in &russels in A"ril this year. A)ong other issues, the *u))it"ronounced itself on shared "olicies on trade and de%elo")ent. It focused on "olicies that "ro)ote trade and in%est)ent$ guarantee long-ter)gro/th and sustainable de%elo")ent, and thereby create (obs for our young"eo"le. Distinguished Delegates, I ha%e been infor)ed that in%itations ha%e been e7tended to  countries tosign their res"ecti%e 0ational Indicati%e Progra))es on the )argins of this)eeting later today. I a""laud the ' Co))ission, and in "articular,Co))issioner Pielbags;P!<0<0C'D PI&A+*= for this gesture.  The co)ing into force of the "rogra))ing under the 22th 'uro"eanDe%elo")ent 9und ;'D9= "ro%ides a sea)less link in the "rocess ode%elo")ent su""ort under this "artnershi". I look for/ard to an early signingof the !egional Indicati%e Progra))es as the re4uisite synergy to addressingthe regional "riorities and "references. Distinguished Delegates, et )e assure you of Kenya5s su""ort for the refor) "rocess as "ro"osed in the*i)"o"o Declaration. I ha%e been briefed on the "ro"osals )ade by the

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