Kenya will host the next Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) summit scheduled next year after a stalemate with the Gambia over who between them would host the summit was unlocked.
Kenya was given the honour to host the summit when the President of the Gambia Yahya Jammeh withdrew his country’s offer to host the summit in favour of Kenya following lobbying by a Kenyan delegation led by Deputy President William Ruto in Banjul.
Ruto who was President Uhuru Kenyatta’s special envoy expressed Kenya’s gratitude to the African Ubnion and in particular the six African countries; namely Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Egypt and now the Gambia, who had offered to host the summit but have now all withdrawn in favour of Kenya.
â€œI wish to express my gratitude for the overwhelming confidence that the African continent has shown in giving Kenya the opportunity to host the summit and assure them, Japan and other co-organisers of its success.
â€œPresident Jammeh’s move to withdraw his country from hosting the summit and giving Kenya the chance was a demonstration of great statesmanship and pan-Africanism. The gesture is generous, open and a warm hearted agreement,â€� said a statement issued in Nairobi on Thursday.
President Jammeh assured Kenya of his full support in ensuring that it successfully hosts the summit, adding that it was not about Kenya or the Gambia but about the continent of Africa.
â€œI believe in joint economic collaboration between Africa and Japan and this summit will go a long way in ensuring the success of that collaboration,â€� Jammeh said.
The two leaders agreed that unlocking of the stalemate was a demonstration that African countries can work together and break any barriers that could arise between them.
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