I am honoured to welcome you all to Nairobi for the 10th World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference. I take this opportunity to once again thank the WTO members and all stakeholders for supporting Kenya’s bid to host the MC10, that is taking place in Africa for the first time. It is therefore not only Kenya’s pride, but the pride of the entire continent. We therefore dedicate MC10 to Africa and welcome all delegates to sample and enjoy the flora and fauna of the Continent.
My Ministry is committed to ensuring that all preparatory and related logistical measures are put in place to make your stay in Kenya a memorable experience. In this respect, we have formed a strong and all-inclusive stakeholder National Preparatory Committee that is working round the clock to make MC10 a huge success. As a country, it is our desire to ensure a successful Ministerial Conference both in terms of logistics and substance.
On substantive issues, I urge members and all relevant stakeholders to continue engaging constructively towards bridging gaps in the negotiations. On our part as a country, we are determined to continue consulting at national, regional, continental as well as global levels with a view to enriching the discussions. We believe that a positive outcome in the MC10 will shape the global trade and investment framework in the post 2015 development agenda, a successor global blueprint to the Millennium Development Goals. It will provide the necessary impetus to stimulate the global economy and enhance trade and investment. Trade and investment provide a solid platform on which countries can lay a firm foundation for employment and wealth creation, improve food security, livelihoods and substantially reduce poverty.
We are committed to moving the negotiating process forward and accelerating the conclusion of the Doha Work Programme.
I am looking forward to welcome the entire WTO Membership to Nairobi for this historic and important Ministerial Conference.
Welcome to Nairobi
Welcome to Kenya
Welcome to Africa