President Kenyatta arrives in Kigali for continental trade pact

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KIGALI, RWANDA 21 March 2018 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta this morning arrived in Kigali, Rwanda, where he joins other African leaders in the signing of a landmark pact aimed at creating a continental free trade area bloc.

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) treaty aims to establish a single market that will spur industrialization, infrastructural development, economic diversification and trade.

Key highlights of the pact include the creation of a single liberalized market for goods and services, facilitated by free movement of people in order to deepen the economic integration of the African continent.

The pact also seeks to promote industrial development through diversification, regional value chain development, agricultural development and food security.

The plane carrying the president touched down at the Kigali International Airport shortly before 9.00 am (Kenya Time).

He was received at the Kigali International airport by Kenya High Commissioner to Rwanda Ambassador John Mwangemi and senior government officials from Rwanda.

Among other key senior government officials already in Rwanda preparing the signing of the Continental trade agreement include Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Monica Juma.

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