Kenyatta set for three-day UK visit for talks with PM Johnson, education summit

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. /CFP Image
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. /CFP Image

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to make a three-day official visit to the United Kingdom where he is set to meet Prime Minister Boris Johnson for bilateral talks.

The two leaders are expected to jointly announce major investments in various sectors, including affordable housing, manufacturing, and health partnerships.

During his stay in the European country, Kenyatta will co-chair the Global Education Summit, which aims to raise $5 billion to educate children across the developing world over the next five years.

He is also scheduled to meet senior members of the U.K. Royal Family as part of his visit.

Kenyatta’s meeting with Johnson will be the second in 18 months, following the Kenyan President’s January 2020 visit to the U.K. for the Africa Investment Summit, which aimed to “showcase and promote the breadth and quality of investment opportunities across Africa.”

The two also held a virtual meeting in May 2021, in which they engaged with pupils in Nairobi and London, to champion for education for all. They used the platform to urge rich nations to back the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) initiative.

GPE is the largest global fund solely dedicated to transforming education in lower-income countries, and a unique, multi-stakeholder partnership. It aims to deliver quality education so that every child can have wider horizons.

In the May virtual meeting, Johnson reiterated his administration’s commitment to the educational for all agenda saying through GPE, Kenya and the U.K. were targeting to get 88 million girls to access quality education.

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