Kenya Expects CHOGM to Promote Equitable Growth

viagra sale geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Speaking in Colombo, medications Sri Lanka on the sidelines of CHOGM, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Amb. Amina Mohamed expressed optimism that this year’s biennial meeting will give priority to youth empowerment, opportunity for investment and growth.

“The youth constitute a large percentage of the Kenyan population and all programmes that support their growth are welcome,” the Cabinet Secretary said this week.

Amb. Mohamed, who arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka last evening to attend the 23rd CHOGM, said the Commonwealth should use all resources at its disposal to expedite equitable economic growth of member countries.

“That is what we are basically looking for at this meeting –that we can grow equitably and in an inclusive manner,” Amb. Mohamed said.

The meeting, whose theme is ‘Growth with equity; inclusive development’, officially opens on Friday, November 15.


It will discuss international peace and security, democracy, good governance, sustainable development, debt management, education, environment and gender equity. Other issues slated for review include health, human rights, information, communication technology, law, multilateral trade issues, small states and youth affairs.

Earlier, Amb. Mohamed held bilateral talks with New Zealand’s Foreign Minister, Mr. Murray McCully.

During the meeting Amb. Mohamed and Mr. McCully discussed ways of expanding the existing bilateral cooperation between Kenya and New Zealand.

Amb. Mohamed thanked the Government of New Zealand for supporting Kenya’s agriculture and energy sectors.

She also met the Australian Foreign Minister Ms. Julie Bishop and discussed the Tripartite agreement that was signed last Sunday between Kenya, Somalia and the United Nations High Commission for refugees (UNHCR).

The agreement establishes a legal framework and other support for Somali refugees in Kenya who might eventually wish to return to their homeland. It defines the roles and responsibilities of the three parties in accordance with international standards

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