Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has departed the country to attend the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS) Summit of Heads of State and Government in Luanda, Angola.
Gachagua is scheduled to deliver the keynote talk, which will highlight important accomplishments during Kenya’s two-year stay at the leadership of the organization.
During the four-day summit, he is also expected to hand over the presidency of the OACPS on behalf of President William Ruto.
Kenya has been the President of the OACPS for two years, having been elected in December 2019.
It held the 9th Summit of the 79-Member States at the time, which resulted in the passage of the Nairobi Declaration on Nguvu ya Pamoja, which specified several activities for implementation toward the accomplishment of the OACPS goals.
The DP will deliver the address at the opening session on Friday, which will be chaired by Angolan President Joo Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, whose country will assume leadership of the Summit.
Gachagua is accompanied by a delegation of MPs that includes Martha Wangari (Gilgil), Eric Muchangi Karemba (Runyenjes), Linet Chepkorir Toto (Bomet Woman Rep), and Patrick Munene (Bomet Woman Rep) (Chuka Igamba Ngombe).
This year’s summit will bring together 48 Sub-Saharan African members, 16 from the Caribbean, and 15 from the Pacific. It is titled ‘3 Continents, 3 Oceans, 1 Common Destiny: Creating a Resilient and Sustainable OACPS.’
DP Gachagua is also anticipated to chair discussions on Climate change resilience: energy transition and desertification.
He is likely to emphasize the impact of global warming and climate change, and to urge industrialized countries to assist their third-world counterparts in preventing additional detrimental repercussions.
Gachagua will also have bilateral discussions with the President of the European Union (EU) on the Economic Partnership Agreement on strategic partnership.
Second Lady Dorcas Rigathi, on the other hand, will participate in the inaugural First Ladies Forum, with the theme “Women’s Rights and Gender Equality as a Required Factor for the Development of Societies.”
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