It was a rare scene at the KICC on Monday afternoon when DP William Ruto came face to face with both Raila Odinga and CS Peter Munya.
The DP has been at a constant loggerheads with the two leaders. He has accused Trade CS Peter Munya of plotting to assassinate him, while on the other hand, him and Raila Odinga do not seem to get along politically.
The three were the main guests at the launch of National Export Strategy, a policy document seeking to enhance Kenya’s trading with the foreign markets.
Whereas DP Ruto was standing in for President Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga was in attendance as the AU High Representative for Infrastructure. CS Munya on the other hand was the host Cabinet Secretary whom the event fell under his docket.
” We must invest in infrastructure of Energy, Roads, Railways, Airways and Internet Connectivity. Meaningful trade, especially inter-country, cannot happen without the appropriate infrastructure.
As a country, we must position ourselves as the hub and the champion of the continental trade initiative in the region. To achieve this, we must enhance our capacity for value addition and export. That means upping our game with regard to manufacturing, ” said Raila during the event, which was also attended by dignitaries from other African countries.
On his part, DP William Ruto said the government will be steadfast in implementing the new policy document with aim of benefiting Kenyans.
” To derive maximum output, we must enhance value addition and develop niche products for target export market destinations to sell superior and quality products. We are making deliberate interventions to grow our export markets, including fashioning our commerce agreements to directly link traders to markets and promoting cross-border trade.
We must harness opportunities that lie along the continuum beginning with local industrial expansion, diversification and specialization, extending to regional and continental integration and culminating in global competitiveness, ” he said.