Kenya is all set to host the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development TICAD beginning here Saturday, says State House Spokesman Manoa Esipisu.

Esipisu told a media briefing here Sunday that the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa has been working closely with all the other TICAD co-organizers and the Government of Kenya towards a successful organization of the two-day TICAD summit, the first to be held outside Japan.

"The President applauds the Government of Japan and especially Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, for being at the forefront of delivering TICAD's unique agenda on our continent," said Esipisu.

He mentioned that preparations continued apace, and Kenyan Cabinet Secretaries (Ministers) Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) and Mwangi Kiunjuri (Devolution and Planning) had addressed salient elements on the visit to Kenya by Abe, noting that 18 Kenyan ambassadors to African countries had returned to assist during the conference.

He urged members of the public to co-operate with security agencies to minimize traffic disruptions. "Matters to do with road closures are being addressed by our security teams, and especially the Nairobi Traffic Police," said Esipisu.

The two-day event will be the first-ever TICAD Summit to be held in Africa in its over 20 years history.

Manoah also confirmed that US Secretary of State John Kerry will be in the country Monday for a two-day official visit. Discussions between President Kenyatta and Kerry will centre around regional security and stability issues.


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