Details of President Ruto's trip to Italy & Switzerland

Ezra Manyibe | 1 month ago
President William Ruto disembarks from Air Force One. |Courtesy| PCS|

President William Ruto on Thursday, June 13, 2024, departed the country to participate in the 50th G7 Summit in Apulia, Italy, and the first Summit on Peace in Ukraine, to be held in Switzerland. 

At both summits, President Ruto will speak on African leaders' commitment to fostering a prosperous world through a fairer international financial system, a more representative and effective multilateral system, and the critical importance of collectively addressing global challenges. 

On Friday, June 14, at the G7 Summit in Apulia, Italy, President Ruto will emphasise the importance of involving African countries in processes aimed at finding solutions to global challenges, such as climate change and conflicts.

He will also highlight Africa's potential for green industrialisation, digital revolution, and innovation.

Additionally, President Ruto will underscore the need for reforms to achieve a fairer international financial system. 

As the African Union (AU) Champion for Institutional Reform, he will also outline AU reforms aimed at enhancing trade and development, peace and stability, and greater global participation. 

On Sunday, June 16, in Burgenstock, Switzerland, President Ruto will join other Heads of State and Government to discuss a common path towards peace in Ukraine. He will address the negative impacts of the conflict in Ukraine and conflicts globally, including those in Africa, and offer solutions informed by Kenya's experiences in mediation and peacebuilding on the continent.

The President will also advocate for a reformed, more representative, democratic, and effective United Nations system to better address global peace and security challenges. 

Additionally, President Ruto will hold several bilateral talks with various Heads of State and Government on the sidelines of both summits.

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