Nairobi is expected to host the second high-level meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC) next week, under the theme ‘Towards Inclusive and Accelerated Implementation of the 2030 Agenda’. Over four days, the meeting will feature workshops, a series of side-events, plenary sessions, parallel discussions and a marketplace exhibition showcasing innovative development solutions.
The ministerial meeting will be preceded by two preparatory days where stakeholders from civil society, youth, women & foundation groups, business sector and local government will actively engage in development talks. This will be followed by a two-day ministerial gathering, bringing together heads of state, heads of bi-lateral organisations, local government and private sector to uncover successful 2030 development agenda approaches, towards unearthing and agreeing a way forward. Topics lined up for discussion include development financing; private sector, youth and women engagement; partnerships and monitoring. The meeting is expected to conclude with the endorsement of the Nairobi outcome.
Continuing on from having successfully hosted the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and the WTO Ministerial Conference in 2015, notably, Nairobi has this year additionally hosted the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14), the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICADVI) and the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF). Speaking at the 6th Magical Kenya Travel Expo held last month, Tourism Minister Hon. Najib Balala said that such global gatherings are indeed an endorsement of Kenya as an international meeting destination. Earlier this year at the World Travel Awards, Nairobi was recognised the leading African meeting and conference destination. In the latest International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) rankings, Kenya ranked the second most popular meeting destination after South Africa in Sub-Saharan Africa. Kenya continues to make her mark in this regard having recently won the bid to host the Skal World Congress in 2018.