UNCTAD conference to be held in Nairobi

More than 7,000 delegates will come to Nairobi to attend the 14th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) that will be held on 17-22 July.

Several Heads of State and Government have already confirmed attendance, among them President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, President Hage Geingob of Namibia and the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon. 50 countries have already sponsored youth to attend the conference.

The conference  will consist of a ministerial conference, a youth forum and the 4th World Investment Forum. Kenya stands to gain from the conference will be attended by the biggest investors in the world and mayors of all major cities.


UNCTAD will support the Government capacity building for women entrepreneurs. The organisation will put up a center where women entrepreneurs can be given a training of trainers course to guide others in business.

President Kenyatta said the UNCTAD project will be linked with the Uwezo Fund to ensure women who take government funds have the capacity to run their businesses.

Kenya recently hosted the 10th World Trade Organisation Ministerial meeting and the Ease of Doing Business Initiative Conference (EDBI). The country will also host the second United Nations Environmental Assembly from 23-27 May. The UNEA will be attended by close to 2,000 delegates. (PSCU)