President Uhuru Kenyatta met today with European and world leaders at the G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy, where he took the opportunity to pitch his country and the African continent as “the world’s new frontier for trade and investment.”
Pictured here is Uhuru with Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, whom he met on the margins of the summit’s Africa Outreach session.
In a statement to the Africa Outreach session, Uhuru highlighted Kenya’s “pioneer” role in information technology on the African content, saying “We have strengthened connectivity through the Smart Africa initiative, putting ICT at the centre of our development agenda.”
“The continent is developing an ICT policy and infrastructure to support one seamless digital market, to serve a billion people,” he added.
Uhuru cited the success of M-pesa, a mobile money platform, saying it brought financial access to millions who were left out of the traditional banking sector. He also pointed to M-Farm, a mobile platform for farmers, saying that with the touch of a button farmers are now able to find prices for their produce.