Kenya to benefit Sh2.6 Billion from WTO Conference – Balala

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Kenyan Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, has recently stated that the hosting of the forthcoming World Trade Organization Conference (WTO) in Kenya, will inject about Sh2.6 billion into the country’s economy.
Speaking during the inspection of facilities in preparation for the 10th WTO conference, Balala said the meeting, which is expected to attract over 7,000 delegates from all over the world, will give Kenya a chance to showcase her preparedness for conference tourism.
“We expect an average delegate spend of Sh375, 000. This should inject approximately Sh2.6 billion to the Kenyan economy through the multiplier effect”, he said.
The secretary also pointed that 98 per cent of the preparations for the meeting, scheduled to take place from December 15 to 18, are done.
“This is the biggest conference ever to be hosted in Sub-Saharan Africa and we are not taking chances in ensuring we meet the international standards”. He also added that the conference was “an eye-opener” for other upcoming meetings, and that Kenya has “what it takes to host huge conferences”.
“Kenya is looking forward to host the UN Conference on African Development as well as the Tokyo International Conference on African Development from next year,” he disclosed.
Others present at the inspection include, WTO Project Coordinator Danio Campanelli and PS Secretary in the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development Ali Ismail.

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