President William Ruto jetted out for his 48th international trip, heading to Rome, Italy, for the Italy Africa Summit. This journey has raised eyebrows as it marks an average of three monthly trips over the past 16 months, stirring discussions among citizens grappling with ongoing inflation and economic challenges in the country.
In the current year alone, the President has crossed borders on state matters three times, including a recent visit to Uganda for the 42nd Extraordinary Summit of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and a diplomatic visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo for President Felix Tshisekedi’s inaugural ceremony.
The Italy Africa Summit in Rome is expected to bring together 20 heads of state, with President Ruto serving as the Chair of the committee of African heads of state and government on climate change.
The discussions during the summit will cover various mutual interest areas, including food security, culture, education, vocational training, and energy security.
President Ruto, in his capacity as the committee chair on climate change, is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the summit. State House spokesperson Hussein Muhammad emphasized that the visit is geared towards fostering bilateral cooperation.
During his stay in Italy, President Ruto plans to engage with Italian dignitaries, including President Sergio Martella and Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni.
These discussions aim to strengthen the ties between the two nations, building on the momentum initiated during the Italian president’s visit to Kenya ten months ago, which focused on enhancing trade and investment opportunities.