President William Ruto has underscored the significance of peace and security in the attainment of Africa’s development agenda.
Addressing delegates in Nairobi at the opening of the third Kenya international investment conference, Ruto said it was unfortunate that the region continues to suffer from frequent conflicts that have undermined ongoing efforts to realize the establishment of the African continental free trade area.
“It is not possible that this continent will continue to be a place of conflict and war. What is going on in DRC and Sudan is unacceptable,’” observed the president.
He called on policy makers to unite in enhancing the capacity of the region as well as actualizing its huge potential.
‘We must be able to work together so that we do not destroy our infrastructure and resources and that we harness the full potential of the African young people for them to make progress not make war.” Said Ruto.
Sudan and the Democratic republic of Congo are among African countries facing strife with grave consequences. An armed conflict between rival factions of the military in Sudan which began in April this year has witnessed scores of deaths and seen nearly 1.4 million people displaced.
An escalating conflict in DRC that erupted in 2022 when armed groups launched a new offensive after years of dormancy has left over 20 million people in need of humanitarian aid.