The summit, themed 'Positioning East Africa for inclusive prosperity in 2020 and beyond’, focused on the regions wealth as well as issues such as insecurity, the Ebola scare and a lack of proper infrastructure.
One of the sessions included President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, both of whom spoke on inclusive growth.
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Kenyatta stated that many people feel that they have not witnessed the growth or benefited from the region’s development.
“I personally am very clear on the fact that I do not believe that Kenya or Kenyans can succeed unless the region in total succeeds,” said Kenyatta.
Kagame added that although progress would come with its challenges, it should not cast a shadow on the development that has already been made in the region.
“We have made good progress [but] there are still many challenges ahead and we are not yet where we want to be. I think it’s a question of how we direct our resources, the right policies we put in place and we should be able to make even more and faster progress,” he said.