According to Chinese delegation in Geneva, Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, new secretary-general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), expressed he would attend the 17th China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) in Xiamen city from Sept 8 to Sept 11. Choosing China as the first visiting country after his inauguration, it fully demonstrates UNCTAD attaches great importance to relations with China, but also fully demonstrates the ratification of CIFIT international brand influence. Kituyi will attend the 2013 International Investment Forum on Sept 8 and give a speech.
This year, the theme for the investment forum was set as “Global Value Chain Remodeling and Innovative Development”. UNCTAD responding warmly and participating actively, jointly organizing a subject forum, the UNCTAD will also release some important reports on global trade and investment and commonly focus on this topic.
In mid-May this year, Kituyi was appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and approved by the UN General Assembly as secretary general of the UNCTAD. He will begin his four-year term from Sept 1 this year. Kituyi, 57 years old, was a member of the National Assembly of Kenya from 1992 to 2007, and he served as Kenyan minister of trade and industry from 2002 to 2007. At present, Kituyi is a visiting scholar of Washington Brookings Institution which is one of the famous American think-tank. Meanwhile, he is also a chief executive of Kenya’s governance research institute located in Nairobi, focusing on the academic research and the relationship between public policy and policy.
As a co-sponsor of the CIFIT, the UNCTAD has strongly supported and participated in the fair. UNCTAD and CIFIT held “World Investment Forum” at the same term, the then Chinese vice President xi Jinping attended the Forum and delivered speech. Founded in 1964, the UNCTAD now has 194 member countries. UNCTAD is the intergovernmental body in the UN system for the integrated treatment of trade, finance, technology, investment and sustainable development issues Its headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland. It aims to maximize the promotion of trade and investment opportunities in developing countries and help them cope with the challenges of globalization and on the basis of the fair into the world economy.
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