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Excellency The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development, Kenya Hon. Adan Mohammed, the Representative of the Common Wealth Secretariat , Dr Rashmi Banga, Professor Dr Mwinyihija Mwikione, Exceutive Director of LLPI, Senior public officials from Member States, esteemed private sector players and representatives from leading Media houses from Kenya and Uganda,

Ladies and Gentlemen, with all protocols observed I greet you all! On my behalf and that of all COMESA Fraternity and its Institutions, I welcome you all most heartedly, to this ‘special kind’ of innovative initiative associated with agro-based commodity value addition - Africa’s first Design Studio Project Launch and Training Workshop! Ladies and Gentlemen, In an effort to preview the agenda driving and promoting development through industrialization, trade and investment though well documented, still requires a broad consensus among policy makers, development practitioners and stakeholders. I have no doubt that such a consensus would conceptualize industrialization, trade, development, investment and poverty reduction as closely linked facets of sustainable development. These essentially are the ingredients that influence the establishment of design studios which are relevant and opportune in Africa today.

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