President Uhuru Kenyatta leaves for Canada.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Deputy President William Ruto in Nairobi on Tuesday evening 5th June 2018 shortly before flying to Canada. PHOTO/PSCU

President Uhuru Kenyatta left the country on Tuesday evening to La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada where he will attend the G7 Summit.

The plane carrying the President and his entourage departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly before 7 pm.

President Kenyatta’s visit to Canada to attend this year’s G7 Summit follows Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s invitation when the two leaders met in April at Lancaster House, London, on the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meeting in the United Kingdom capital.

This year’s G7 Summit in Quebec, which will take place on Friday and Saturday, will focus on economic growth, climate change and security.

President Kenyatta is expected to address the summit on issues of the blue economy and the environmental management.

Speaking ahead of the summit, Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Cabinet Secretary, Monica Juma said the G7 Summit is crucial to Kenya, as it will focus on the issues that are critical to President Kenyatta’s ‘Big Four’ agenda.

“For a long time, work policies have never really been favorable to women. Whether it is young mothers, whether it is women that need to train, it has been the question of balancing between work and family life,” said CS Juma.

She also said President Kenyatta will be talking on the environmental management as Kenya is a global leader, having been among the first African countries in the world to do a plastic ban.