Nairobi, Monday January 9, 2017 MFA Press) — Principal Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amb. Monica Juma has today officially opened a three-month induction course for newly recruited Foreign Service Cadets at the Kenya School of Government (KSG).
The course is meant to expose the Cadets to the Kenyan Foreign Service and their expected role as Foreign Service officers. It should impact into them a clear sense of the mandate, scope of work, the required skills, knowledge and most importantly attitude necessary for them to optimise their contribution in the pursuit of Kenya’s national interests in the international arena.
Amb. Juma reminded them that the work of a foreign service officer is to promote Kenya’s national strategic interest abroad: Protecting Kenya’s sovereignty and territorial integrity; Enhancing regional peace and security; Advancing the economic prosperity of our nation and its people; Projecting Kenya’s image and prestige; Promoting multilateralism; Promoting the interests of Kenyans Diaspora and partnership with the Kenyans abroad.
“You are joining the foreign service at a time when the global system is experiencing rapid change with huge ramifications to its stability; globalisation and the rising threats of terrorism are some changes that may require your attention as diplomats. These changes place a heavy burden on the 21st Century Diplomat. It is not business as usual. Therefore, the analysis and deeper understanding of the Kenyan Foreign Policy is at the core of the duties and responsibilities of Kenyan diplomats,” said PS Juma.
Amb. Juma reminded the young diplomats that the Public Service of Kenya has equally been undergoing tremendous change. Part of these changes is the demands it places on individual officers in terms performance, integrity and personal discipline.
Present at the opening ceremony was Political and Diplomatic Secretary, Amb. Tom Amolo, Director Foreign Service Academy Amb. Simon Nabukwesi and Ms. Sarah Ng’ethe the training co-ordinator.