Kenya Stands with ECOWAS on the Gambia

The Gambia

Kenya expresses solidarity with ECOWAS and calls for a speedy and bloodless end to the crisis in the Gambia.

We congratulate the New President H.E. Adama Barrow and wish him well as he takes over the reigns of power in a sisterly country. It is a historic milestone in our collective history and reaffirms the commitment of Africa to take responsibility destiny and deepen democracy in the Continent.

We are grateful to the International Community for support to ECOWAS and stand ready to offer any assistance required.

Kenya and Ethiopia Agree on Terms of Reference for Lake Turkana Basin Assessment

Friday January 13, 2017 (MFA Press) — Kenya and Ethiopia have agreed on Terms 0f Reference (TORs) for Lake Turkana Basin wide Strategic Environmental Assessment study (SEA), after a two-day bilateral talks held at the National Museum of Kenya.

Speaking during the signing Ceremony Political and Diplomatic Secretary Amb. Tom Amolo called for close collaboration between the two countries during the SEA process.

“Lake Turkana is a vital asset to both countries, and its of critical importance that we safeguard this shared natural heritage and preserve the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the Lake Turkana Heritage Sites,” said Amb. Amolo.

The goal of  SEA is to undertake a study on the direct, indirect and cumulative impact of development policies, programs and plans on the Lake Turkana Basin and its implications on the (OUV).

The SEA will analyse environmental, social, cultural and economic aspects of  policies, programmes and plans related to heritage, energy, agriculture, fisheries, livestock, environmental and water sectors at Lake Basin in Kenya and Ethiopia.

The Lake Turkana National Parks were designated as World Heritage Site in 1997 and this designation were extended in  2001.

Present and signing for Ethiopia was Amb. Shemsudin Ahmed who also doubled as the head of Ethiopian Delegation.

Kenya-Ethiopia Talks on Lake Turkana Basin Start in Nairobi

Thursday January 12, 2017 (MFA Press) — The Kenya-Ethiopia Bilateral talks on Terms of Reference  (TORS ) for Lake Turkana Basin wide strategic environmental assessment study is currently ongoing at National Museums of Kenya.

The two-day talks  will discuss the terms of reference  for Strategic Environmental  Assessment  (SEA) on Lake Turkana  and how it will be implemented.

In a speech read by Director Cultural Diplomacy Ms Hellen Gichuhi, Political and Diplomatic Secretary Amb. Tom Amolo called on participants to come up  with a mutually acceptable TOR bearing in mind preservation and sustainable use of Lake Turkana Basin resources is for mutual benefit of future generations of two countries.

“I am hopeful that during consultations,we will agree on one consultant and a common Ethiopia-Kenya SEA. This calls for close collaboration between the two Countries during the SEA process,” said Amb Amolo.

Lake Turkana is vital to two countries, apart being a tourist destination, it is also the largest permanent Desert Lake in World and World fourth largest Salt Lake.

The SEA would address the state of conservation of the Lake Turkana Basin in response to developmental programmes in the area.

India-Kenya Joint Statement during State Visit of H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, Jan. 10-12, 2017

  1. His Excellency Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya paid a State Visit to India from 10-12 January 2017 at the invitation of Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India. He was accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries for National Treasury; Trade Industrialisation and Cooperatives and Tourism as well as senior officials and a business delegation.
  2. The official programme of President Kenyatta included a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan, meeting with the President of India Mr Pranab Mukherjee, and delegation level talks with Prime Minister Modi; a Banquet hosted by the President of India; a courtesy call by Vice President of India Mr M. Hamid Ansari; and participation in an India- Kenya Business Forum in New Delhi. President Kenyatta also attended the Vibrant Gujarat Summit in Gandhinagar on 10th January 2017.
  3. Bilateral discussions between Prime Minister Modi and President Kenyatta were held in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The talks covered issues of bilateral, regional and international interest.
  4. Prime Minister Modi and President Kenyatta reviewed the status of the agreements and decisions reached by the two countries following the State visit of Prime Minister Modi to Kenya in July 2016, and expressed satisfaction over their implementation. The leaders directed that the meeting of the Joint Commission (JCM) should be held regularly at mutually convenient dates.
  5. As members of the Indian Ocean Littoral States, both sides emphasised the importance of further consolidating the security and defence cooperation between the two countries. The two leaders recognised that the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Defence Cooperation was expected to give a major boost to defence cooperation. The leaders called for the early convening of the first meeting of the Joint Working Group on Defence and Maritime Cooperation.
  6. Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in areas of maritime surveillance, maritime security; sharing of white shipping information and joint hydrographic surveys. India also invited Kenya to participate in exhibitions like Aero-India and DEFEXPO.
  7. The leaders directed that the establishment of a Joint Working Group on Security be expedited to prepare an action plan for enhancing security related collaboration. Both sides agreed to continue sharing information and expertise in counter terrorism, cyber security, combating drugs and human trafficking. It was agreed to build a bilateral legal framework with early conclusion of Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty, an Agreement on Transfer of Sentenced Persons and a Memorandum of Understanding on Controlling Narcotics.
  8. The leaders condemned terrorism in all its forms and reiterated their commitment to working together in this regard, including expediting the finalization of Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. The two leaders committed to strengthen cooperation against terrorist threats from extremist groups.
  9. On developmental assistance, President Kenyatta appreciated the power transmission line projects being executed by Indian companies under a Line of Credit (LOC) of US$ 61.6 million. Both Leaders noted with satisfaction that the implementation of US$ 29.95 million LOC for up-gradation of Rift Valley Textiles Factory (RIVATEX) and US$ 15 million LOC to IDB Capital Limited, for development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) was in progress. Both sides welcomed the signing of US$ 100 million LOC for agricultural mechanisation in Kenya.
  10. The two sides noted that trade and investment relations should be expanded and deepened. In this connection, the two leaders agreed to work together to encourage their respective public and private companies to explore trade and investment opportunities while improving ease of doing business in their respective countries to boost the investment climate. The two Leaders tasked the Joint Trade Committee to explore further ways of enhancing trade cooperation.
  11. President Kenyatta welcomed participation of Indian private sector in development of infrastructure related projects in Kenya. The two Leaders welcomed the first meeting of Joint Technical Committee on Housing held in New Delhi on 9 January 2017 as well as revival of the Joint Business Council.
  12. President Kenyatta thanked India for the progress in installation of a telecobalt cancer therapy machine – the Bhabhatron II at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi and appreciated training given to Kenyan oncologists under the India Africa Forum Summit Framework (IAFS III). He informed that plans were underway to put up a cancer hospital in Kenya under a Line of Credit offered by India. India reiterated its commitment towards a donation of essential/ARV medicines and medical equipment and capacity building/training programmes in the health sector. The leaders agreed on the importance of sustaining cooperation in the Health and Pharmaceutical sector. [President Kenyatta welcomed investors in the pharmaceutical industry, particularly in the manufacture of anti-retroviral medicines to invest in Kenya and reap the benefits of the vast regional market.]
  13. The two Leaders reiterated the importance of cultural interactions and people to people contacts in strengthening bilateral relations. India appreciated support of the Government of Kenya in successful organisation of the first-ever ‘Festival of India in Kenya’ in October-November 2016. Indian side welcomed the possibility to organize a Festival of Kenya in India in the near future. The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to renew the Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP) so as to boost cultural exchanges. The leaders expressed satisfaction over the increasing flow of tourists between the two countries.
  14. Kenya thanked India for the grant of US$ 1 million for renovation of the Mahatma Gandhi Graduate Library at the University of Nairobi and the setting up of an Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Chair for Indian Studies at the University. The two sides reiterated their desire to exchange coaches for training in athletics and cricket and hockey as a way of promoting sports cooperation.
  15. India invited Kenya to join the framework agreement of the International Solar Alliance (ISA). India offered its expertise in the area of LED smart street lighting and LED bulbs for domestic use. The two leaders reaffirmed the importance that both countries attached to the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and agreed to work towards finalizing the agreement on Cooperation in the Blue Economy.
  16. The two leaders reiterated their strong support for the ongoing reforms of the United Nations and its principal organs with a view to making the institution more democratic, representative, transparent and efficient so that it can deal more effectively with the myriad challenges of the contemporary world. They emphasized the importance of an early reform of the United Nations Security Council, in both permanent and non-permanent membership categories, so that it reflects the current realities and functions in an accountable, representative and effective manner.
  17. Both sides expressed satisfaction with the regular high-level contacts between the two countries that provide the much needed impetus to progressive enhancement and deepening of bilateral ties across the entire spectrum of cooperation.

 

### As on January 9, 2017 at 1930 hrs.

New Foreign Service Cadets Induction Commences

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.

Kenya Leaves Nothing to Chance in Drumming Support for CS Amina Mohamed’s Candidature

Nairobi Monday January 9, 2017 (MFA Press) – Kenya has upped lobbying for the position of Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) where Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed is vying with four other candidates from Senegal, Chad, Botswana and Equatorial Guinea.

At the weekend Deputy President William Ruto while leading Kenya’s delegation to the Inauguration of Ghana’s new President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, lobbied for Amb. Mohamed for the election due in January 30, 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

DP Ruto held brief talks with President Akufo-Addo and introduced CS Mohamed as the most experienced consensus builder that Africa needs at this time of its development and history.

Later yesterday, DP Ruto made a brief visit to Cameroon where he held discussions with Cameroon Prime Minister Philemon Yang in Yaounde and delivered a special message to President Paul Biya from President Kenyatta.

The Special Message seeks Cameroon’s support for Kenya’s Candidature for the Chair Person of AUC.

Speaking to the Media after discussions with the Cameroonian Prime Minister, DP Ruto said Kenya’s candidate brings a wealth of experience as a renowned public servant that is sure to propel Africa in the implementation of Agenda 2063.

“Amb. Amina Mohamed has many years of experience having worked as an ambassador to the United Nations both in New York and Geneva. She has also worked has as an Assistant Secretary General and in her current position was appointed the first woman Minister of Foreign Affairs,” said Ruto.

He said Amb. Mohamed was a consensus builder and a serious trade negotiator that Kenya was offering to Africa as a gift so as to push forward Agenda 2063 and the Pan African Dream of the founding fathers of the Continent.

Comoros Endorses Amb Amina Mohamed for AUC Chairperson

The President of Union of Comoros H.E President Azali Assomani met Kenya’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Amb. Amina Mohamed at the Presidential Palace in Moroni, Comoros on January 5, 2016.  Amb. Mohamed delivered a special message from President Uhuru Kenyatta on Kenya’s African Union  Commission (AUC) Chairperson Candidature. 

President  Assomani highlighted the critical role of women in leadership and their ability to lead the continent’s transformative agenda – citing the legacy of the outgoing AUC chairperson, H.E Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.  The President expressed his desire to see a woman elected to Chair the AUC. 

He applauded Amb. Mohamed’s achievements and acknowledged her capacity, proven leadership skills, great experience and recognised that she was the best person suited to Chair the AUC. 

 “Africa needs a visionary leader with the foresight, experience and skill-set of Amb. Dr. Mohamed to drive Africa’s development Agenda”,  President Assomani said. 

Kenya and Mauritius Agree to Establish JCC

Kenya and Mauritius have agreed on the establishment of a Joint Commission of Cooperation (JCC) within one year of singing of agreement.

The objective of JCC will be to enhance  and strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

This was reached at during a Ministerial working session held at Port-Lous, Mauritius between  Ministry Foreign Affairs C.S. Amb Amina Mohamed  and her Mauritian counterpart Hon. Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo, G.C.S.K

During the meeting the two Ministers reviewed the status of relations between the two countries and stressed the importance of  enhancing close economic cooperation.

The two Ministers also exchanged views on areas of possible cooperation  and collaboration between the two Countries.They also agreed to address impediments which hinder bilateral trade.

Innovative and Disruptive Models of Transformation key to Africa’s Development Says Dr. Amina Mohamed

Dr. Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and aspiring Chairperson of the African Union Commission held an intergenerational dialogue with the founder, staff and students of the African Leadership University in Mauritius.  Dr. Mohamed was in Mauritius to deliver H.E Uhuru Kenyatta’s special message to the Prime Minister of Mauritius and to open official bilateral discussions between Kenya and Mauritius.

The Chairman and founder of the African University Fred Swaniker described Dr. Amina Mohamed as an inspiring and great choice for Africa in the upcoming African Union Commission Chairperson elections.

Speaking at the University, Dr. Mohamed said that it was time to create the continent that Africans deserve-based on common values of governance, the rule of law, pan Africanism and sustainability.  She spoke of the importance of nurturing good leadership and disrupting traditional forms of exclusionary leadership and the need to give young people a chance to lead and to solve the continent’s toughest challenges.

 

Dr. Mohamed encouraged the students to embrace sacrifice as the real test of leadership and to break barriers interfering with personal growth and development. She was emphatic that linear solutions cannot solve the world’s toughest challenges.  Rather, innovation and positive disruptive solutions are key to unlocking solutions to new and existing challenges.

The African Leadership University’s approach to education and learning is innovative and disruptive. The University expands the intellectual and creative spaces available to learners through a hybrid system of education that combines classroom experience with practical work experience.  The target of the institution and its founders is to build 25 campuses across Africa, each with 10,000 students at any given time, making a total of 25,000 students across Africa. Over the next 50 years, the academy targets 3,000,000 students.  Plans to establish an African Leadership School of Government are underway.

The University has identified 7 grand challenges that call for immediate attention in Africa: urbanisation, healthcare, education, climate change, infrastructure, job creation and governance.  In order to tackle these challenges, opportunities lie in agriculture, empowerment of women, regional integration, arts and culture, tourism and conservation.

ALU is a modern institute of learning that breaks the silos of specialisation and shapes young thinkers to take decisive and bold leadership. Dr. Amina who is a known driver of transformative reforms and projects hailed this model as a necessary catalyst to solid, informed and dependable decision-making.