Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Monica Juma delivered special message to H.E Dr Hage Geingob from H.E Uhuru Kenyatta

Cabinet Secretary Amb. Monica Juma today, 25 July 2018 delivered a special message from H. E. President Uhuru Kenyatta to H.E. Dr.  Hage Geingob, President of Republic of Namibia.

The CS also conveyed a message of Condolence from H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta for the loss  of Rt. Hon. Dr. Theo-Ben Gurirab, who was the first Minister of Foreign Affairs, second Prime Minister and second Speaker of the National Assembly that occurred on 14 July 2018.

CS hosted for Dinner at the Heroes Acre in Namibia

WINDHOEK, Namibia, July 24, 2018….Cabinet Secretary Amb. Monica Juma was last evening hosted to dinner by the Namibian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation at the Heroes Acre Restaurant. Before dinner the CS visited the site where the Late Dr. Theo-Ben Gurirab former Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Speaker of the National Assembly was laid to rest.

Heros Acre is an official war memorial of the government of Namibia and is located in the Auas Mountains, less that 10kms south of the capital city of Windhoek.

 

 

CS delivers special message to H.E President João Lourenço of Angola

The Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs Amb Monica Juma met H.E President João Lourenço, President of Republic Angola in his palace yesterday. She presented to the President, a message of Goodwill from H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta which invited H.E. President João Lourenço to visit Kenya at his convenient time. H.E. expressed his gratitude to His brother H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta. He accepted the invitation and asked the ministers of Foreign Affairs of the two countries to start organizing for the visit. H.E. President João Lourenço, underscored the many areas of interest that both Kenya and Angola stand to benefit through their bilateral cooperation.

CS Monica Juma Drums up for the African Continental Free Trade Agreement

LUANDA, Angola, July 22, 2018 (MFA)…Cabinet Secretary Amb Monica Juma has underscored the important role of African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) in delivering the African Agenda 2063 and transforming the economic structure of the continent.

Speaking at a reception for the African Group of Ambassadors in Luanda, Angola, the Cabinet Secretary said there has been sustained efforts to improve the material condition of Africa. This efforts have cumulatively led to the most transformational and bold attempt at setting the continent on a positive development trajectory.

She said that the Kigali Declaration, the AfCFTA and the Protocol of free Movement of People are some of the historic outcomes Africa has made while on a journey to restore its independence, dignity and prosperity.

While calling on all members of the African Union to adopt the AfCFTA, the CS underscored the AfCFTA accrued benefits for Africa which she said will revolutionize the way Africans trade and also contribute to the realization of several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  AfCFTA will create a large intra-regional market that will attract FDI targeting exports outside the continent; market expansion; cross border trading; competitiveness and offer opportunities for the youth.

The CS noted that poor infrastructure, low access to finance by private sector, lengthy customer procedures, numerous trading regimes, lack of standardization within regional economic Communities (RECs), and intellectual Property are some of the challenges that could slow the implementation of the AfCFTA.

To address these challenges, the EAC region has embarked on a framework in development program called the Northern Corridor Summit, initiated to fast track the development of all infrastructure sectors that drive investment and development and has brought about positive results.

Towards this end, the CS called for unity of purpose, more Pan Africanism, more consultations and exchange of views in capitals, at the RECs levels, within the African Union, ACP, at the UN and all other multilateral forums to defend and advocate the African position.

Present at the reception was H.E. Amb. Claudia Grace Ushona, Ambassador of Namibia and Dean of Diplomatic Corps in Angola, Amb. Djigui Camara, Ambassador of Guinea Conakry, Dean of the African Group of Ambassadors, Amb. Josphat Makaira, Kenya’s Amb to Angola among others.

Kenya in solidarity with Japan following floodings

NAIROBI, Kenya, July 19,2018 …Cabinet Secretary Amb Monica Juma today in her office held a ceremony to express the solidarity of the Government and people of Kenya to the Government and people of Japan following the floods and mud flows that ravaged South West Japan, claiming lives and ruining livelihoods.

Speaking during the ceremony attended by Japanese Ambassador to Kenya Amb. Toshitsugu Uesawa, the CS assured Japan that the people of Kenya share their pain and loss.

“I convey on behalf of the Government of the People of Kenya our heartfelt condolences to the families of those departed because of this tragedy and wish those injured quick recovery.” the CS said

“Our thoughts are with you,” the CS retaliated adding that “Kenya joins Japan during this difficult period to commiserate with you in full confidence that you will overcome this disaster with fortitude.”

The CS stressed that Kenya highly values its relationship with Japan noting that since the two countries established diplomatic relations, Japan has always stood with Kenya through thick and thin.

As a gesture of solidarity, she donated a tonne of assorted teas for those affected.

Three Kenyans take up roles at COMESA

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA, July 19,2018…Three Kenyans have been appointed to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). The three are: Amb Dr Kipyego Cheluget, Comesa Assistant Secretary General in charge of programs (renewed term), Hon. Danson Mbuya Mungatana, Commissioner in the COMESA Competition Authority and Prof. Judith Bahemuka, a member of COMESA committee of elders.

Ms Chilese Kapwepwe of Zambia was appointed and sworn in as the new Secretary General of COMESA. She takes over from Sindiso Ngwenya who has retired after expiry of his term.

During the Summit, COMESA membership increased from 19 to 21, after Tunisia and Somali were admitted after signing the accession instruments.

CAS Ababu is leading the Kenya delegation at the 20th COMESA  Summit of Heads of State and Government.

KENYA GETS TWO YEARS EXTENSION ON SUGAR SAFEGUARD

LUSAKA, ZAMBIA 14th July (MFA PRESS) -Kenya’s sugar industry will continue to enjoy protection from influx of imports from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region after the COMESA  Council of Ministers passed a resolution accepting Kenya’s bid to extend sugar safeguards for two more years.

The current sugar safeguards will expire in February 2019 hence with the extension the safeguards will run up to February 2021.

 

Under the COMESA treaty, safeguard measures can be applied to domestic industries to protect them against international competition until they become mature and competitive.

 

The push for this extension was led by Foreign Affairs CAS Hon Ababu Namwamba who is leading Kenya’s delegation to the 38th COMESA Council of Ministers and Summit. Hon Ababu is accompanied by Trade PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo.

 

Speaking after the hard fought breakthrough at the Mulungushi International Conference Center in Lusaka, Hon Ababu hailed the extension as a fantastic window of opportunity for Kenya to revamp her sugar industry. “It has been a tough battle to get this two-year extension. But we have articulated our position superbly and what has been adopted is win-win really for Kenya and the rest of the COMESA fraternity. Am very pleased”, an elated Hon Ababu said.

He hailed the Kenyan delegation he is leading for the great teamwork, and added: “It is very good for Kenya as this ring fences our sugar sub-sector from indiscriminate sugar dumping, but we must make good use of this crucial extension so that we do not seek another one in 2021. We must now accelerate  substantive and effective reforms in the sugar sub-sector to make our production competitive and seek to bridge the current national consumption deficit of over 989,000 metric tonnes. We must push forward with the privatization agenda, power co-generation and bio-fuel production, revision of sugar pricing policies and step up research and development”, he said.

Hon Ababu also stressed the need to further protect Kenya’s sugar market from unregulated influx of cheap sugar from outside the COMESA region to ensure our local industry grows.

 

Hon Ababu represented Kenya at the start of meetings of the COMESA Ministers of Foreign Affairs. Among the issues on the agenda are regional peace and security as well as democracy and good governance in the region.

 

The 2018 COMESA Policy Organs meetings will conclude with the Summit of Heads of State and Government on July 18 and 19.

 

COMESA SUMMIT KICKS OFF, NEW SG TO BE APPOINTED

Lusaka, ZAMBIA, 14th July (MFA PRESS) -The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Council of Ministers meeting kicks off in Lusaka, Zambia. The meeting precedes the Ministers of Foreign Affairs meeting tomorrow and the Summit scheduled for July 18 and 19.

 

The theme of this year summit is – “COMESA towards digital economic integration” and its intended to rally member countries toward fully adaptation of digital technologies for fast tracking trade.

 

In the agenda is consideration of membership to COMESA by Tunisia and Somalia, this will bring the number of members from the current 19 to 21.

 

The Summit will also approve appointment of a new Secretary General of COMESA to take over from Sindiso Ngwenya whose term has come to end.

 

Kenya will be seeking for an extension of the sugar safeguard to cushion its sugar industry. The current safeguard is expected to expire in February 2019.

 

Hon Namwamba accompanied by Trade PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo is leading the Kenya delegation at the COMESA Policy Organs Meetings in Lusaka from 14th to 20th July and will also represent Cabinet Secretary Foreign Affairs Amb Monica Juma at the 16th meeting of COMESA Ministers of Foreign Affairs meeting and the 20th COMESA Summit.

Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS)

The Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Amb Monica Juma joined her counterpart from the Ministry of Defence, Amb. Raychelle Omamo at the opening session of the 21st Plenary Session of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS), at UN Complex, Gigiri on July 12, 2018. In her statement the Cabinet Secretary stressed the importance of Maritime security as a prerequisite for a prosperous and sustainable blue economy, and ensured the conservation of ocean health. She further reinforced Kenya’s commitment to the objectives of CGPCS and suggested a widening of its mandate to other forms of maritime crimes within the Western Indian Ocean.