President Kenyatta bids Farewell to Three Outgoing Ambassadors

NAIROBI, Wednesday, June 27, 2018, (PSCU) —President Uhuru Kenyatta this morning bade farewell to three outgoing ambassadors whose tour of duty has come to an end.

The three outgoing ambassadors are Botswana High Commissioner, John Moreti, Egyptian Ambassador Mahmoud Ali Talaat and the Outgoing Director General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) Sahle-Work Zewde.

President Kenyatta thanked the three diplomats for their commitment in improving relations with Kenya during their tour of duty.

The President emphasized on the need to strengthen bilateral relations with Egypt and Botswana so as to improve trade.

He said the Africa Continental Free Trade Area  Agreement (AfCTA), which was ratified this year in Kigali, Rwanda, offers all African countries opportunity to increase trade amongst the continent’s nations.

The President said he looks forward to working closely with Egypt and Botswana to increasing trade, the movement of goods and services so as to offer better opportunities to their citizens.

He also said the new trade pact would also enhance people to people relations amongst the people of Africa thereby improving socio-economic development of the continent.

While bidding farewell to the outgoing Director General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) Sahle-Work Zewde, President Kenyatta expressed satisfaction on the role played by the UN office in Nairobi in facilitating partnership with other international organizations.

The President said the UN offices in Nairobi continue to play a major role in providing leadership and encouraging partnerships amongst nations thereby encouraging people to people relations.

Present during the function were Foreign Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary Ababu Namwamba and Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau.

Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit Kicks off in Nairobi

NAIROBI, 26 JUNE 2018 (PSCU) ­­– The Northern Corridor Integration Projects (NCIP) Summit kicked off in Nairobi this morning.

The conference being hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta is being attended by Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame of Rwanda while President Salva Kiir of South Sudan is represented by a special envoy.

Ethiopia, Tanzania, Burundi and DR. Congo are attending today’s summit as observers.

The Heads of State are expected to discuss the progress of mega infrastructure projects designed to benefit the wider Eastern Africa region.

Specifically, the leaders will discuss the progress of implementation of the outcomes of the 13th Summit, which was held in Kampala in April, 2016.

Top on the agenda of the summit is the progress of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project, which is being constructed in all the four Northern Corridor countries of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan.

Kenya has already completed phase one of the SGR running between Mombasa and Nairobi while phase two of the SGR between Nairobi and Naivasha is 50 per cent complete.

The other Northern Corridor countries are at different stages to actualize the construction of the SGR.

Other issues to be discussed include ICT infrastructure development aimed at promoting regional inter-connectivity, Oil Refinery Development following the discoveries of oil in Kenya and Uganda, where the two now join South Sudan as oil producing countries.

Power Generation, transmission and Inter-connectivity in the wider region, Air Space Management, Human Resource Capacity Building and the establishment of a single Customs territory are other key issues expected to feature at the Summit.

The Northern Corridor Integration Projects is a multilateral development initiative established in 2013 to speed up growth in the region through the improvement of infrastructure for ease of movement of people, goods and services.

In total, there are 16 key Infrastructure and socio-economic concerns that the NCIP focuses on, with the ultimate goal of improving the infrastructure for business, and ensuring inclusive growth that leaves no one behind.

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Rwanda President Paul Kagame during the 14th Summit on the Northern Corridor Integration Project at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi
President Uhuru Kenyatta with Uganda President Yoweri Museveni during the 14th Summit on the Northern Corridor Integration Project at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi
Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta addressing Heads of State and Government during the 14th Summit on the Northern Corridor Intergration Project at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi
President Uhuru Kenyatta with Mr Aggrey Tisa Sabuni, representative of South Sudan President Salva Kiir during the 14th Summit on the Northern CorridorIntegrationn Project at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

President Uhuru Kenyatta signs the visitors

book flanked by DP William Ruto and MFA

CS Monica Juma

CS Monica Juma Hosts Diplomatic Corps to ‘Bush Dinner’

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs organised Diplomatic Tour to Mt Kenya tourism circuit came to close today Saturday, June 2, 2018.

The tour started on the eve of Madaraka Day where 47 diplomats from different countries resident in Nairobi enjoyed the hospitality of Mt Kenya Safari Club in Nyeri County.

On day two the delegation attended the National Madaraka Day celebrations at Kinoru Stadium Meru County and later in the evening Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary, Amb Monica Juma hosted a dinner for the diplomats in the bush where they were able to enjoy the different Kenyan cuisine. In attendance was South Africa Deputy President Mr David Mabuza.

Day three the Diplomats were taken for a game drive to Ol Pajeta Conservancy in Laikipia County where they experienced different flora and fauna in the park.

A major attraction was a visit to the Rhino sanctuary inside the conservancy where the diplomats learned the measures being undertaken to protect the endangered rhino species. The sanctuary is the home to the only two remaining northern white Rhinos in the World and 110 endangered black Rhinos.

Finally, the delegation had lunch at Trout Tree Restaurant famous for it unique design built on a large Mugumo tree (Agikuyu sacred fig tree) and whereby the trout fish served comes from pond beneath the tree.

The Diplomatic tour is an initiative of Cultural Diplomacy Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and aims to showcase the Kenya heritage and tourism attractions. It’s hoped the tour will inspire the diplomats to share the rich Kenya heritage and tourism.

The diplomats were accompanied by Director cultural diplomacy Ms Hellen Gichuhi and Protocol Officer Ms Nancy Sifa.

Kenya-Botswana Seek to Grow Trade

Gaborone, Saturday, June 2, 2018, (MFA Press) — Kenya and Botswana will work closely through their respective business people to encourage trade between the two countries which currently is way below potential, Hon Ababu Namwamba, Chief Administrative Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade has said.
Speaking when he presided offer the 2nd Kenya-Botswana Diaspora Investment Forum held today at Fairgrounds Holdings, Gaborone, Hon Namwamba said Kenya and Botswana had cordial relations at the political front that must be replicated in a robust business-to-business relationship on the trade front.
“We have agreed with the Minister for Investment, Trade and Industry Madam Bogolo Joy Kenewendo to revisit a 2016 Memorandum of Understanding that clearly stipulates how our two countries can trade better and increase the volumes which as we speak remain way below the actual potential,” Hon Namwamba told the Forum.
He said ways to grow volumes of trade between the two countries include joint participation in trade-oriented activities, deliberately promote ICT, e-commerce and exchanges on the livestock industry. Kenya will at the same time encourage its traders through the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry to develop tourism products including golf courses such as the one desired in Lobatse as well as taking advantage of the ready-to-go industrial infrastructure in the mining region of Selibe Phikwe.
Hon Namwamba called on the Kenya Diaspora in Botswana to lead the way in these investments. “In the words of JF Kennedy, ask not what your country can do for you. Ask instead what you can do for your country. Please be good ambassadors for Kenya”, he implored.
He further urged them to exploit opportunities presented by government focus on the Big 4 sectors of food security, affordable housing, universal healthcare and manufacturing. Hon Namwamba also invited both Kenyans and Batswana investors to strongly engage in both the Botswana Global Expo of October 31s to November 2nd and Kenya’s International Blue Economy Conference slated for November 26-28 in Nairobi.
“More than the economic capital you provide through remittance, you possess a wealth of experience and know-how in many disciplines that would be of great beneficial back home and even your current host country,” he told the Diasporians.
He said the Government was working to harness the collective collateral of the Diaspora’s business contacts, networks, opportunities, successful ventures, influence and power developed over time to leverage Kenya’s position and interests in the globe.
He said efforts by the Government to engage the Diaspora has borne good result exemplified by the growing Diaspora remittance which is currently estimated at Kshs. 222 billion; the largest foreign exchange earner ahead of Tourism and horticulture. It is estimated that if this trend continues, remittances could increase from 195 Billion in 2017 to  250 Billion in 2018, an increase of 25%, accounting for 3.7% of the GDP.
Hon Namwamba further assured the Kenya Diaspora and all potential investors that Kenya was a strong trajectory of political stability with all key economic and social fundamentals looking upwards.
“The political situation is calm and positive with His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto firmly in charge. Kenya today is a land of warm handshakes and hugs. Your investment will be in a very safe and secure environment. So even out here please keep shaking hands and hugging as you increase your remittances and investment portfolios back in Kenya!”, he quipped.
During the function, the Chairman of Kenya Botswana Diaspora Association Mr Tom Ochieng Atonga briefed the CAS on the challenges they currently face as Diaspora and requested that the Government intervenes to resolve them.

Kenya to Host Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi

Kenya will host a High-Level Conference on Sustainable Blue Economy Conference from November 26-28, 2018 in ­­Nairobi. Speaking during an editor’s breakfast meeting, the Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau, said the conference follows the announcement by President Uhuru Kenyatta, during the Third Session of the United Nations Environment Assembly held in Nairobi in December 2017.

The PS said the Ministerial Conference, will provide a forum to advance the global conversation on the sustainable development of the Blue Economy.

“The Blue Economy is a new frontier for development as we move to tap into the productive capacity of our water resources and empower communities in a sustainable way as we build our economy,” said PS Macharia. He noted that historically, great civilisations and empires have been built around and through resources from lakes, rivers, seas and oceans.

The theme of the conference is Blue Economy and the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development, will focus on new technologies and innovation for oceans, seas, lakes and rivers as well as the challenges, potential opportunities, priorities and partnerships.

“The conference presents immense opportunities for the growth of our economy especially sectors such as fisheries, tourism, maritime transport, off-shore mining among others in a way that the land economy has failed to do,” said PS Macharia.

The conference is anchored on the two conceptual pillars of: Sustainability, Climate Change and Controlling Pollution, and Production, Accelerated Economic Growth, Jobs and Poverty Alleviation.

The sub-themes include Transportation and Global Connectivity; Employment, Job Creation and Poverty Eradication; Cities, Tourism Entertainment and Blue Economy; Energy, Mineral Resources and Sustainable Development; Ending Hunger, Securing food supplies, and Promoting good health and dietary practices; management and sustaining of marine life, conservation and sustainable economic activity; climate action, agriculture and pollution free oceans; maritime security and enforcement; people communities and societies: the inclusive blue economy.

By hosting the conference Kenya affirms its appreciation of the importance of conserving and sustainably using our oceans, seas, lakes, rivers and marine resources through enabling cooperation for shared prosperity.

The PS called on the media as a stakeholder to collaborate with the Ministry in publicising, promoting and positively profiling the conference.

President Kenyatta Applauds Outgoing Russian Ambassador

President Uhuru Kenyatta has commended outgoing Russian Ambassador Alexander Makarenko, describing him as a great supporter of Kenya and the African cause.

President Kenyatta expressed satisfaction that bilateral relations and cooperation between Kenya and Russia witnessed a major boost during Ambassador Makarenko’s tour of duty.

“I am saying goodbye to a friend. You stood by Kenyans and my administration. We have ridden together in hard times and for that, I am so grateful,” President Kenyatta said.

The President was speaking today at State House, Nairobi, when he bid farewell to Ambassador Makarenko, one of Russia’s longest-serving envoys to Kenya.

The outgoing Ambassador thanked President Kenyatta and the people of Kenya for making his stay fruitful.

“I now take Kenya to be my second home. As I return to Russia, I will serve as an honorary ambassador for Kenya there,” Ambassador Makareno said.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma was present during the brief farewell ceremony at State House, Nairobi.

Kenya-Israel Hold Third Session of Political Consultations and Development Dialogue

Pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Political Consultations and in furtherance of the cordial relations between Kenya and Israel, the third session of the political consultations between the two countries was held on April 23, 2018, in Jerusalem. Previous sessions were held in Jerusalem and Nairobi on January 18, 2016, and March 8, 2017, respectively.

Amb. Tom Amolo, the Political and Diplomatic Secretary, led Kenya’s Delegation while the Israeli delegation was led by Amb. Alon Ushpiz, the Political Director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

While recalling the warm and deep historical ties between Israel and Kenya, Amb. Ushpiz said the State of Israel regarded Kenya as a very important ally. He noted the close cooperation between the two countries under the ambit of MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International development and cooperation. He further emphasized the need to continue with the exchange of high-level visits and to up-scale levels of trade through the commencement of the direct flights between Tel Aviv and Nairobi.

Amb. Tom Amolo, noted the need for the Israel-Kenya relations to evolve from bilateral ties into a strategic partnership given that interactions are at the highest levels of leadership of the two states.

He appreciated Israel’s continued development assistance to Kenya through MASHAV in sectors dealing with agriculture, water and irrigation, environment protection and sanitation, education, health and disaster preparedness and management among others.

Amb. Amolo underscored that the building blocks of Kenya-Israel relations have changed, necessitating the need for deliverables. He explained that the relationship between the two countries has broadened over time, and gaining more depth.

He stressed the importance of direct flights between Kenya and Israel which will increase the current trade volumes and facilitate tourism. He also informed of the Big Four Agenda which prioritises areas aimed at revamping economic growth. These include: providing Kenyans with affordable housing, universal healthcare, ensuring food security and revamping the manufacturing sector. He, therefore, invited the Government of Israel to take up projects connected with these areas of priority. Amb. Ushpiz explained that the reason for Israel’s success in securing itself despite the numerous challenges/threats arises from increased military capabilities, broadened relations and alliances/partnerships abroad, change of priorities among international actors, stability and predictability of Israel’s political arena as well as experience and capabilities in Agriculture and high-tech fields.

On bilateral relations, Amb. Yoram Elron, Deputy Director General, Africa Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed that Israel would in June 2018, open an Economic Office in Nairobi, the second such office in Africa. The office will be responsible for facilitating trade between Kenya and Israel.

He said Israel looks forward to hosting Amb. Monica Juma, the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs & International Trade, following an invitation extended by the Prime Minister of Israel, who is also the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

In her rejoinder, Amb. Jackline Yonga, Director/Middle East Directorate, said that the travel advisory on Kenya by Israel was negatively affecting tourism between the two countries and therefore needed to be lifted. She also called be speedy conclusion of labour agreement drafted by Kenya to facilitate the exchange of labour with Israel.

 

Kenya-Djibouti in Cooperation Pacts

Nairobi, May 9, 2018 — Kenya and Djibouti today signed four agreements aimed at boosting trade and deepening bilateral links. The agreements signed included Trade Agreement, MoU on Bilateral Cooperation in the Livestock Sector, Agreement on Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments and an agreement on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic passports.

The agreements were signed at State House, Nairobi, where President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh, who is on a three-day State Visit to Kenya.

President Kenyatta said the partnership that exists between Kenya and Djibouti is strong and efforts were being made to make the cooperation more fruitful. He said the two countries face the same kind of challenges since they are in a region that has for decades been ravaged by conflicts and modern forms of organised crime like terrorism.

“We have talked about how to strengthen our cooperation and to secure our nations. Both our nations are in a very troubled region and we talked on how to secure the safety and prosperity of our people,” said President Kenyatta.

President Guelleh said Djibouti desires to strengthen its partnership with Kenya in developing the region and making it peaceful.

He said Djibouti and Kenya are working together to make Somalia peaceful to ensure that the security risk that its continued instability poses to the region is eliminated.

“We are in a troubled region where we are confronted by extremism and violence. That is why our militaries are in Somalia to help it regain stability because what happens in Somalia has an immediate impact on all of us,” said President Guelleh. He said Djibouti, like Kenya, is sincere in its desire to make Somalia peaceful.

The trade agreement will open the door for more business between Kenya and Djibouti as it will act as a facilitation mechanism.

“The Parties, for enhancing and facilitating trade between the two countries, shall grant each other the Most Favored Nation Treatment in all matters relating to trade,” says part of the agreement signed on Kenya’s behalf by Industry, Trade and Cooperatives Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed.

In the bilateral cooperation in the livestock sector, Kenya will work together with Djibouti in expanding the livestock business sector. Kenya will tap the experience of Djibouti in unlocking the potential in business in the livestock sector especially in exports to the Middle East. The two nations will increase trade in livestock and livestock products. The agreement was signed on Kenya’s behalf by Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Mwangi Kiunjuri

In their desire to promote greater economic cooperation, the two leaders also oversaw the signing of an agreement which binds both nations to protect private or public investment in each country originating from the other.

Cabinet Secretaries Monica Juma and Fred Matiangi signed the Agreement on Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments and an Agreement on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic passports respectively.

Joint Communique During State Visit by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ali

JOINT COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AFTER BILATERAL TALKS BETWEEN H.E. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE KENYA DEFENCE FORCES AND H.E. (DR.) ABIY AHMED ALI, THE PRIME MINISTER OF THE FEDERAL DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ETHIOPIA ON THE OCCASION OF THE  STATE VISIT TO KENYA ON MAY 7, 2018

At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali, made a State Visit to the Republic of Kenya from May 6-7, 2018Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali led a high-powered delegation comprising Ministers, Senior Government Officials.

The two leaders focused their discussions on critical bilateral, regional, and global matters. At the bilateral level, they re-emphasised the great historical foundation on which the two nations have continued to build their bilateral relations and agreed that the vision of the forefathers to points to a future of shared values, culture and tradition.

The two leaders further emphasized the importance of strengthening cooperation that inspires prosperity of the people of the two countries.  They committed to the development of LAPSSET, the Northern Corridor including road network between Isiolo, Moyale through to Addis Ababa and the railway from Addis Ababa to Nairobi. Both sides agreed to finalise the Ethiopia-Kenya interconnection transmission line.

Both sides agreed to jointly supervise and inspect the Lamu-Garissa-Isiolo-Moyale and Moyale-Hawassa-Addis Ababa road networks. The Kenyan side will facilitate the formal acquisition of land in Lamu Port given to the Ethiopian government and the Ethiopian side reiterated its commitment to develop the land for logistical facilitation.

The two leaders strongly encouraged members of their respective private sectors to identify potential areas for engagement and pledged to continue improving the business environment and create maximum incentives for successful commerce.

To further intensify integration the two leaders agreed on the following:

To strengthen cooperation between Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines. Both sides agreed to strengthen the collaboration between the two national carriers, Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways.

The Kenyan side agreed to grant Ethiopian Airlines a second frequency flight to Mombasa

Both sides also agreed to unrestricted marketing to Ethiopian Airlines and Kenya Airways in Kenya and Ethiopia respectively,

Intensify cooperation in the Tourism sector;

Strengthen cross-border cooperation in socio-economic activities; Development of “Moyale Joint City and Economic Zone”

Both sides agreed to jointly invest in  “Moyale Joint City and Economic Zone” Project

Both sides also agreed to welcome additional investment for “Moyale Joint City and Economic Zone” Project

To promote joint military training; and,

Enhance cooperation in Agriculture.

The two leaders agreed that logistics arrangements for the One Stop Border Post be put in place within the next quarter.

The two leaders agreed to the exchange of prisoners. They directed the urgent formulation of modalities to ensure implementation within the next seven (7) days.

The two leaders emphasized the important role they play in regional peace and security and agreed to intensify their joint effort to bring greater peace and security to the region, in particular in South Sudan and Somalia.

The two leaders identified cross-border security challenges, exacerbated by vulnerable communities, as obstacles to sustainable peace. They agreed to focus on promoting inclusive economic growth of the border regions, such as the one contemplated by the Special Status Agreement, affirming that cross-border trade between the border communities could greatly elevate their quality of lives.

The two leaders expressed their deep disappointment at the slow pace of progress in ongoing efforts to restore peace in South Sudan. In pledging their full commitment to the IGAD’s mediation efforts they urged the leaders of South Sudan to place the interests of their people above their own in order to give peace a chance.

Both leaders noted that Al Shabaab continues to pose significant threat to Somalia and the region.  In this regard, they expressed concern at the continued lukewarm international support for Somalia, in particular, the inadequate and unpredictable funding for AMISOM, which poses a threat to gains made thus far.  In this regard, the two leaders committed to continue lobbying for adequate and sustainable support to AMISOM, including the provision of force multipliers for the mission in Somalia, as well as training for the Somalia security forces.  The leaders expressed deep concern at the effects of external interests that are aimed at further destabilizing Somalia.

The two leaders reiterated the need for strengthened cooperation in shared trans-boundary resources use, based on the principle of equitable and reasonable utilization.

The two leaders reiterated their firm commitment to a rules-based international system with balanced multilateralism and urgent reform of the United Nations System at its core. The leaders pledged to champion common African Union positions, especially within the Security Council. In this regard, Ethiopia pledged to support Kenya’s bid for a non-permanent Seat in the United Nations Security Council for the years 2021-2022.

The two leaders agreed that the enhanced strategic partnership managed by the Bi-National Commission (BNC), would facilitate the robust implementation of the historic Special Status Agreement (SSA) which holds a huge promise for the joint prosperity of both nations. They directed their Ministers of Foreign Affairs to insert greater urgency in revitalizing the SSA and invest more energy in reviewing progress of its implementation at the next Binational Commission.

The leaders noted that the various agreements and memoranda of understanding signed between the two countries provided a critical foundation for enhanced Kenya-Ethiopia bilateral ties. They agreed that the implementation of some of the instruments required better coordination. The leaders, therefore, introduced an implementation framework and a Mid Term Review Mechanism of the Bi-National Commission to facilitate robust monitoring and evaluation of the agreed areas.

At the conclusion of the State Visit, Dr. Abiy Ahmed Ali expressed gratitude to H. E. President Uhuru Kenyatta, and the people of Kenya for the successes achieved during the visit, as well as the warm welcome and generous hospitality extended to him and his delegation during their stay. He invited his Brother, the President of the Republic of Kenya, to reciprocate the State Visit. President Uhuru Kenyatta accepted. The timing of the visit will be managed through diplomatic channels.

President Uhuru Kenyatta took the opportunity to wish his brother, the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and through him, to the people of Ethiopia, greatest success in their task of nation-building

Kenya-Pakistan Bilateral Relations Boosted

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Amb Monica Juma, made a three-day visit to Pakistani last week as a follow up to the discussion held on the sidelines of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Pakistan Prime Minister Mr Shahid Khaqan Abbasi focusing on trade and security. 

President Kenyatta, then, noted that trade with Pakistan had dropped and engaged the Pakistan PM on getting trade back on an upward trajectory. 

As a follow, up the Cabinet Secretary met the Prime Minister Islamabad where she delivered a special message from President Kenyatta. The Prime Minister recalled his cordial meeting with the Kenyan President at the sidelines of  CHOGM in London earlier in April where they agreed on the need to enhance and diversifying bilateral trade between Kenya and Pakistan.

CS Juma later in Islamabad held bilateral talks with Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua at Pakistani Foreign Affairs offices where they agreed on the need to revive and refocus the Joint Ministerial Commission which last met in 2004. CS Juma urged Pakistan to consider simplifying visa acquisition process for Kenyans to allow more people to people interactions. Pakistani nationals can get visas on arrival in Kenya while Kenyans go through a strenuous process.

While still in Islamabad, CS Juma commissioned the Chancery and the official residence of Kenya High Commission. She also hosted the Kenyan Diaspora in Pakistan to a reception at the Kenya Embassy Islamabad and held met Kenyans students studying in Pakistan. 

She was a guest speaker at the Kenya – Pakistan Trade and Investment conference in Karachi. The conference provided a forum for Kenya and Pakistan stakeholders to engage with the of diversifying trade from traditional tea and rice to other potential products like leather, pharmaceutical, dry nuts, flowers as well as tourism.

She welcomed Pakistan investors to Kenya sighting good investment climate as well as Kenya been the gateway to East, Horn, Central and southern Africa Countries with a market of 500 million people. She also noted that the signed continental free trade area CFTA which aims to create a single Africa market will offer a foot to a largest economic block.