KENYA, US SIGN BILATERAL STRATEGIC AGREEMENTS

Washington DC, 9th May 2019:
Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Amb. Monica Juma wrapped her four day official visit to the United States on a high note, today, after the conclusion of the inaugural Bilateral Strategic Dialogue framework. The BSD discussions centered its four pillars and concluded with detailed work plans that will guide implementation of agreed actions. Two significant documents were signed – first the BSD framework document and the Joint Country and Action Plan.

CS Juma arrived in Washington DC on Monday and over four days held a series of meetings with the leadership across the US administration- at the Pentagon State Department, Department of Commerce, the US chamber of Commerce, and the White House. The CS also engaged with the Constituency For Africa, a group of African American Small and Medium Enterprises captains and addressed policy makers and analysis at the Centre for International Strategic Studies (CSIS).

The Bilateral Strategic Dialogue seeks to grow trade and investment ties, enhance security and defence cooperation, promote good governance and multilateral cooperation between Kenya and the United States of America.

On Thursday, CS Juma, accompanied by CS Matiangi met with Amb. John Bolton, the National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump.

Their discussions centered on closer collaboration in counterterrorism in the Horn of Africa and expanding economic ties.

In her remarks, CS Juma noted that while both governments are focused on improving trade between them, the present “threat of international jihadism” from Somali militants Al-Shabaab and other groups, demands a focused effort to secure trade and investment.

“This threat is the greatest risk to our strategic aspirations because even if we think big, even if we create the right environment for investments and trade, unless we are able to tether the threat that comes with extremism, then we are at a risk,” she said.

While in Washington CS Juma also met with Mr. John Sullivan, Deputy Secretary of State, Mr. David Trachtenberg, Deputy Undersecretary for Policy, Department of Defence, Amb. Tibor Nagy, Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Department of Commerce team led by Sarah Kemp.

“I depart DC satisfied that we have prosecuted the agenda as directed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Donald Trump, and this for the benefit of the people of Kenya and the US,” said CS Juma.

INAUGURAL BILATERAL STRATEGIC DIALOGUE (BSD) IN WASHINGTON

Washington DC, 6th May 2019

Amb. Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs arrived in Washington DC this afternoon, for the inaugural Bilateral Strategic Dialogue between Kenya and the US. The delegation of Kenya includes Dr. Fred Matiangi, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government. Also in the delegation are high level government officials from the Ministries of Defence, Interior, Trade and Foreign Affairs.

The Bilateral Strategic Dialogue is a structured mechanism agreed upon by President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Donald Trump during the State visit to Washington DC in August 2018.

To be held biannually, the BSD will review progress in the implementation of agreed areas of cooperation, explore new areas of engagement and modalities for strengthening the growing diverse bilateral relations between Kenya and the USA.

This inaugural BSG will take place between 7th and 8th May 2019, and will focus on the following four pillars:

a) Economic Prosperity, Trade & Investment;
b) Defence Cooperation;
c) Democracy & Governance;
d) Regional and Multilateral Issues.

CS Juma thanked the US Government for convening this first session of the BSD; ‘I wish from the onset to commend the Government of the United States of America for hosting the inaugural meeting of the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue. This is a clear demonstration of its commitment to our strategic partnership. The Kenyan delegation looks forward to productive engagements in the light of the very successful preparatory sessions that have taken place so far.’

CS Juma is set to start her meetings today with Mr. David Trachtenberg, Deputy Undersecretary for Policy, U.S Department of Defence.

OFFICIAL VISIT TO UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

The Republic of Kenya and United States of America are scheduled to hold the inaugural Bilateral Strategic Dialogue (BSD) in Washington, D.C. on 7th – 8th May, 2019.  The BSD was established during the meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Donald J. Trump held in Washington on August 27, 2018. This arrangement elevated Kenya-US relations to a Strategic Partnership.

Kenya’s delegation will be led by the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Amb. Monica Juma, DPhil, CBS and will include senior government officials.

The Bilateral Strategic Dialogue will be premised on four (4) pillars namely a) Economic Prosperity, Trade & Investment; b) Defence Cooperation; c) Democracy & Governance; d) and Multilateral & Regional Issues.

Under the Economic Prosperity, Trade & Investment pillar, Kenya and the U.S. aim to step up collaboration that grows the economy through generating jobs and building technical capacity.

Further, Kenya and the United States will seek to deepen economic ties through maximizing Kenya’s trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), and explore trade and investment opportunities post AGOA in 2025.

On Defence Cooperation, Kenya will seek to enhance cooperation in strengthening military and strategic responses to domestic and regional security challenges.

On Democracy, Governance and Civilian Security, Kenya and United States will deliberate on issues of common interests including shared democratic values, anti-corruption efforts and increased civilian security cooperation.

On multilateral and regional issues, Kenya and United States will pursue stronger diplomatic partnership which provides a platform to discuss cooperation and coordination required to uphold a rules based global order. This includes collaboration in multilateral fora such as the United Nations as partnerships that contribute to a free and open world.

The two countries are expected to sign the agreement to guide the Strategic Dialogue and the Security Governance Initiative (SGI) Joint Country Action Plan to enhance civilian security and governance cooperation. A Joint Communique will be issued at the end of the meeting.


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 MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS-KENYA

KENYA-UNITED KINGDOM RELATIONS PRESS RELEASE

 

Nairobi Kenya, 3rd May 2019: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Amb (Dr.) Monica Juma this afternoon hosted Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, Hon. Jeremy Hunt.

CS Juma received Hon. Jeremy Hunt at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters where they held discussions on the Kenya-UK relations.

The Foreign Ministers addressed trade and investment matters between the two countries, their standing on post-Brexit and security matters.

On post-Brexit, CS Juma noted; “It is our expectation that our two countries will enjoy greater cooperation and a deeper relationship in the post Brexit era. I am confident that given the assurances by the Prime Minister The Rt. Hon Theresa May in August 2018 that there will be no disruption to our trade and we look forward to continue with the duty-free Quota market access for Kenyan goods in the UK market.”

On the investment aspect, it was noted that Kenya is setting the trend in the Africa region, and Hon. Hunt commended CS Juma for this.

“Kenya is experiencing renewed growth and transformation and remains a natural choice for investors. Following the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACFTA) by African Head of States in March 2018, Kenya is a preferred destination for investors in Africa. I hope that our engagement at the Economic Development Forum will give impetus for companies from the two countries to create business to business relations and utilize opportunities that we have created especially over 182 flagship projects under the Big 4 priority sectors,” said CS Juma.

Mr. Hunt commended Kenya for their role in the pursuit of regional peace and security: in the Somalia peace process, South Sudan and Sudan.

The two Ministers held a joint press briefing after their talks.

 

OFFICE OF THE CABINET SECRETARY

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS-KENYA

KENYA – SOUTH AFRICA BUSINESS RELATIONS ENHANCED

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 4th April, 2019…..Kenya has called on South-Africa to tap into the lucrative investments opportunities that exist in Kenya especially under the Big Four Agenda focusing on food security; manufacturing; universal health care and affordable housing.
Speaking at the 3rd Kenya Trade and Investment Summit In Johannesburg on 4th April 2019, Cabinet Secretary Amb. Monica Juma urged the private sectors of both Kenya and South Africa to drive the growth of trade and investment in both countries, and anchor infra-Africa trade by taking full advantage of the AfCFTA, to grow Intra-Africa trade and integration.
“Only through growing Trade and increasing Investments can we realize the promise of Africa’s prosperity,” the CS said adding that, “Kenya like South Africa has embraced the private sector as the engine of growth and is focused on enhancing investment performance by continually improving its enabling business environment.
The CS urged participants to build on the successes of the last two summits: – In the past three years, there has been strengthened business to business engagements, increased capital flows between the two countries and increased trade volumes. Nonetheless the potential to grow all these are huge.
Various actors and stakeholders made presentations on the products they offer and trade investment opportunities available in both countries. Expected outcomes included increased Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), exports, employment opportunities and transfer of technology and skill.
The Kenyan delegation comprised of private business executives with exemplary capability in manufacturing, aviation, agro-processing, financial intermediaries, logisticians, innovators, IT experts, investors in higher education, health, livestock products and media.
During her official visit to South Africa, the CS held a bilateral meeting with Dr. Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa at his office in Arcadia, Pretoria. Discussions focused on modalities of progressing negotiations in the area of movement of persons, goods and services between the two countries.
She later commissioned the newly refurbished Chancery-Taifa House in Menlo Park Pretoria, and interacted with Kenyans that were seeking consular services and had the opportunity to process travel documents for a Kenyan.

KENYA AND UGANDA STRIVE TO OPEN UP BORDERS FOR STRONGER TIES

MFA Press

Nairobi Kenya

26th March 2019

History was made at the footsteps of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Kenya, headquarters when Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary Dr. Monica Juma and Uganda’s Foreign Minister, Hon. Sam Kutesa signed the agreed minutes of the ministerial segment of the first Joint Permanent Commission between the two countries.

Open borders, facilitate trade, share transnational resources, secure our territories and populations security, among others, are some of the commitments contained in the signed minutes.

This will undoubtedly strengthen the relations between Kenya and Uganda.

Elated officials joined the two Ministers at a press conference after the signing of the agreed minutes.  The report came from long nights of negotiations that run through to the wee hours of the mornings for two running days.

At the press conference, CS Juma and her counterpart elaborated the elements of the deal agreed upon.  This report will form the basis for the deliberations of the principals tomorrow at State House, Mombasa.

“The long days and nights have paid off and it is evident on the faces of our teams.  We commend them for a job well done,  and now we will turn to the implementation of the agreed outcomes.’ said CS Juma.

PRESIDENT MACRON ARRIVES IN KENYA FOR A HISTORIC STATE VISIT

MFA Press
13th March 2019

A sunny Wednesday afternoon, 1405 hours, the jet bearing President Emmanuel Macron of France touches down at the JKIA. On hand to receive him
Is CS Dr. Monica Juma.

After an exchange pleasantries, signing of the visitors book and a short briefing – they proceed to meet his host HE President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.

President Macron is on a State visit on the invitation of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He is received to a colourful ceremony and 21-gun salute at State House Nairobi before proceeding for a private engagement with President Kenyatta and a bilateral meeting thereafter.

On top of the agenda is strengthening bilateral and multilateral relations between Kenya and France, and deepening cooperation in sustainable environmental management.

“President Macron is an addition to the growing numbers of strategic partners arriving in Nairobi. Clearly Nairobi has become the undisputed convening point for not only expanding our bilateral relations but most importantly forging international consensus on global issues,” observed CS Juma.

President Macron will accompany his host President Kenyatta for the Fourth United Nation Environmental Assembly meeting and to the One planet summit, both scheduled at the UNON complex on Thursday 14th March 2019.

Also attending these meetings will be the H.E. President Andry Rajoelina of Madagascar, H.E. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka, H.E President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo, H.E Édouard Ngirente,Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda.

MFA PARTICIPATES IN BEYOND ZERO HALF MARATHON

MFA Press

10th March 2019

It was a sweaty Sunday morning for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs family when they joined the First Lady, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta for the fifth edition of Beyond Zero marathon at the Nyayo national stadium in Nairobi.

The over 200 participants led by the Cabinet Secretary, Amb. Monica Juma, CAS, Hon. Ababu Namwamba among others participated in the 2km, 5km, 10km and 21km categories respectively. The proceeds will go into supporting programmes to reduce infant and maternal mortality.

The First Lady, who ran and won the 10 kilometer race was flagged by among others, HE Hailemariam Desalegne, the Former Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ana the former First Lady of Ethiopia Madam Romano Tefaye; giving this marathon a really champion and international flair.

CS Juma lauded the First Lady for her immense contribution through the word reknowned beyond zero campaign that has led to the realisation of the dream of Kenyan mothers and their children. She also expressed her pride in the MFA family for coming out in large numbers to support the noble cause.

“Running for a great cause and support to a great patriot, a great athlete and great transformer- the First Lady,” she tweeted.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was the official guest at the award ceremony held inside the stadium while the Deputy President, William Ruto participated in the 21km marathon.

Indeed, the MFA family lived true to the mission of the Beyond Zero campaign: To ensure that all Kenyan mothers deliver safely, their children are born healthy, remain healthy and are HIV free.

CS JUMA LANDS IN NEW DELHI FOR A JOINT COMMISSION ON COOPERATION

4th March 2019
MFA Press

Cooperation in the Big Four agenda will dominate this week’s JCC discussions in New Delhi, India.

CS Amb. Monica Juma landed in New Delhi, India this evening to a colorful reception by Dr. Neena Malhotra who met her on behalf of Hon. Sushma Swaraj, India Minister of External Affairs.

CS Juma makes her visit almost two years after His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta’s official visit to India in January 2017.

“I am looking forward to tomorrow’s engagement with my counterpart, I can already visualize takeaways from this important visit. India is a key player on some of the Big Four areas such as health, manufacturing and food security. It is this competitive advantages that will underpin our discussions,” said CS Juma on arrival in New Delhi.

The two day visit to India by the Cabinet Secretary includes a meeting with key captains of business and industry, a lecture at the Indian Council of World Affairs and a session with the African group of Ambassadors.

The CS will later visit Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for further engagement with her counterparts.

KENYA AND EGYPT FORGE STRONGER TIES.

People to people cooperation, trade and investment were part of the focus of today’s meeting between Cabinet Secretary Amb. Monica Juma and her host Egypt Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Shoukry Sameh.

The productive bilateral meeting took place in Hon. Sameh’s office in Cairo, Egypt shortly after Amb. Juma met with Egypt President H.E. Abdul Fattah Alsisi where she delivered a special message from His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The two discussed ways of enhancing trade, investment, people to people cooperation between Kenya and Egypt, regional and international security, and Egypt’s role as chair of the African Union.

“We reaffirmed our strong commitment to take Kenya- Egypt relations to greater heights,” said CS Juma.

CS Juma leaves Cairo, Egypt after a successful tour for bilateral engagements with her counterpart in New Delhi, India