NEWLY APPOINTED ENVOYS INDUCTION TRAINING

Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Monica Juma on Tuesday presided over the official opening of the Induction Course for the newly appointed Kenyan envoys at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi.  The Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls-General were appointed by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta, on May 3, 2019 to serve in Kenya’s Missions abroad.

The Cabinet Secretary reminded the Ambassadors that they had a responsibility to service the 45 million Kenyans taking cognizance of the country’s history, geography, culture and development journey that the country has achieved.

“It is on the basis of this understanding that you will be better able to project where our country will be in years to come and use the same as the most critical ingredient in the execution of your duties and responsibilities” CS Juma said.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb Monica Juma underscored the importance of staying the course of the Foreign policy agenda in the country’s pursuant of a just, peaceful and equitable world and as representatives of H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta abroad.  

“Kenya’s Diplomacy is centered on promoting, protecting and projecting our image and space in the global arena… you represent President Uhuru Kenyatta’s brand, the Government of Kenya and the people of the Republic of Kenya abroad”.

“President Kenyatta, in his wisdom and in the bigger agenda of serving the people of Kenya, chose yourselves as carriers of his message in your respective countries to deliver his foreign policy agenda,” the CS said.

The CS called on the envoys to have an integrated approach in their roles to better manage the challenges in a rapidly changing global landscape.

The six weeks induction training is meant to prepare the envoys to the tasks ahead and refresh their definition of who they are in terms of the country they will be representing,  expose them to the strategic environment they will be expected to impact, and to expose them to the technical aspects of managing a Diplomatic Mission.

Wishing them well in their careers, the Cabinet Secretary encouraged the diplomats to remain patriotic and focused in execution of their duty and mandate in order to deliver on the President’s agenda.

UNSC URGED TO INCREASE AMISOM FUNDING

On 12th July 2019 Kenya convened the first Political Consultative meeting of Ministers for Foreign Affairs of AMISOM Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) in Nairobi. AMISOM’s current Troops Contributing Countries (TCCs) are Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia, Uganda and Djibouti.

In her opening remarks, Cabinet Secretary Amb. Monica Juma emphasized the importance of the political dialogue with regional and international partners with a view to evaluate the status of AMISOM in relations to its mandate taking into account the realities on the ground.

“The prevailing insecurity poses a grave threat not only to Somalia but also to peace and security in the region and Africa at large,” the CS noted, adding that the Horn of Africa is faced with the challenge of growing networks amongst terrorist organizations.

In an effort to restore peace and political stability in Somalia, The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) in January 2007 created AMISOM a regional peace keeping mission, which was later authorized by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in February 2007. In execution of its mandate, AMISOM has registering significant progress that led to positive development in Somalia including the election of a new government in February 2017.

Unfortunately, CS Juma noted, “AMISOM continues to face numerous challenges including security threats, gross underfunding, inadequate logistical support and deficiency in force multipliers and enablers. These challenges persist against a backdrop of a numerous internal and external factors that have a bearing on the execution of AMISOMs mandate.”

The TCCs called upon the international partners to continue supporting AMISOM and the Federal Government of Somalia in their effort to stabilize Somalia, while expressing concerns of grave implications of the AMISOM troops troop drawdown on Somalia’s peace and state building process.

The troops contributing countries stressed the importance of a well thought out plan on troop drawdown as this would have a great ramification on peace and security. The UNSC resolution 2472 of 2019 directed Member States of the AU to maintain deployment of AMISOM until 31st May 2020.   

The TCCs also encouraged all levels of government of Somalia to invest in building mutual trust and confidence and have dialogue to enable them resolve any outstanding issues amicably with a view to consolidate stability.

Countries represented at the meeting included Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia, Uganda and Djibouti. Partners present were United States of America, European Union, United Kingdom, United Nations, France and China.

AFRICAN REGIONAL HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE ON COUNTER TERRORISM

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Monica Juma, today held bilateral meetings with several delegates on the sidelines of the ongoing African Regional High-Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism and the Prevention of Violent Extremism Conducive to Terrorism at the United Nations Headquarters in Gigiri.

Cabinet Secretary with Ms-Beinata Diop

Amb, Juma received Ms. Bineta Diop, the African Union Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security at her office during which they reviewed follow-up to the ‘Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference’ held in Vancouver, Canada in June 2019.  They discussed modalities for promoting women engagement in peace and security in the region, and the upcoming African Women Leadership Network Retreat to be hosted in Nairobi in August 2019.

Later, the Cabinet Secretary met Ms. Bintou Keita, the United Nations Assistant General for Peace Keeping Operations who paid her a courtesy call.  In her remarks Ms. Keita commended Kenya’s efforts in the quest for regional peace and security. She further applauded Kenya for meeting the United Nations standards for gender deployment in peace keeping operations.

In her third consultative meeting of the day, CS Juma met  Mr. Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, UN Special Envoy for Horn of Africa and exchanged views on how the United Nations can better contribute to regional peace and security as well as sustainable development in the Horn of Africa. The CS congratulated the new envoy on his appointment and extended Kenya’s support in tandem with its long-held commitment to UN ideals and principles.  Mr. Onanga reiterated UN’s support towards the appointment and role of Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka as the Special Peace Envoy to South Sudan.

COUNTER-TERRORISM IN AFRICA – INNOVATION, LESSONS LEARNED AND STAYING AHEAD OF THE THREAT

10 July 2019, Nairobi – Kenya Jointly with the United Nations Office of Counter- Terrorism organized the African Regional High-Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism and the Prevention of Violent Extremism Conducive to Terrorism, held at the United Nations offices in Nairobi on 10-11 July 2019.

The meeting brought together more than 1200 participants from over 100 countries to share experiences, challenges and good practices in countering terrorism and Violent Extremism, all geared towards a world free from threats of terrorism.

The conference  under the theme ‘Enhance our understanding of the terrorism threats faced by African countries, to share good practices and lessons learned, and to identify how cooperation among Member States and with the United Nations can be made more effective,’  was officially opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and attended by H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations and H.E. Moussa Faki, Chairperson, African Union Commission.

While speaking during a panel discussion on Counter-Terrorism in Africa –Innovation, lessons learned and staying ahead of the threat, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Ambassador. Monica Juma noted the vulnerability of all nations and the need for countries to work together to stay ahead of the threats presented by terror groups. “no nation can consider itself immune from the threat of terrorism and no society can remain disengaged making a shared responsibility for peaceful equitable and sustainable society necessary.”

The Cabinet Secretary reiterated that there is dire need for a regional strategy that will address the drivers of violent extremism in Africa and provide the requisite framework for coordinating responses to this challenge.

“Africa is increasingly becoming the focus and new frontline in the global struggle against terrorism. Terrorist groups and their violent extremist supporters continue to evolve, spread into new regions, exploit new technologies and tactics, and promote their insidious narratives offline and online.” The CS noted.

On technology aiding terrorist activities, she noted that the internet has made it easier for the terrorist to diffuse radical ideologies especially to the youth, recruit and build online terrorist networks of illegal activities and other transnational crimes.

Like other countries, the CS said, Kenya remains concerned over the global problem and has put in place strategies to confront, prevent and eradicate this major threat to international peace and security. Kenya is also committed to all regional and international instruments established to combat terrorism and counter violent extremism.

 In an effort to build partnerships and enhance relations, CS Juma, on the sidelines of the Counter Terrorism Conference held bilateral meeting with Amb. Nathan Sales, Coordinator for Counter Terrorism, US Department of State where they reaffirmed the value of deepening Kenya-US cooperation in counter terrorism and preventing violent extremism.

AFRICAN FIRST LADIES MEETING

Niamey 06th July 2019

Cabinet Secretary, Amb. Monica Juma received H.E. Margaret Kenyatta, First Lady upon her arrival at Diori Hamani international airport in Niamey – Niger today. Her Excellency is in Niger to attend the African First Ladies meeting, which starts this afternoon.

Kenya to lead CGPCS for the Period 2020-2021

Kenya has been elected the chair of the Contant Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) for a period of two years beginning January 2020. The unanimous decision was made at the 22nd Plenary Session of the group held on 20th June 2019 in Balaclava, Mauritius where the Kenyan Delegation was led by Defence CS Raychelle Omamo and Foreign Affairs CAS Ababu-Terrah Namwamba.

Maritime security is key to Kenya’s national security and the blue economy agenda. The chairmanship affords Kenya the opportunity to coordinate regional and international efforts to deal with the challenge of piracy which still remains a threat to the Maritime sector, despite being suppressed in recent times. 

Delivering Kenya’s acceptance speech, CS Omamo assured the Plenary that Kenya will work with all member states and stakeholders to ensure that efforts of the international community to deter and combat piracy activities through enhanced maritime surveillance, patrols and monitoring and capacity building remain agile and effective. In addition, Kenya assured the membership that it will endeavor to enhance information sharing amongst all stakeholders, noting that this is key for effective coordination of counter-piracy programs.

As chair, Kenya will endeavor to provide strong leadership to consolidate the work done by Mauritius and the previous chairs and to secure the legacy of the group.

NAIROBI -GENEVA DIRECT FLIGHT

“I had the pleasure to once again, carry Kenya’s flag aboard this inaugural KQ flight to Geneva. Ambassador of Switzerland to Kenya, Dr. Ralf Heckner, with me as he brings home a Swiss flag too. No doubt we are driving Kenya- Switzerland relations to higher levels!” Cabinet Secretary, Amb. Monica Juma in Geneva, Switzerland.

MFA CS HOSTS EU HIGH REPRESENTATIVE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND POLICY

Nairobi Kenya, 21st May 2019:

Today, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Amb. Monica Juma received hosted HE Federica Mogherini the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, at her office.

The talks between the two focused on cooperation between Kenya and the EU on regional peace and security, blue economy, trade and multilateralism.

‘The partnership between Kenya and European Union is a key pillar of our relationship as reflected by regular structured dialogue between the Kenya Government and Head of Missions from EU member states to deliberate on matters of mutual interest, including promoting peace and security, trade and investment, climate change, the Big Four Agenda and development cooperation.” noted CS Juma.

HE Morgherine commended and thanked Kenya for its role in the pursuit of peace and security and leadership in driving regional
integration. The two Ministers agreed on enhancing cooperation across all areas and particularly on peace and security and trade.

CS Juma took the opportunity to seek support for Kenya’s bid for the UN Security Council non-permanent seat in the period 2021-2022.

“I note that Kenya has found a valuable partner in the EU in numerous areas, including supporting peace and security in our fragile region, contribution towards counter terrorism initiatives mainly through the EU Regional Counter- Terrorism (CT) Law Enforcement Project-Horn of Africa and Yemen. In combating global terrorism and sustaining the painful gains, we urge you to support Kenya in listing the Al-Shabab as a terrorism organization under the United Nation Security Council Resolution 1267,” said CS Juma.

Later on, they addressed a press briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters before proceeding for a high level meeting with His Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House Nairobi.

Thereafter, the two Ministers will attend the launch of the cross border program at the UNON complex in Gigiri.

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.