Amb Lazarus Amayo, Kenya’s PR to UN, New York, Presents Credentials

New York May 21, 2018 — Mr Lazarus Ombai Amayo has presented his credentials to the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr António Guterres as the Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations.

Amb. Amayo assured the Secretary-General that Kenya is committed to Multilateralism and is proud to host the only UN Headquarters in the Global South, a function that Kenya has embraced with grace. While thanking the SG for his support to UNON, Amb. Amayo said that he looked forward to the SG’s continued endeavours to improve the capacities of UNON to enhance its service delivery to member states. He commended the SG for his dedicated service to the United Nations and assured him of Kenya’s support to his reform agenda. He called for enhanced collaboration of the United Nations with AU and IGAD on the peace process in the Horn of Africa.

The Secretary-General welcomed Amb. Amayo to the United Nations and thanked Kenya for its generosity in hosting many refugees over the years and for its contribution to peacekeeping. He acknowledged the important partnership that exists between UN and Kenya and assured Amb. Amayo that he was keen to enhance the partnership.

IGAD’s ‘Bridging Proposal’ for South Sudan

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has a new peace plan tilted ‘Bridging Proposal’ for consideration by the warring parties in an effort to bridge the gap on outstanding issues in the High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on May 22, 2018.

The proposal aimed at identifying middle ground between the different negotiation positions is supposed to be deliberated upon by each party and feedback communicated back to IGAD on May 23, 2018, during the closing ceremony of the second phase of the HLRF.

In his keynote speech during the plenary session for the release of the bridging proposal, CAS Hon Ababu Namwamba encouraged the parties to look at the proposal with objectivity in the best interest of peace and stability in South Sudan. He also urged them to accept the compromise deal adding that ‘in any negotiations, victory is measured not by how hard you hold your ground leading to a deadlock but by how much you help shift the ground all round towards a breakthrough.’

“Peace in South Sudan is not a choice. It is an irreducible minimum.  It is the sole imperative and therefore failure is not an option in this process since the negotiations are about human lives and the survival of a nation,” said Hon Namwamba.

He reminded all parties that they will not walk away with 100% of their wish list, and guaranteed them their compensation is the assurance that their country and the people of South Sudan will win 100% from the precious inches of ground ceded by each of them.

 “Together we must sail this peace ship into safe harbour, together we must guide this last train home.  We owe it to the children, the youth, the women and the people of the great nation of South Sudan, Africa’s special last born,” said Namwamba.

On the outstanding issue of Governance, IGAD proposes; the principles that will guide governance during the Transitional period starting with the  structure of the Transitional Government with the Executive comprising of President (TGoNU), first Vice President (SPLMO-A-IO), Vice President (TGoNU), Third Vice President (Other Parties & Entities), Ministers (42 Ministries in 3 Clusters) and 15 Deputy Ministers.

On the composition of government and allocation of responsibilities, TGONU was assigned 55%, SPLM/A-IO 25% and Other Parties and Entities 20%. The structure and composition of State Governments saw TGoNU assigned 65%, SPLM/A-IO 25% and OPE 10%. It was further proposed that Transitional National Legislature be expanded to four hundred members and adoption of a federal and democratic system of government be considered.

The IGAD Council of Ministers comprising Ms Hirut Zemene Kassa, State Minister for Foreign Affairs-Ethiopia; Hon. Ababu Namwamba, Chief Administrative Assistant (CAS) Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya; Mr Mukhtar Mahad Daud Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Somalia and Ambassador Ismail Wais, IGAD Special Envoy to South Sudan, with their teams worked tirelessly and through the nights to ensure that the negotiation process succeeds.

On the outstanding issue of security, IGAD proposes; a permanent ceasefire and demilitarisation of civilian centres; cantonment of forces in all areas of operations; provision of transitional security arrangements of Juba during the transition; engagement of third-party protection arrangement to ensure the safety and participation of Opposition Leaders in the Transition; reform/establishment of security sector within 120 days; unification of forces to form one national army with 12months.

During the same event, South Sudanese warring parties comprising of the Unity government, opposition groups, political parties and civil society groups signed a recommitment document on peace and cessation of hostility to narrow the gap and silence the guns across the country and stop the fighting that has caused immense suffering to the people of South Sudan.  They called upon all their forces on the ground to immediately desist from and avoid any hostile actions prohibited by the CoHA. The signing ceremony comes after peace talks facilitated by South Sudan Religious Leaders as part of the High-Level Revitalization.

The second-round of the HLRF for the ARCSS comes to an end today, May 23, 2018, after the presentation of positions on the Bridging proposal by the parties.

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-Djibouti Joint Communique

JOINT COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED BY HIS EXCELLENCY UHURU KENYATTA, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AND HIS EXCELLENCY ISMAIL OMAR GUELLEH, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF DJIBOUTI ON THE OCCASION OF THE STATE VISIT TO KENYA FROM 8TH TO 10TH MAY 2018

 

1. At the invitation of His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency Ismail Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti made a State Visit to Kenya from 8th to 10th May, 2018.

2. The two Heads of State reaffirmed their unwavering commitment to deepen the cordial bilateral relations between Kenya and Djibouti. They noted with deep satisfaction that the cooperation between the two countries lay on a foundation of shared values and principles aimed at fostering sustained   growth and shared prosperity. In this regard President Ismail Guelleh warmly welcomed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s decision to establish an Embassy in Djibouti in the shortest time possible.

3. The two Heads of State directed their respective Ministers of Foreign Affairs to convene the next session of the Joint Commission for Cooperation in the next quarter, and to put in place robust monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to ensure implementation of the deliverables agreed upon.

4. The two Heads of State focused attention on expansion of bilateral trade, enhancing collaboration in air transport including cargo flights, as well as cooperating in Tourism, Agriculture, Livestock development, Education, Energy and cooperation between the ports of Mombasa and Djibouti.

5. On tourism, the two Heads of State underscored the need to enhance cooperation in Tourism with deliberate focus on capacity building, tourism management, education and training as follows:

  • Student and lecturers exchange program;
  • Exchange of scholarship and fellowships;
  • Short courses and management development program; and,
  • Joint research activities in Hospitality and Tourism.

6. The following agreements were signed:

  • Agreement on Cooperation in Trade;
  • MoU on Bilateral Cooperation in the Agriculture sector;
  • Agreement on Cooperation in Vocational Training
  • Agreement on Mutual Visa Exemption for holders of Diplomatic passports
  • Agreement on Reciprocal Promotion and Protection on Investment

7. Further, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Kenya Airways and Air Djibouti SAS, providing for Kenya Airways to assist Air Djibouti in capacity building and maintenance services.

8. The President of Djibouti visited a flower farm, a milk processing plant and the Olkaria Geothermal plant. In this context, Kenya agreed to assist Djibouti to develop geothermal energy drawing on Kenya’s experience in this area.

9. The two leaders also agreed to cooperate in the field of agriculture, specifically livestock breeding, management and trade, an area that Djibouti has registered commendable success. Djibouti welcomed Kenya’s interest to use her Regional Livestock Quarantine Facility to prepare Kenya’s livestock for sale in the international markets, and help to build Kenya’s capacity in this area.

10. The two Heads of State pledged to continue to work together in safeguarding peace and stability in the Horn of Africa region, specifically in Somalia under the aegis of IGAD and the African Union. Noting that both Kenya and Djibouti are troop-contributing countries under AMISOM, the two Heads of State called for enhanced and sustainable funding for the Mission to facilitate the delivery of the Mission’s mandate.

11.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 inadequate and unpredictable funding for AMISOM, which threatens to roll back the gains made thus far.

12.Further, the two leaders committed to continue lobbying for adequate and sustainable support to AMISOM, including 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 destabilizing Somalia further.

13.The two leaders expressed their desire to see a faster pace in ongoing efforts to restore peace in South Sudan. They urged leaders of South Sudan to place the interests of their people above their own in order to give peace a chance.

14.The two Heads of State underscored their commitment to a rule-based international system with balanced multilateralism and organs reform of the United Nations System at its core. The Leaders agreed to champion common African Union Positions, including within the UN Security Council.

15.The two Heads of State noted the progress in the AU reforms agenda geared towards economic emancipation as encapsulated in Agenda 2063 and evidenced by the signing of the AfCFTA in March 2018.

16.At the conclusion of the State Visit, His Excellency President Ismail Omar Guelleh, expressed gratitude to His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and the people of Kenya, for the successes accrued during the visit as well as the warm welcome and generous hospitality accorded to him and his delegation during the State Visit.

17.President Guelleh invited his Brother, President Kenyatta to reciprocate the State Visit. President Kenyatta accepted. The timing of the visit will be managed through diplomatic channels.

18.His Excellency President Kenyatta wished His Excellency President Guelleh good health and long life, and to the people of the Republic of Djibouti peace and prosperity.

Nairobi on May 9, 2018

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. 

Ethiopian Prime Minister Arrives for State Visit

NAIROBI, May 6, 2018 – Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed Ali, has arrived in the country for a two-day State visit aimed at bolstering the existing strong relations between Kenya and Ethiopia.

The plane carrying the Ethiopian Prime Minister and his entourage touched down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly before 5.00 p.m.

On arrival, the PM was received by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma, Labour and Social Protection Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yattani and Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko.

The Ethiopian Premier will formally be received by his host President Uhuru Kenyatta tomorrow at State House, Nairobi where bilateral and regional issues will dominate the discussions.

Kenya and Ethiopia enjoy cordial bilateral relations, deepened further by the Special Status Agreement between the two countries.