DONATION FROM QATAR GOVERNMENT TO THE BLUE ECONOMY CONFERENCE

Principal Secretary Amb. Macharia Kamau today received a donation of Ksh. 50 million from the State Government of Qatar, towards the hosting of the High Level Conference on Blue Economy to be held on 26th to 28th November 2018, in Nairobi-Kenya.

The global conference is co-hosted by the Canadian Government and has attracted support from various countries and organizations across the world. Amb. Macharia, while acknowledging the donation from the Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Kenya, expressed his gratitude to the Qatar Government for the donation, and the support received so far.The PS said preparations for the conference were complete and that, the anticipated budget for the hosting of the conference has already been achieved, with half of the funds donated so far by various Governments and organizations received.

The Ambassador of the state of Qatar to Kenya, HE. Amb. Jabor Bin Ali Al-dosari, while presenting the cheque on behalf of his Government, expressed satisfaction at the growing bilateral partnership between Kenya and Qatar, and confirmed Qatar’s participation at the high level conference in Nairobi.

The PS said, the importance of the conference is geared towards realizing the untapped potential found in our oceans, seas, lakes and rivers, and builds on the momentum of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDG) and the Paris Climate Agreement.

Amb. Macharia underscored the importance of the conference to Kenyans saying that, the country’s advantage to the sea remains untapped, due to over reliance on land economy, and urged Kenyans to take full advantage of the conference and learn about new opportunities which exists and remain unexploited within our seas, and create sustainable economic development for our country.

CAS ABABU URGES FAO TO SUPPORT COUNTIES IN FOOD SECURITY DRIVE

CAS with FAO Deputy Director General Mr Daniel Gustafson.

Foreign Affairs CAS Hon Ababu Namwamba today paid a courtesy visit to Mr. Daniel Gustafson, Deputy Director General of Programs at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Hon Ababu thanked FAO for their work in Kenya and their global contribution towards eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. He assured the Director General of the Government’s commitment to FAO and in particular operations of the Country Office in Kenya. He delivered appreciation of the Kenya government for the support FAO has extended to the forthcoming Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi. FAO has made a donation to the conference budget, and DDG Gustafson confirmed to CAS Ababu that the organisation would send a high level delegation to the conference.

Hon Ababu urged FAO to align its programs and cooperation to the government’s big four agenda championed by President Uhuru Kenyatta that focuses attention on food and nutrition and security, manufacturing including agro-processing, universal health care and affordable housing. He further briefed DDG Gustafson on devolution and asked that FAO initiates programs to directly and actively support counties. “Devolution has transformed the development model in Kenya. Counties and the emerging regional blocks are swiftly becoming exciting magnets for investment and epicenters of growth and prosperity. I invite FAO to take advantage of this and tailor programs to work with counties especially in the areas of food and nutritional security, value chain enhancement and agri-processing”, CAS Ababu told Mr. Gustafson.

FAO was established in 1945 as a specialized agency of the United Nations with focus on agriculture, nutrition and food security. It has a network of sub-offices throughout Kenya in Coast and Eastern region as well as West Pokot.

CAS ABABU URGES SHARED PROSPERITY IN ITALY-AFRICA TIES

Foreign Affairs CAS Hon Ababu Namwamba, EGH has urged development partners to re-align their partnership model with the African Union Agenda 2063. He said Africa is in the process of implementing the Global Agenda 2030 and the AU Agenda 2063, both of which are geared towards inclusive and sustainable development of the continent. He was addressing the 2nd Italy-Africa Ministerial Conference at the Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperaxione Internationale in Rome, Italy. Hon Ababu was received on arrival at the Ministero by the Italian Foreign Affairs Minister H.E. Enzo Moavero Milanese.

Noting that the conference was happening in Nelson Mandela’s centenary year, CAS Ababu said Africa was “in renaissance mode and strategically positioned as the destination of choice for investment capital and a robust arena for trade and not merely a source of raw commodities”. He said while challenges remain, including low tax to GDP ratio averaging 15 per cent that is way below the OECD average of 34 per cent; low growth rates averaging 2-3 per cent compared to the global agenda 2030 minimum threshold of 7 per cent necessary for sustainable development; and slow translation of growth into shared prosperity which underlies gross inequalities, Africa was still replete with opportunities. “the vision of integrating the continent’s 1.2 billion peoples is firmly on track as exemplified by measures like the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA); Africa’s mega youth bulge bears unlimited possibilities for growth if appropriately harnessed; the continent is on a supremely positive trajectory of democratisation and stabilisation as evidenced by multiple peaceful political transitions, the Ethiopia-Eritrea rapprochement and the South Sudan peace deal and the determination to silence all guns by 2020; the drive for inclusivity, with women and youth taking more and more prominent roles, a good example being the election of H.E. Amb. Sale Work Zewde as the first female president of Ethiopia”, the CAS noted.

Hon Ababu stated that Kenya was happy with Italian investments in the country through firms like ENI and ENEL, and welcomed even more investors to come in. He also extended an invitation to the ministers present to Kenya’s historic Sustainable Blue Economy Conference scheduled for Nairobi on 26-28 November, 2018.

The CAS urged Italy to open her markets to Kenyan and African products and to support African growth as “the most sustainable approach to stemming the stream of immigrants”, concluding that shared prosperity was the guarantor of global stability. “Veni, vidi, vici (I came, I saw, I conquered), Caesar is reported by Plutarch to have declared after his victory in the battle of Zela in 47BC. Today, in 2018AD may we declare that we have come, seen and conquered all barriers to stronger ties and the shared prosperity of the peoples of Italy and Africa. Viva Italia. Viva Africa”, he concluded.

The conference offered opportunity for exchange of views between Foreign Affairs ministers, high level representatives of major international organizations and Italian business, academia and civil society, creating a framework for high level dialogue and partnership. It represented the highest level of structured framework of renewed and strengthened cooperation between Italy and Africa, launched during the first Italy-Africa Conference held in May 2016.

The President of the Republic of Italy, H.E. Sergio Mattarella addressed the opening ceremony while the plenary session was opened by H.E. Enzo Moavero Milanese, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and H.E. Kwesi Quartey, African Union Commission Deputy Chairperson. H.E Sergio Mattarella noted that the meeting confirms Italy’s attention to ongoing developments on the African continent and Italy’s interest in strengthening partnership with African countries. “Italy stands by Africa and is ready to hold hands with you across the Mediterranean”, President Mattarella said.

The Conference was officially closed by H.E. Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister of the Republic of Italy.

CS statement

We, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs take this early opportunity to welcome the appointment of, and congratulate, the former Prime Minister Rt Hon. Raila Odinga, as the African Union’s High Representative of Infrastructure Development in Africa, by HE Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, on 20th October 2018.

This appointment confirms President Uhuru Kenyatta’s strong commitment and leadership in pursuit of Africa’s integration agenda. The appointment comes at an optune time when African countries are ratifying the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) Treaty that aims at bolstering intra- Africa trade, in a bid to achieve Africa’s vision 2063.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will extend the necessary support to the High Representative in order to guarantee outmost success during his tenure of service to our continent.

Amb. Monica Juma
Cabinet Secretary.

KENYA- NAMIBIA JOINT COMMISSION FOR COOPERATION INAUGURAL MEETING.

THE Inaugural Session of the Kenya-Namibia Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC) opened in Nairobi on 15th October, 2018.

The first day segment was for Senior Officials Meeting (SOM), and was inaugurated by the Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary, Amb.Macharia Kamau,and co-chaired by the Namibian Permanent Secretary, Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation,Amb.Selma Ashipala-Musavyi.

Cabinet Secretary Amb. Monica Juma together with her counterpart from Namibia, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister Hon.Netumbo Nandi- Ndaitwa, graced the closing ceremony of the inaugural Joint Commission for Cooperation Ministerial segment, on 17th October 2018, at the intercontinental hotel Nairobi.

The General Agreement on Cooperation Framework between the two countries was signed by the Heads of State of Kenya and Namibia in June, 1992, and established the Kenya – Namibia JCC, with the inaugural session taking place in Nairobi.

The cooperation has seen several MOUs being signed between the two countries, while several others are due for consideration.

Amb. Monica Juma in her closing remarks hailed the existing bilateral relations between the two countries, which dates back to the days of liberation struggle by Namibians.

The Cabinet Secretary thanked the Namibian Deputy Prime Minister for accepting the invitation to participate in the historical Inaugural Session of the JCC, terming it a personal commitment to move the bilateral relations of the two countries forward. She said the climax of this cooperation will be witnessed during the high level engagements between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Namibian counterpart Dr.Hage Geingob, who will make a state visit to Kenya from 17th October, 2018.

Some of the issues of mutual interest to be  discussed during the Heads of States high level engagements and in line with the deliberations by the JCC working teams include; Foreign Affairs and Security, Economic and Trade Affairs, and Social Affairs and Culture.

The CS called on Namibia, being the current chair of SADC to push for the African Agenda 2063 at the international forum.

On her part the Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia Hon. Nandi-Ndaitwa thanked the Kenya Government for supporting Namibia during the liberation struggle by offering material and financial support to the people of Namibia through the SWAPO movement. She called on the technical teams of the Joint Commission for Cooperation to come up with a clear mechanism for the implementation process.

The Deputy Prime Minister called on African Countries to trade amongst themselves for economic development, and urged the youth to be in the forefront by driving the African industrialization sector and the realization of African agenda 2063.She confirmed Namibia’s participation at the Blue Economy Conference to be held in Nairobi-Kenya in November 2018.

KENYA – NAMIBIA JOINT COMMISSION FOR COOPERATION MEETING IN NAIROBI

THE inaugural session of the Kenya-Namibia Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC), kicked off in Nairobi on 15th October, 2018.

The first day segment was for Senior Officials Meeting (SOM), and was inaugurated by the Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary, Amb.Macharia Kamau.The SOM Meeting precedes the Ministerial segment which is scheduled for Wednesday 17th October, 2018.

Kenya and Namibia signed a General Agreement on Cooperation Framework in June 1992, which established the Kenya – Namibia JCC, with the inaugural session taking place in Nairobi. The cooperation has seen several MOUs being signed between the two countries, while several others are due for consideration.

The JCC aims at further strengthening the existing bilateral relations and increasing opportunities for cooperation between the two countries, in the areas of Trade, Agriculture, Education, Defense, Health, Youth and Tourism.

Foreign Affairs P.S Amb Macharia Kamau was joined by his counterpart from Namibia, Amb. Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, Permanent Secretary for International relations, who co-chaired the SOM session.

In his opening remarks Amb.Kamau called on the delegates to break new grounds and identify key sectors with potential for collaboration, while leveraging on comparative advantages of the individual Country for the benefit of the citizens of the two countries. He emphasized on the need to focus on essential tenets of agreements and introduction of action plans with clear timelines to enable full and quick implementation. The PS said the two countries have had an active framework of cooperation in the field of health, with exchange of medical students and health workers taking place between the two countries.

On her part, Amb Musavyi said Kenya and Namibia have for decades enjoyed a special bond of friendship, fraternity and solidarity. She said Kenya stood by Namibians during their long and difficult years of liberation struggle under the former liberation movement. “It is this rich history that laid the strong foundation of the diplomatic relations and bilateral cooperation between our two countries,” said Amb.Musavyi.She said that the JCC was not only strengthening the bilateral relations but a concrete step towards the achievement of the shared goals and aspirations.

CS engagement with the 19 African Ambassadors resident in Seoul

As part of Kenya’s focus on Africa centered foreign policy, Dr. Monica Juma, had an engagement with the 19 African Ambassadors resident in Seoul, South Korea. The CS statement focused on leveraging Africa’s presence in South Korea to achieve optimal outcomes. Underscoring the imperative of working together to realize Agenda 2063, the CS explained the elements of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement, and urged the Ambassadors to collectively define Africa-Korea engagement, and work together to tap into Korea’s competitiveness in the pursuit of Africa 2063.

CS meeting with South Korea Prime minister

Amb. Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs paid a courtesy call on H. E Lee Nak-yeon, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea as part of a decision reached between President Uhuru and the Prime Minister during their bilateral in Nairobi in July 2018, for the two countries to continue the exchange of high-level visits as a means of unlocking the full potential of Kenya- Korea strategic partnership.

During the meeting, it was agreed that Korea will open more opportunities including scholarships for Kenyan youth to study in Korea on emerging disciplines including Science and Technology subjects and competencies.

It was also agreed that Korea will complete a review of market access for Kenyan products to expedite the entry of Kenyan exports into most sectors of the Korean economy.

CS Juma commended Korea for its leadership in the search for sustainable peace, security and prosperity in the Korean Peninsula.

Korea affirmed that it will participate in the High-level Sustainable Blue Economy Conference on 26-28 November 2018, and expressed a strong interest that its private sector will mount an exhibition on blue economy on the margins of the conference.

On infrastructure, the Prime Minister informed that Korean companies are ready to work with the government to contribute to the Big Four Agenda especially affordable housing, and urged the CS to organize a visit by some of the large companies in housing and other social service like health and water.

On regional matters, the meeting reiterated that Kenya and Korea should continue to support South Sudan in assuring security and economic progress in the Horn of Africa.

On multilateral issues, the meeting agreed to review support for each other in the respective bids for non-permanent seats at the United Nations Security Council.

C.S Monica Juma in Seoul to inject new impetus in Kenya-Korea bilateral relations

SEOUL, Korea, October 8th 2018 (MFA Press)

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Monica Juma arrived in Seoul, South Korea last evening for a one day official visit. She was received at Incheon International Airport by Kenya’s Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Amb. Mohamed Gello.

During her visit, Amb Juma is expected to hold bilateral talks with H.E Lee Nak-Yeon Prime Minister of Republic of Korea, Mr Cho Hyun, and 1st Vice Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ms. Lee Mikyung President of Korea International Cooperation agency (KOICA).The talks are aimed at further strengthening bilateral relations and cooperation between Kenya and the Republic of Korea.

Kenya will also seek participation and support in the high level Sustainable Blue Economy Conference, scheduled for Nairobi on 26-28 November 2018.

Kenya and South Korea established diplomatic relations soon after independence in February 1964 with the establishment of South Korea embassy in Kenya, and later Kenya opened an embassy in Seoul in 2007. This relation was solidified by the high level visit to Kenya by the South Korea Prime Minister in July, 2018.

Japan joins Canada to Co-Host Blue Economy conference in Nairobi

Foreign Affairs  Cabinet Secretary Amb. Monica Juma held a bilateral meeting with her Japanese counterpart, Hon. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan on the margins of the TICAD Ministerial Meeting.

Minister Kono commended Kenya’s leadership during TICAD VI and underscored the importance  of continued engagement and strategic partnership. The CS conveyed condolences to the people of Japan following the recent destructive torrential rains,hurricanes and earthquakes that resulted in loss of lives and property.

 

The two Ministers agreed to continue working together in mitigating climate change and promoting environmental sustainability. Both leaders expressed satisfaction at the growing bilateral partnership between Kenya and Japan. Japan confirmed its participation and availability to co-host the High Level Sustainable Blue Economy Conference to be held in Nairobi on 26-28 November 2018 and appreciated Kenya’s support for Osaka’s bid to host the World Expo 2025.

The two leaders further discussed  the urgency of lifting Japan’s travel advisory on Kenya, finalizing of the Agreement  on the Protection of Investment and Avoidance of Double Taxation to incentivise Japanese investment,Japan’s facilitation of the access of Kenyan exports to the Japanese market, mutual support for candidatures in multilateral agencies,commitment to peace and security in the Horn of Africa and the Korean Peninsula and increasing the number of scholarships for Kenyan students to study in Japanese institutions.