GRATITUDE

 

Tonight, I relish in a great sense of pride and accomplishment as I thank all of you- Kenyans for the hospitality and zeal you have accorded the world during the first ever Sustainable Blue Economy Conference, held in Nairobi 26-28 November 2018.

Indeed, you came out and in your usual Kenyan way, welcomed the world to Kenya.

To my staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the MDAs and media who effortlessly, professionally and tirelessly supported this international effort, Kudos for executing this conference professionally and with decor. To my colleagues in Government who also worked tirelessly- I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Each one of you was a star performer.

I also want to thank H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta for his vision and leadership that has enabled Kenya to provide global leadership. You defined the agenda, and we have clarified and mobilized the world around it. Thank you Mr. President.

What is next is the implementation of the concrete commitments made. Kenya has, once again, broken a new path for itself, for Africa, for the world.

Amb. Monica Juma DPhil, CBS
Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY HON. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H., PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES AT THE LEADERSHIP COMMITMENT SEGMENT OF THE SUSTAINABLE BLUE ECONOMY CONFERENCE – 26/11/2018

NAIROBI, Kenya 26th November 2018

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AFRICAN UNION SUMMIT APPOINTS PRESIDENT DANNY FAURE OF SEYCHELLES AS THE AFRICAN UNION CHAMPION ON BLUE ECONOMY

H.E. PRESIDENT DANNY FAURE OF SEYCHELLES – AFRICAN UNION CHAMPION ON BLUE ECONOMY

We, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is coordinating the organization and delivery of the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference, welcome the appointment, by the African Union summit of President Danny Faure of SEYCHELLES as the AFRICAN Union Champion on Blue Economy. There could not have been a better champion for this emerging significant area. Only last week Seychelles issued the first blue bond! We pledge to intensify our cooperation and collaboration with this sisterly country as we, together, explore the range of opportunities availed to humanity by our blue assets. We also look forward to welcoming the Seychelles delegation to the SBEC in Nairobi, next week.

Amb. Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary.

A REFORMED, EFFICIENT AUC KEY FOR DRIVING AGENDA 2063

ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia, 15th November 2018……It was a full day for Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb Monica Juma on her second day in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia where she is attending the 20th Extra Ordinary session of the African Union Executive Council.

The session is focused on the reform of the African Union Commission; and is also a preparatory session for the 11th Extra ordinary summit of the African Union scheduled for 17th and 18th of November 2018.

During her statement the CS underscored the imperative to have a structure that was rationalised, that ensured no duplication and enhanced coherence and synergy. She emphasized the need for selection of leadership to be guided by international best practices and proposed the establishment of an HR system that is credible, that ensures transparent recruitment, that reward s performance and that attracts and retains qualified African citizens in the African Union Commission.

She also urged that the efforts that are ongoing at the national levels to pursue good governance and improve accountability and eliminate wastage and corruption should be reflected at the AUC. In this regard, she called for reforms that give the African citizens value for their contribution to the AUC. Finally, the CS reaffirmed Kenya’s strong commitment and availability to support and continue contributing to reforming the AUC, which is an engine for achieving agenda 2063.

The CS has also held aa number of bilateral meetings with her counterparts, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Amb. Ahmed Isse Awad; the Minister of Foreign Affairs & Cooperation of Mozambique, H.E. Jose Antonio Condugua Pachecho; the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation of The Gambia Hon Dr. Mamadou Tangara. In all cases, the ministers underscored the necessity to strengthen our bilateral relations, enhance our cooperation in regional and global issues; agreed to support Kenya’s bid for the UNSC in 2021-2022; and all confirmed high level participation in the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference on 26-28 November 2018.

On 16th November 2018, the CS will attend a ministerial meeting of the EAC foreign ministers, IGAD Council session, and hold a number of scheduled bilateral meetings.

KENYATTA FOR A PEACEFUL, SECURE AND UNITED REGION

JUBA South Sudan,On 12th November 2018, as President Uhuru Kenyatta was in flight from a peace forum in Paris where he pitches for stronger multilateralism as the tool of choice in addressing the myriad challenges afflicting the world including insecurity and climate change, his Cabinet Secretary for foreign affairs, Dr Monica Juma landed in Juba as his special envoy to deliver a message to President Salva Kiir of the Republic of South Sudan.

Dr. Juma conveyed congratulations to President Kiir and the people of South Sudan for coming together in the search for peace in their country through the signing of the revitalized agreement. He also reaffirmed the commitment of Kenya to walk with South Sudan in the implementation of the peace deal.

Amb Juma was received on her arrival in the republic of South Sudan by the Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Deng Dau Deng Malek. She then proceeded to have a bilateral meeting with her counterpart Dr Nhail Deng Nhail at the South Sudan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters in Juba. The two ministers reviewed the conclusions of a meeting they held in Nairobi two weeks ago and agreed to continue strengthening the bilateral relations between Kenya and South Sudan, as well as their collaboration in regional
and global arena especially as far as mobilizing support for regional peace and stability is concerned.

Later in the evening, Amb Juma was hosted to dinner by Minister Nhail, which brought together several ministers, chair and deputy chair of the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs as well as officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the ensuing interaction both delegations discussed ways of further strengthening our people to people cooperation and how to optimize regional cooperation at the EAC and IGAD levels.

Amb Juma will tomorrow host African Diplomatic Group (ADG) based in Juba for lunch before departure.

BALANCED TRADE KEY FOR SHARED PROSPERITY, CS JUMA

SHANGHAI China, 4th November 2018……..Kenya and China have agreed to increase their collaboration in trade, movement of persons and multilateral engagements.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Monica Juma today met and held a bilateral meeting with her Chinese counterpart H.E. Mr. Wang Yi, Counselor and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in Shanghai, China on 4th November, 2018.

The two discussed the state of bilateral relations between Kenya and China, and mapped out ways of enhancing collaboration across the area of cooperation at the bilateral and regional arena. In this regard they agreed to convene the Bilateral Steering Commission, in Nairobi in early 2019 to take stock of progress made. The ministers also agreed to collaborate at the multilateral level including in the pursuit of the United Nations Security Council Reforms.

CS Juma held her meeting ahead of the bilateral talks between His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and his counterpart, His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People’s republic of China.

The meeting between two Presidents focused on promoting economic and trade exchange and cooperation between the two countries with President Kenyatta noting that Kenya looks forward to an open chinese market for Kenya’s exports.

CS Juma is accompanying President Kenyatta to the first ever China International Import Expo (CIIE) scheduled for taking place from tomorrow 5th November 2018 at the National Convention and Exhibition Center in Shanghai China.

CIIE focuses on import and is an open and cooperative platform for countries and regions to showcase their development achievements and conduct international trade. It is a global public good that promotes the Belt and Road Initiative, economic globalization, as well as inclusive and reciprocal development.

The exhibition is hosted by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s republic of China and Shanghai municipality people’s Government, supported by World Trade Organization(WTO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

The event gathers government officials, business communities, exhibitors and professional purchasers across the world and provides them with new channels for countries and regions to do business, strengthen cooperation and promote common prosperity of the world economy and trade.

African countries invited to the CIIE include Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Egypt, Senegal, Morocco and Ghana.

IORA COUNCIL MEETING KICK OFF IN DURBAN SOUTH AFRICA

Durban South Africa 1st November 2018 -Foreign Affairs CAS Hon. Ababu Namwamba arrived in Durban South Africa where he is leading the Kenyan delegation at the 18th meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers meeting. This is preceded by Committee of Senior Officials (CSO).

The India Ocean RIM Association (IORA) was formed in 1997 with an aim of promoting trade and economic cooperation among the Countries which share the Indian Ocean waters.it comprises of 21 member states, 7 dialogue partners and 2 observer groups. The IORA region controls  a third of World population. In addition, the Indian Ocean is the World third largest Ocean which carries one- third of World cargo traffic and two- thirds of World oil shipment.

During the meeting Kenya will drum up  for support   and participation of member Countries in the sustainable  blue economy conference which Kenya is hosting from 26th -28th Nov and also seek collaboration with member countries in enhancing maritime security along the Indian Ocean. Kenya Coast line is approximately 650 kms and spans from its border with Somali  upto  the Tanzania border.

The meeting will also be an opportunity for Kenya to renew and amplify the importance of blue economy in its development agenda and to fully exploit its potential. Kenyas blue economy contributes 178.8 billion to the Country GDP annually and unexploited potential if fully developed would grow Kenya GDP upto 430 billion annually.

The Council of Ministers will discuss pertinent issues of enhancing regional cooperation in the Indian Ocean region in line with the objective of IORA of promoting economic regional cooperation by ensuring sustainable exploitation of Indian Ocean Resources to provide maximum opportunities for development, shared interest and mutual benefits.

CELEBRATIONS OF THE FOUNDING OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA

Chief Administrative Secretary, Hon. Ababu Namwamba joined H.E. Mr. Pavel Řezáč, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Kenya, and H.E Mr. František Dlhopolček, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to Kenya on the centenary celebrations of the founding of Czechoslovakia.

The event offered a great opportunity to reflect on the strong bonds of friendship that have existed between Kenya and the two countries since 1993.The CAS acknowledged increased bilateral cooperation between Kenya and the two countries especially in agriculture, scientific research, defense, tourism, education, economic, political and regional transition, “We note with appreciation the joint EU-Visegard Group Agricultural development launched in June 2018 in Kilifi,CAS said the project supports 15,000 local farmers in the Coastal region in the production of sesame and cashew nuts.

He informed that an MoU on Trade and Technical Cooperation with the Czech Republic has been concluded, and that the Agreement on Cultural Cooperation between Kenya and Slovak, provides for a formation of a joint Committee on Cultural Cooperation, which will further enhance the cooperation between the two countries.

The high level visit in February, 2018 by the President of Slovak Republic, H.E Andrej Kiska signaled an excellent level of increased cordial relations between the two countries, said Hon Namwamba.
“Slovak Republic is keen on expanding bilateral cooperation with Kenya, and has proposed the reactivation of development cooperation between the two countries”
Slovak, through Slovak Aid has also supported over 35,000 rural farmers in processing and exporting macadamia.
Hon, Ababu Namwamba was pleased to note the continued partnership with the two countries at the multilateral level mainly at the WTO and UN Security council reforms. He also sought support from Czech and Slovak Republics to carry out robust reforms that will strengthen and consolidate support to the United Nations Office in Nairobi,UNEP and UN-Habitat,” to enable the two programmes fully deliver on their global roles.

With three weeks remaining to the High-level BLUE ECONOMY CONFERENCE in November 26-28th, the CAS took the opportune moment to gather support from the two countries in mobilizing participation from their governments and business community to ensure a successful Conference.