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.

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.


For more information contact the CS MFA Press office +254 20 2219878 or Edith Fortunate on +254721668540

 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