CLOSING SESSION OF THE 3RD SESSION OF KENYA – UAE JCC

Foreign Affairs PS Amb. Macharia Kamau together with H.E Khalid Khalifa Al Mualla,Leader of the UAE Delegation, during the closing ceremony of the 3RD Session of the Kenya –UAE JCC in Nairobi,signed MOUs between Emirates Diplomatic Academy and Foreign Service Academy of Kenya. They also signed the Agreed Minutes of the 3RD Session of the Kenya –UAE JCC.
The PS in his remarks appreciated both teams for holding discussions in a friendly and comradely manner that made it possible to produce Agreed Minutes that will form basis for bilateral cooperation between the two countries. The deliberations covered important areas of cooperation, and reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries. Both parties Agreed on strategies to strengthen bilateral ties through exchanges of high level visits, and to cooperate in multilateral fora through the reciprocal support of Candidatures.
Both sides also expressed the desire to enhance trade and investment relations including formation of Joint Business Council between the National Chambers of the two countries.
Other areas agreed on during the Session include finalizing six (6) pending agreements on Security, Economic, financial, and the Kenya-UAE development Cooperation with agreement that Kenya will submit development projects for consideration by the Abu Dhabi Development Fund;
On Labour, Consular and Education issues, Kenya welcomed UAE to visit Training Institutions for assessment of quality of skills produced in order to enhance cooperation in skilled labour.
Both sides agreed to share lists of licensed recruitment agencies to streamline recruitment processes and weed out unscrupulous agencies.
The PS further Affirmed Kenya’s commitment to implement issues agreed upon and enhanced relations in readiness for the 4th session in 2021 in Abu Dhabi.

LUNCHEON IN HONOUR OF OUTGOING HEAD OF EUROPEAN UNION DELEGATION

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today hosted a luncheon for the outgoing European Union Head of delegation to Kenya H.E Ambassador Stefano Dejak. Ambassador Stefano is leaving the country after a successful tour of duty.

In his remarks during the luncheon, Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary. Amb. Macharia Kamau commented Amb. Stefano for the special role he played in building close partnership that exists between Kenya and the European Union. “Kenya and the EU share deep and long history of relations characterized by mutual beneficial cooperation for the past 43 years” said the PS, the partnership cuts across sectors in Infrastructure Development, Energy, Security, Education, HealthCare, Economic and Agriculture.

Ambassador Kamau recalled the challenges experienced in the country during and after the General Elections, and which were well managed with the support of European Union under Amb.Steffanos leadership. He singled out Amb. Stefano’s leadership in which remarkable developments were witnessed, with the opening up of the new EU mission in Nairobi, giving Kenya the honour of hosting the second largest mission in the world after London.

Other significant milestones witnessed during Amb. Stefano’s tenure includes political dialogues held between Cabinet Secretary Amb. Monica Juma and the EU Ambassadors accredited to Kenya, and engagements between President Uhuru Kenyatta and the EU Ambassadors. Other key developments include, Development cooperation agenda which is structured under the Kenya EU Joint Cooperation, and which has been aligned with Kenya’s Vision 2030,and the Presidential big 4 agenda.

The European Union is Kenya’s second largest Export market, with horticulture products and floriculture sector forming 70% of Kenya’s export to the EU.

In regional Peace and Security, the PS noted with appreciation the support by EU towards financing of AMISOM operations in Somalia, and called on other friendly Nations and International community to support AMISOM to enable the realization of its mandate. He commented individual member countries for the continued support in training and financing Counter- terrorism initiatives in the country, and the EU commitment to support Kenya’s sustainable Blue Economy, through the “GO BLUE” joint initiative.

Ambassador Stefano in his remarks thanked the Kenya Government for the support accorded to him and his delegation during his tour, and said issues of security in the region were close to his heart and that he will continue championing for support in strengthening of security operations in Somalia, including AMISOM to achieve its mandate.

KENYA INTENSIFIES WAR ON TRANSNATIONAL CRIME AND PROMOTES GOOD NEIGHBORLINESS

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA 24th July 2019

On arrival in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where CS Amb. Monica Juma is leading the Kenyan delegation to return 35.34Kgs of gold and cash that was seized by Kenya security agencies. Accompanying her is AG Kihara Kariuki , PS Andrew Kamau , PS Hamadi Bog,  Muthoni Kimani -Asset Recovery, Noordin Haji- Director of Public Prosecution and George Kinoti- Director Criminal Investigations.

 

Received by Prof. John Kabudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tanzania.

CS Juma accompanied by Prof. Kabudi and other officials as they witness the offloading of the gold and cash at the Julius Nyerere International Airport.
CS Juma and the Kenya delegation is warmly received by H.E. John Magufuli, President of the Republic of Tanzania at Jakaya Kikwete hall, State House Dar es Salaam.
Noordin Haji, Director of Public Prosecution give his speech.
CS Juma give her speech before handing over the seized consignment to President Magufuli.
CS Juma and Prof. Kabudi inspect seals before the official handover to President Magufuli.
CS Juma meets President Magufuli after the handover ceremony to deliver a special message from H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta.
CS Juma, the Kenya delegation pose for a group photo with President Magufuli.
Prof Kabudi bids CS Juma goodbye after a successful mission in Dar.
Mission accomplished! CS Juma bids hosts goodbye as she departs Dar for Nairobi.

KENYA-BOTSWANA SIGN THREE PACTS WITHIN JPCC

 

NAIROBI, 22 July 2019 (MFA)…Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Monica Juma and her Botswana counterpart Hon. Ambassador Unity Dow, Monday co-chaired the Ministerial Segment of the 5th Session of the Kenya-Botswana Joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation (JPCC) in Nairobi and thereafter signed the agreed minutes of the technical committee held earlier in the week. 

Kenya and Botswana enjoy excellent relations founded on shared interests both at the bilateral and multilateral fora.

The JPCC served as a preparatory meeting for the State Visit to Kenya by His Excellency Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana who visited on the 22-24 July 2019.

“The State Visit immediately after the JPCC is a clear demonstration of commitment by our two Heads of State to further strengthen the existing cooperation between our two countries. It is therefore important that we present them with practical outcomes”. Said CS Juma

H.E President Dr Masisi and President Uhuru Kenyatta witnessed the signing of three pacts which covered trade, air transport and ICT. CS Amb Monica Juma and her counterpart Hon Unity Dow signed the avoidance of double taxation agreement. The others were Bilateral Air Service Agreement (BASA) and the Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation in Information, Communication and Technology.

The two leaders promised to work closely to strengthen cooperation in mineral exploitation, livestock breeding, trade, tourism, agriculture and agribusiness sectors.

Earlier CS Juma applauded both delegations for commitment shown during the JPCC which covered trade, investment, health, political, agriculture, tourism, wildlife conservation, immigration and security commitment.

Hon. Amb. Unity Dow, emphasized the need to deepen and enhance the strong bilateral cooperation between the two countries.  She commended Kenya for her active role in efforts towards finding peace and stability in the Horn of Africa and fighting against terrorism at home and in the continent as a whole.

During the visit, Kenya hosted a Kenya Botswana Business Forum that discussed business opportunities available between the two countries within the framework of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) that is now in force. The Botswana delegation also paid a visit to the Agro Processing Plant in Athi River, Ngorongo Tea factory in Kiambu and Communication Authority in Kenya.

NATIONAL DAY OF THE ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT

The Arab Republic of Egypt National Day Celebrations were held in Nairobi on the 23rd July, 2019 at the Ambassador’s Residence.

The Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (CAS), Hon. Ababu Namwamba was the chief guest during the occasion, which was hosted by the Egyptian Ambassador to Kenya His Excellency Mr. Khaled Elabyad.

Hon. Namwamba, in his congratulation message noted the warm and cordial relations between the two countries, dating back to pre-independence era, and which flourished and under the leadership of Kenya’s founding father the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, and Egypt’s Second President, the Late Gamel Abdel Nasser.

He underscored the historical and strategic cooperation between the two countries, which was further strengthened during the State Visit to Kenya, by H.E. President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in February 2017, and the recent visit by H.E. Mr. Sameh Shoukry, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

The National Day also marks the Anniversary of the 1952 Revolution.

Hon. Namwamba pointed out that, Kenya and Egypt have had diplomatic relations over the past 54 years, and which have continued to expand and strengthen through diplomatic, commercial, technical and scientific cooperation. Egypt offers training opportunities to Kenyan workers in specialized fields of Health, Agriculture, Security, ICT and Diplomacy, through the Egyptian Partnership Agency for Development ( EPAD)

The two countries have also witnessed tremendous growth in bilateral relations in the past 2 years, with an increase in regular engagements in areas of Trade, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, technical and manpower development.

Hon. Namwamba called on Egyptian investors to partner with Kenya in the priority sectors under H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda in the fields of Universal Healthcare, Food Security, Affordable Housing, and Manufacturing.

The Chief Administrative Secretary pointed out that, the Joint Trade Committee and the Joint Business Council that exists between the two countries can be useful vehicles in assisting the private sector to engage in joint ventures and diversify the scope of our economic engagements. He noted that the elevation of the Joint Commission for Cooperation by our two Heads of State to a Joint Ministerial Commission was a show of determination by the leaders to further strengthen the cooperation that already exists between the two countries.

Hon. Namwamba said Kenya was ready and willinging to work with Egypt to deepen our partnership in the pursuit of the common aspirations and commitments under the African Union Agenda 2063 that envisages the socio-economic transformation of Africa through implementation of key programmes aimed at unlocking the potential for Africa’s growth and prosperity.

He called on Egypt to support Kenya’s resolve to contribute to the reform and redesign of the existing international institutions to reflect Kenya’s belief in the rule-based system and progressive values, and to actualize this vision, CAS said Kenya, will present her candidature for the 2021-2022 non-permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council, during elections to be held in June 2020 in New York.

He also commended Egypt for the well organised and successful hosting of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) that took place from 21st June to 19th July 2019 in Egypt.

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.