The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a two days retreat with the Departmental Committee on Defence and Foreign Relations of the National Assembly at Naivasha on January 31, 2019, to appraise and review areas of mutual collaboration.
Speaking on behalf of the Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Ababu Namwamba, the Chief Administrative Secretary, applauded the warm and cordial working relations and the unfettered support by the Committee on budget process, ratification of agreements, as well as the amendment to the 2018 Finance bill and for being a strong voice in Parliament for the Ministry.
Hon. Katoo ole Metito, Chairperson of the Committee, commended the Ministry for the cooperation with parliament in many areas including provision of briefs during their engagements, accompanying them to visits abroad and for the incisive reports from the inspection visits. He further applauded the ministry for the successful delivery of the Global Sustainable Blue Economy Conference. He pledged the committee’s continued push for enhanced budgetary allocation.
In his presentation, the Principal Secretary, Amb. Macharia Kamau reported that the Ministry has aligned her activities towards realization of the Big Four Agenda in an effort to ensure optimal service delivery through Diplomatic Missions.
The PS highlighted the key achievements by the Ministry in 2018/19 which included: strengthening of bilateral relations characterised by outbound and inbound high level visits; convening of the first Global Sustainable Blue Economy Conference; negotiated, signed and ratified the African Continental Free Trade Area; participated at the 108th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers; participated at the COMESA Policy Organs in Lusaka; and IORA Council of Ministers in Durban.
In order to deliver and secure Kenya’s national interests, the PS outlined the following tools for efficient and effective service delivery: well trained and motivated human capital; increased budgetary allocation; growing of Kenya’s foot print; acquisition and planned maintenance of assets abroad; strengthen Kenya’s membership, profile and influence in International organization membership to key organs and regional, continental and global institutions.
The retreat provided a clear understanding of Kenya’s global outlook and the role the Ministry plays to give effect to national development priorities.