In compliance with Constitution which requires all ratified treaties form part of the Laws of Kenya, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has on Friday launched the Registrar of Treaties Database and Web Link that can be accessed through the Ministry’s Website.
Speaking during the Launch, CS Mohamed said that the Ministry has established an office of the Registrar of Treaties, to act as a depository of all treaties that Kenya has signed, ratified and acceded to.
“The registrar is also required to maintain online soft copies of the treaties,” said CS Mohammed, adding that “this will greatly enhance public access to information as well as facilitate public accessibility and awareness of the treaties.”
CS Mohammed said at the regional level, the web link will promote regional cooperation and integration by sharing information on Kenya’s International obligations.
“The website is active and unrestricted and can be accessed using internet enabled devices,” said CS.
She said the Ministry will endeavour to provide any information that Kenyans would require. The Web link will be regularly updated to ensure that information provided is current, accurate and reliable.
The creation of the Web Link has been a joint effort with other Ministries and Agencies. This will reduce duplication, save resources and allow better planning of the functions of the office.
Kenya has over the years since independence signed, ratified and acceded to various international treaties and conventions.
Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has called on the European Union not to relent on its support of the two-pronged Somalia peace process and that of South Sudan.
Speaking during a meeting with the High Representative/Vice-President H.E. Federica Mogherini in Brussels, Belgium this week, CS Mohamed underscored the central role of EU had as the largest supporter of the Somalia peace process through among others avenues financial support to the African Union Mission to Somalia.
At the same time EU is engaged in the crisis in South Sudan through the support it provides to UNMISS and the IGAD negotiation process.
The High Representative assured CS Mohamed that EU will remain a staunch supporter of the peace efforts in the region including AMISOM, the African Union peace keeping force in Somalia, in full recognition that a stable and peaceful Somalia is crucial for the security of the region and in view of a sustainable solution to the refugee situation. She underscored the role Kenya is also playing in the region in terms of peace and security.
The two leaders also discussed the forthcoming general elections. CS Mohamed welcomed the deployment of the EU Election Observation Mission saying this will contribute to transparent, credible and peaceful elections. The EU, Mogherini said looks forward to a reinforced partnership with Kenya after the conduct of the upcoming elections in August.
Mogherini recognised Kenya’s significant role in hosting refugees from Somalia and South Sudan and ensured that the EU will continue to support Kenya in this respect.
On wider regional cooperation, with particular regard to the crisis within the Gulf Cooperation Council, Mogherini and CS Mohamed called on parties involved to engage in a dialogue to avoid any further escalation of tensions.
The duo also discussed economic integration within East Africa and the status of EU-East African Community Economic Partnership Agreement and trade cooperation with the EU.
Kenya has prepared well and is ready for the General election scheduled for August 8, 2017, the Government has assured Diplomatic Corps in Nairobi.
Speaking during a well attended ‘Diplomatic Corps Briefing’, the Government team led by Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Amb. Monica Juma, took the envoys through various the various phases and individual institutions preparedness.
Amb. Juma was flanked by Interior Principal Secretary Eng Karanja Kibicho, Solicitor-General Njee Muturi, IEBC Commissioner Prof Boya Molu and Registrar of Magistrate Court Caroline Kabucho.
The Envoys were informed of the IEBC’s systematic work to ensure and maintain the integrity of the register by eliminating problems with voter registration such as missing names. IEBC has already done voter register for inspection and verification as provided for by section 6A of the Elections Act, 2017. The exercise took 30 days and the Commission is currently working on amending the register to factor any discrepancies noted during the verification exercise.
Following is the full Statement presented by Amb. Juma:
Diplomatic briefing Speech by Amb. Monica Juma on June 14, 2017