OFFICIAL VISIT BY UK SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN, COMMONWEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT AFFAIRS AND FIRST SECRETARY OF STATE

JANUARY 20, 2021 (MFA)Official visit by UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and First Secretary of State RT Hon. Dominic Raab, MP.

Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Amb Raychelle Omamo, held bilateral talks with visiting UK Secretary of State Hon Dominic Raab who is on a one-day official visit to Kenya.

They discussed both bilateral and multilateral regional and global issues of concern and interest to both countries.

On bilateral ties between the two countries, they discussed the status of the Kenya-UK Strategic Partnership 2020-25, Investment and Business Environment Reforms, Counter- terrorism, Health, Climate Change, Commonwealth and the Co-hosting of the 2021 Partnership for Education Replenishment Summit.

CS Omamo and Hon Dominic signed the Supplemental Arrangement to the Framework on Kenya- UK Strategic Partnership, a monitoring mechanism for the Partnership which aims at elevating cooperation between the two countries under 5 pillars namely: Mutual Prosperity Pillar; Security and Stability Pillar; Sustainable Development pillar; Climate Change Pillar and People to people pillar.

On Multilateral cooperation, they discussed regional peace and security, the affairs of the Commonwealth and Kenya-UK Cooperation at the United Nations Security Council. Both acknowledged the need to drive initiatives that yield life- enhancing results for the people in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region.

They discussed the co-host of the Global Partnership for Education Replenishment Summit in mid-2021. The event aims to raise over £5 billion to significantly increase access to girls’ education.

Cabinet Secretary Omamo said: “We have a strong partnership with the UK on a number  of  fronts,  and  our  meeting  has  sort  to  reflect  on  these  areas  of cooperation,  ranging  from  economic  partnership  to  security  and  climate interventions.”

“We look to deepening this partnership, especially in health where partnership on issues around fighting Covid-19, including where the vaccine initiative, are in focus.”

Secretary Raab spoke to new funding streams to support clean growth and climate risk insurance in developing countries. Both Secretaries expect Kenya to benefit from it.

During Raab’s visit, he also met President Uhuru Kenyatta and senior government officials, including the Cabinet Secretaries for Health and the Environment. He is accompanied by UK Africa Minister James Doddridge.

BILATERAL MEETING BETWEEN FOREIGN AFFAIRS CABINET SECRETARY AND JAPAN FOREIGN MINISTER

The Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Amb. Raychelle Omamo January 13th 2020 held a bilateral meeting with her counterpart, the visiting Foreign Minister of Japan, H.E Motegi Toshimitsu.

The two ministers lauded the long-standing bilateral relations   and friendship based on common values, a belief in a rules-based multilateral system, democratic principles and good governance.

The Cabinet Secretary re-iterated Kenya’s appreciation of Japan’s steadfast support to the country’s national development agenda under Vision 2030 and more recently, the Big Four Agenda which has greatly contributed to significant gains in national development, particularly in the areas of infrastructure development, renewable energy, Agriculture, Public health, human capital development and many others.

They deliberated on the impact of Covid-19 globally and their joint efforts to combat the disease as well as consolidate economic collaboration during the pandemic and post-Covid-19 period. The Cabinet Secretary thanked the people and Government of Japan for her technical support in the fight against Covid-19, including a donation of 50,000 PCR test kits in addition to a grant of Kshs. 1.02 billion to support the purchase of medical equipment and supplies to the Counties in the fight against the disease.

The Ministers reviewed the two countries’ strategic partnership through development cooperation and agreed to work together to encourage more Japanese investments into Kenya. They also discussed further collaboration in the context of TICAD-8 including the co-hosting of the second Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic Partnership Forum virtually on 4th May 2021 in Nairobi. 

Additionally, the Ministers exchanged views on a wide-range of cross-cutting issues of mutual interest including international cooperation in the context of the United Nations, Japan’s efforts to promote a Free and Open Indo-Pacific(FOIP) region for more international trade and economic cooperation as well as efforts to promote regional peace and security.

The Japan Foreign Minister’s visit to Kenya is part of his global tour that took him to South America and Senegal before visiting Nairobi. Kenya and Japan have had warm and cordial diplomatic relations since 1963.  

 

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

13th JANUARY 2021