Tonight, I relish in a great sense of pride and accomplishment as I thank all of you- Kenyans for the hospitality and zeal you have accorded the world during the first ever Sustainable Blue Economy Conference, held in Nairobi 26-28 November 2018.

Indeed, you came out and in your usual Kenyan way, welcomed the world to Kenya.

To my staff at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the MDAs and media who effortlessly, professionally and tirelessly supported this international effort, Kudos for executing this conference professionally and with decor. To my colleagues in Government who also worked tirelessly- I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Each one of you was a star performer.

I also want to thank H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta for his vision and leadership that has enabled Kenya to provide global leadership. You defined the agenda, and we have clarified and mobilized the world around it. Thank you Mr. President.

What is next is the implementation of the concrete commitments made. Kenya has, once again, broken a new path for itself, for Africa, for the world.

Amb. Monica Juma DPhil, CBS
Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs.