Dr. Korir Sing’oei, Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs, held a virtual meeting with all Kenyan Heads of Mission in Africa on February 2, 2023.
During the meeting, the PS commended the Ambassadors for their leadership in the Missions and their able representation of Kenya as a key State that plays a significant role in the continent on matters of multilateralism, Climate Change, peace and security.
Moreover, Africa being critical and at the core of Kenya’s foreign policy agenda, he noted that it is essential to deliberate on Kenya’s priorities and the deliverables that support the country’s Development Agenda.
The PS informed of the steps by the Ministry in ensuring seamless transition as well as smooth running of affairs. He further reaffirmed his commitment to work closely with the Heads of Missions and stated that the meetings would take place on a regular basis. The meeting with Heads of Mission in Africa is the first in a series of meetings he will hold with Heads of Missions from all the Regions.
Some of the issues discussed in the meeting included Intra-Africa cooperation, Regional peace and Security, Trade and Economic Diplomacy, Bilateral Frameworks of Cooperation, among others.
The PS encouraged the leveraging of technology between the Ministry and the Missions to reduce the communication gap and urged the Ambassadors to continue forging and deepening Kenya’s relations with their respective host countries; to increase trade, business and employment opportunities for Kenyans which are key in promoting Kenya’s economic diplomacy.
The Missions represented in the meeting included Algiers, Luanda, Bujumbura, Kinshasa, Cairo, Addis Ababa, Tripoli, Dakar, Accra, Maputo, Windhoek, Abuja, Kigali, Pretoria, Dar-es-Salaam, Kampala and Lusaka, among others.
The PS closed the meeting by assuring of his readiness to work closely with the Heads of Missions to ensure that the gap between the Ministry and the Missions is bridged.