H.E Amb Monica Juma lead the Embassy in hosting the 25 Ambassadors Accredited to Kenya on non residence basis to a working breakfast at the Hilton Addis Ababa on 7th October 2011. The main objective of the session was to introduce the ambassadors to the embassy team in general and the specific officers designated as their focal points in their relation and cooperation with Kenya. It was offered an opportunity to deliberate on issues of mutual concern including efforts to strengthen the bilateral relations with each delegation present.
The meeting identified four critical issues for follow-up, namley presentation of credentials, establishment or re-establishment of missions in Nairobi, establishment of specific frameworks of cooperation such as MOUs and JCC among others, and consular matter in particular provision of multiple entry visas for the diplomatic officers.
The Ambassadors thanked H.E the ambassador for the briefing on the state of play in Kenya and urged the formalisation of the community of “the friends of Kenya” ambassadors in Addis Ababa. On her part H.E the ambassadors committed herself to undertake briefing sessions with the group on Kenya, every quarter.
Amb Juma also took the opportunity of this breakfast session to lobby support for the candidature of Mr Erastus Mwencha for re-election to the position of the Deputy Chair of the African Union Commission in January 2012.
The countries represented at the breakfast included Benin,Burkina faso,Cameroon,Cape verde,Chad,Central African Republic, Cheq Republic,Congo Brazaville,Cote d’ivoire Equitorial Guinea,Gabon, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Lesotho, Mali, Madagascar,Mauritania,Maurituis,Sao Tome and Principe,Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone and Swaziland.