I take this opportunity to welcome you to the website of Kenya Embassy Addis Ababa.
It is with great delight that I interact and engage with you through the Embassy Website, one of the avenues we will use to deepen the understanding of our work, shared information and interacted with all interested parties at the local, regional and international levels.
I take note that the Embassy of the Republic of Kenya in Addis Ababa is a unique mission in both its history and scope of work. Our mission is to optimize existing, and create new, opportunities for the realization of the strategic Objectives of Kenya’s foreign policy in Ethiopia, Djibouti, within IGAD, the African Union, UNECA, and other International Organizations operating out of Addis Ababa
As a bilateral station, the Addis Ababa Embassy is accredited to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and the Republic of Djibouti. Kenya is pursuing a long term developmental strategy, the Vision 2030, which aims at transforming the country into a newly industrialized and or a middle-income country by the year 2030. To achieve this, the Embassy has always been able to consistently provide relevant information to prospective partners, investors and business people seeking to invest in Kenya.
As a multilateral station, the mission is accredited to multilateral institutions operating at the regional, continental and global levels. Regionally, the mission is accredited to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) whose mandate is to assist and complement the efforts of the Member States to achieve, through increased cooperation food Security and environmental protection; peace and security and economic cooperation and integration. At the continental level, the mission is accredited to the African Union, whose vision is an “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena.”
This year as we continue to celebrate our fifty years since we attained independence, we intend to rebrand the website to make your interaction with us more effective and dynamic. Over the years, the mission working within the African Union framework has increasingly influenced continental and global policies. Bilaterally the mission has immensely contributed to the nurturing, deepening and sustaining the cordial relations with Ethiopia and Djibouti.
I wish to highlight some of the key events since I assumed office as the Ambassador. In March 10-12th 2014, the Mission facilitated the first state visit to Ethiopia by H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, the President and Commander in Chief of the Defense Forces of the Republic of Kenya. I subsequently presented my letters of credence to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and African Union on the 8th and 9th April 2014 respectively.
In April I participated in a two day joint retreat of the Permanent Representative Committee and the Commission in Hawassa in the Southern Nations and Nationalities and Peoples in the Southern part of Ethiopia whose main objective was working together towards continental integration and service delivery. I was honored to be part of the group of African Ambassadors who participated in the African Union led election monitoring and observation in South Africa.
In May I participated in the Committee of 10 on United Nations Reform Summit held from the 15-16 May in Congo Brazzaville.
In 2014 the website will focus on celebrating 50 years of independence highlighting key milestones in the political, social and economic arenas. While we shall endeavor to make the website dynamic and current to serve you better in terms of providing information and being user-friendly, we will appreciate valuable suggestions and comments on ways to improve our website to meet your expectations .
As we strive to expand and strengthen diplomatic relations, the Embassy is committed to offer services based on transparency, accountability and integrity, while seeking an opportunity to measure our performance through our Service Charter. I wish to urge you to explore our website and provide feedback on our services to enable us further improve on our service delivery.
We thank you all for being part of this process and your continued support and look forward to your engagement with us.