New envoys assure President Kenyatta of support to Big 4 agenda, trade and war against terrorism

NAIROBI, 18 September 2018 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta today at State House, Nairobi, received credentials from nine incoming envoys who pledged to support Kenya in the big 4 agenda, trade and in the war against terrorism.

The envoys were the new France’s Ambassador to Kenya Amb. Aline Kuster-Menager, Ambassador Dmitry Maksimychev of the Russian Federation, Ambassador Christian Fellner of Austria, Ambassador Annett Günther of Germany and Ambassador Elin Bergithe Rognlie of the Kingdom of Norway.

Others were the new Italian Ambassador to Kenya Amb. Alberto Pieri and Ambassador Eric Lunderberg of Finland. Ambassador Yapi Koffi Evariste of Cote D’Ivore and Ambassador Jacques-Alfred Ndoumbe-Eboule of Cameroon who will serve Kenya with residence in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, also presented their credentials.

Presenting her credentials, French Ambassador Kuster-Menager said France is ready to share its experience with Kenya in the management of the blue economy which is one of the key focus areas of the Big 4 agenda.

“On the blue economy, which is one of the targets in achieving the Big Four, France which has the second largest coastline worldwide, is ready to share its experience, including better monitoring the security issues,” Ambassador Kuster-Menager said.

On trade, Ambassador Kuster-Menager said French companies have taken particular interest in investing in Kenya with more than 100 of them already operating in Kenya and have employed 10,000 Kenyans.

“France is cited as the third foreign investor in Kenya, a position that is further reinforced thanks to two programmes recently launched by our national export agency, Business France, in collaboration with the Kenya Export Promotion Council and KenInvest,” she said.

On his part, Russian Ambassador Maksimychev said his country valued Kenya’s role in securing regional peace and stability, its firm commitment to countering the evils of international terrorism, piracy, and trans-boundary crime.

“Russia is contributing to these efforts by providing training to Kenyan police officers,” Ambassador Maksimychev said.

Ambassador Fellner of Austria applauded Kenya’s trade ties with the European Union, saying as a member currently holding the Presidency of the EU, Austria was proud that the European Union is the most important trading partner of Kenya.

Speaking when she presented her credentials, the incoming German envoy to Kenya, Ambassador Günther said Germany regarded Kenya as an important partner in many fields of cooperation and appreciated Kenya’s efforts in the fight against terrorism.

She commended President Kenyatta’s Big 4 Agenda, saying: “Your Big 4 initiative for manufacturing, universal health care, affordable housing, and food security will bring a better life to the Kenyan people and Germany stands ready to support Kenya on its way into a better future.”

President Kenyatta assured the diplomats of his Government’s commitment to working closely with them to boost cooperation between Kenya and their respective countries.

He said Kenya was keen on promoting the exchange of ideas and nurturing mutually beneficial partnerships with friendly countries that would support the Big 4 agenda and improve the lives of Kenyans.

“I welcome you to Kenya and look forward to working closely with you in improving relations between our countries for the benefit of the people of our nations,” President Kenyatta said.

Norwegian Ambassador Bergithe Rognlie, on her part, said Norway supports a strong UN presence in Nairobi and would like to work closely with Kenya towards that end while declaring her country’s backing to Kenya’s candidature to the UN Security Council for the 2021-2022 period.

The nine envoys separately expressed hope that they will succeed in their endeavor to promote further the relations that exist between their respective countries and Kenya at the credential presentation ceremony that was attended by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma among other senior Government officials.