New Japan ambassador to Kenya officially begins his duties

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday received credentials from incoming Japanese Ambassador Ryoichi Horie at State House, Nairobi. Ambassador Ryoichi pledged to take the bilateral relations between Kenya and Japan to new levels of success. “I will devote all my energy towards strengthening the existing relationship between Kenya and Japan that is founded on our shared values and goals for the purpose of development,” Ambassador Ryoichi said. The new Japanese ambassador pointed out that as a testimony of the close ties between the two countries, Kenya hosted the Sixth Tokyo International…

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Eight envoys present credentials to Uhuru, commit to promote ties

Eight incoming envoys on Wednesday, June 12, presented their credentials to President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi. They are ambassadors Alex Chua (Philippines), Jesús Agustín Manzanilla Puppo (Venezuela), Fionnuala Quinlan (Ireland), Ali Halabi (Lebanon), Zurab Dvalishvili (Georgia), Dr Alejandro Garofali Acosta (Uruguay) and High Commissioner Angella Comfort of Jamaica. Archbishop Hubertus Van Megen, the incoming representative of His Holiness Pope Francis in Kenya, also presented his credentials. The Lebanese, Uruguayan, Georgian and Jamaican are non-resident envoys accredited to Kenya, a PSCU press release noted. President Kenyatta welcomed the new…

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Walk the talk in the fight against corruption – envoys

  By Ambassadors and representatives in Kenya We commend the President of the Republic of Kenya for his unequivocal message to end corruption. The decision to replace the existing Sh1,000 note is an important step forward. It will place the corrupt who have been hiding cash outside the financial system in real difficulty. Furthermore, we support the Central Bank in its efforts to implement international money laundering regulations. Last week’s National Prayer Breakfast focused on a “New Dawn” for Kenya—one without corruption. This is commendable. However, deeds, not words, count…

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New Twists on New Currency Notes

The Barriers Facing Implementation of New Currency Notes in Kenya June 1st serves as a prominent day in the Kenyan calendar. 56 years ago, the country attained means of self-rule from Britain. The country now had a Prime Minister and plans to reconstruct its governance structures began, in earnest. However, this year’s edition of Madaraka Day celebrations went beyond the usual itinerary. The government, through Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), announced a directive to introduce new currency notes. CBK also announced plans to phase Kshs. 1000 notes. While such a…

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Uhuru calls for public-private-partnerships in tackling urban challenges at UNHabitat meet

President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for use of innovative and creative solutions such as public-private-partnerships to solve Kenyan problems and create sustainable communities that yield benefits for all. President Kenyatta called on all stakeholders to “recognise the importance of the urban agenda, the importance of being able to have sustainable communities for our children and our children’s children and recognise that we can’t do this alone.” Kenyatta spoke on Wednesday at a high-level panel featuring Heads of State and Government South Sudan, Fiji and Yemen, that discussed urbanisation, the involvement…

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