Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo indicated that missions have been opened Mozambique, Jakarta and Arusha during this period.
Omamo, speaking at the unveiling of the State Department’s 2020/2021 report, stated that Kenya intends to open more missions in other parts of the world.
“We want a footprint that not only helps Kenya grow its presence around the world, but also one that allows us to advance our economic interests, benefit from knowledge sharing, knowledge transfer, capacity building and so on,” she said .
The CS for Foreign Affairs noted that Kenya’s diplomatic footprint needs to be reviewed regularly so that it can see the benefits of having diplomatic missions around the world.
She added that the country plans to open a new mission in Hungary and to operationalize the mission in Maputo and Indonesia by sending ambassadors to those countries.
Omamo said the new missions will strengthen Kenya’s connections and influence in Southeast Asia and other parts of the world.
“We believe that opening missions in these three areas will be beneficial for Kenya,” she said.
She added that despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the government has managed to stand the test of time by stepping out on the plate when the country and region needed it most.
Among the milestones made by the country during this period is winning seats on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which allowed the country to increase its international influence.
She added that the achievements are a culmination of previous efforts by her predecessors and the current team.
“I’m so glad that this transformation that we’re witnessing over the last 10 years, when Kenya was seen as a country that was only entitled to significant contacts with a country that now sits on the United Nations Security Council,” she added .
Omamo said that for the first time ever, Kenya hosted a Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) Summit, demonstrating cooperation between the two countries
She added that COVID-19 is a wake-up call for African countries to come together to strengthen their ability to engage on the world stage as a whole.
“We’ve been able to do that quite well through the African Union when we’ve been advocating for access to vaccines and access to medicines to treat Africans during the COVDI-19 pandemic,” she said
Other achievements include the publication of the Foreign Service Law, which the foreign CS said will professionalize the State Department.
She added that the bill will play a key role in achieving merit-based recruitment, promotion, transfer and affiliation within the ministry.
Present at the event were, among other partners, Minister of Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau, Cabinet Secretary (CAS) Ababu Namwamba.