Kenyan diplomats will hold a conference next week to discuss multilateral affairs and how they impact on the East African nation’s quest to achieve socioeconomic progress, officials said on Tuesday.
Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs Karanja Kibicho said in a statement on Tuesday that President Uhuru Kenyatta will open the March 22-29 diplomats’ summit in Kwale County, the country’s coastal region.
“The conference brings together diplomats serving in 54 Kenyan missions abroad to reflect on development agenda in the context of the country’s multilateral engagement in a rapidly evolving and competitive global environment,” said Kibicho.
During the summit, Kenyatta will articulate Kenya’s refashioned foreign policy that roots for vibrant engagement with foreign allies to promote trade, security and peace.
The conference theme “Building bridges for effective diplomacy engagement” resonates with Kenya’s new look foreign policy that emphasizes pragmatic engagement with allies to achieve shared prosperity.
“Being the first conference under the Jubilee government, it provides a platform to discuss strategies of deepening Kenya’s economic ties with our neighbors, the African continent and the rest of the world,” Kibicho said.
He added the summit will discuss challenges that have impacted on Kenya’s diplomatic engagement such as poverty, insecurity and unemployment.
The president will offer strategic guidance to diplomats attending the summit to enhance their capacity to market Kenya as an ideal investment destination. Kibicho said Kenyan envoys will share best practices that would position Kenya as a diplomatic and trade hub.
“The summit will come up with concrete policy recommendations on how to make diplomatic missions effective agents of change in the global arena. It will also enhance team work and a shared vision on the government’s current strategic orientation and focus, ” said the PS. Enditem