Kenya On Charm Offensive To Secure UN Security Council Seat

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Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Monica Juma (Courtesy)

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma has traveled to Bangkok, Thailand as Kenya intensifies its campaign for the United Nations Security Council. CS Juma is leading the Kenyan delegation for a five day official visit to the Asian Pacific Region.

The CS will also deliver a special message from President Uhuru Kenyatta to his counterparts in the Kingdom of Vietnam and the Republic of Indonesia, the current chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.

“Today’s international dynamics and future trends make the ASEAN region a critical international player. My visit, therefore, offers a unique opportunity to engage with a region that offers Kenya, and Africa, many lessons. It is also a region that we share deep historical ties as well as a world view of global cooperation. More importantly, we also look to the support and solidarity of the ASEAN region as we continue to serve the world in general, and as we seek a seat in the UNSC. We are also in the process of growing our diplomatic footprint in the ASEAN region,” CS Juma said on arrival in Bangkok, Sunday afternoon.

This visit comes at the invitation of Thailand Minister of foreign Affairs Hon Don Pramudwinai. Juma also expected to woo investors as she markets President Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda.

“Drawing on the development trajectory of the South East Asia countries, I will be urging the private sector in these countries to invest in the opportunities presented by the Big Four priority areas in Kenya, and to use Kenya as the bridge to the 1.2 market arising out of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA),” she said.