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Benson H.O. Ogutu Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya

Benson H.O. Ogutu
Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya

Having presented my credentials to His Majesty the Emperor on 15th July 2010, I take this early opportunity to convey my warm regards and best wishes to the Government and friendly people of Japan, Kenyans in Japan and visitors to our website.

It is indeed a great honour bestowed on me to represent the people of Kenya here in Japan. I pledge to do my utmost in enhancing further the already cordial relations existing between our two countries. I assume my responsibilities with nostalgia, having worked in Japan more than twenty years ago during my first stint in overseas assignment.

Japan is Kenya’s leading development partner. Kenya prides itself as a role model of Japanese Development Cooperation. The Upward trend that characterizes our relations with Japan is manifested by high level visits that have taken place in the recent past, notably: the visit of H.E. President Kibaki to Japan during TICAD IV in 2008, the visit of the Right Honourable Prime Minister Raila Odinga to Japan in February 2010 and the Crown Prince of Japan’s visit to Kenya in March 2010. These high level exchanges have greatly added impetus to Japan/Kenya relations.

Currently, our bilateral cooperation is focusing on five key areas namely: rural and agricultural development, environment, health, human resources development and economic infrastructure. Japanese assistance in these areas which are fundamental in achieving the MDGs are also aligned to Kenya’s development blueprint, “ VISION 2030”.

We wish to invite and indeed encourage the business fraternity from both sides to exploit the abundant opportunities available in wide-ranging fields including trade and investment, joint ventures, tourism, culture, sports etc.

It is my wish that this website will assist our dear readers and visitors to easily access information on Kenya. You are however welcome to contact the Embassy for any further information.

Domo Arigatou Gozaimasu , Ahsanteni Sana

Benson H.O. Ogutu
Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya