[5th December 2011]

HON. ASSISTANT MINISTER’S OFFICIAL VISIT TO JAPAN

Hon. Peter Kenneth, Assistant Minister for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 (fifth from left) with Kenya Nationals in Fukuoka at Nishitetsu Grand Hotel on 18th November, 2011.

Hon. Peter Kenneth, Assistant Minister for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030 was in Japan for a week-long (14th – 21st November, 2011) official visit at the invitation of the Government of Japan. During the visit, the Hon. Assistant Minister met with high ranking Government’s officials including the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs; the Deputy Minister for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; Vice President of Japan International Cooperation Agency; and retired Senator Tetsuro Yano. The Assistant Minister also visited Toyota Tsusho headquarters and Toyota factory in Nagoya, the port of Yokohama, the Hatchobaru Geothermal Power Plant in Kyushu and Ishinomaki City in Sendai, which was devastated by the Tsunami in March 11, 2011. The meetings and excursions afforded opportunities to review our cordial and mutually beneficial relations and explored ways to enhance them in all areas of human endeavours.

The Hon. Assistant Minister also held meetings with Kenya residents in Kyoto, Fukuoka and Tokyo cities. In all the meetings, which were also attended by H.E. the Ambassador and the Embassy’s staff, the role of the Diaspora in the Kenya development process was explored. The Hon. Assistant Minister challenged the Diaspora to use their valuable experiences for the development of Kenya, saying that the Diaspora was one of the key drivers of the economy. He underscored unemployment and food security as major illnesses facing Kenya and highlighted infrastructure, water, health care, education, security and energy as key fundamentals for development of Kenya.

The Assistant Minister further discussed various national issues with Kenyans, which included: Vision 2030; taxes by Members of Parliament; High cost of living in Kenya; upcoming election and registration of voters; national security; Diaspora representation/ ministry; corruption; traffic in Nairobi; among others.

Hon. Peter Kenneth and H.E. Amb. Benson H.O. Ogutu (center) pose for a group photo with Kenya Nationals in Tokyo, Japan on 19th November, 2011.

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