[1st July 2012]

H.E. THE AMBASSADOR'S OFFICIAL VISIT TO KYUSHU REGION

H.E. Amb. Benson H.O. Ogutu (left) and Mr. Tomihisa Taue, Mayor of Nagasaki City (right) pose for a photo at the Mayor's Officer in Nagasaki on 22nd June, 2012.

H.E. Ambassador Benson H.O. Ogutu was on an official visit to Nagasaki and Fukuoka cities in Kyushu Region from 22nd – 23rd June, 2012. During the visit, the Ambassador paid courtesy calls on Mr. Tomihisa Taue, Mayor of Nagasaki City and Prof. Shigeru Katamine, President of Nagasaki University. They discussed wide ranging issues pertaining to education and bilateral relations between Kenya and Japan. Nagasaki University has a working agreement with major institution of higher learning in Kenya, namely: Kenyatta University; Kenya Medical Research Institute – KEMRI; Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute – KMFRI; and University of Nairobi. The University had also established a research center for tropical medicine in Nairobi, Kenya.

The Ambassador also held meetings with Kenyans in Nagasaki and Fukuoka cities. In both meetings, the role of the Diaspora in the Kenya development process was discussed in details. H.E. the Ambassador emphasized the importance of establishing strong associations of Kenya Nationals living in Japan. He said that Kenyans needed a strong Association to facilitate friendship, mutual support and networking, saying a social organization can also foster the pooling of resources for personal growth. He applauded the Kenya community in Nagasaki for their role in promoting and projecting the good image of Kenya during the annual cultural festivals held in the city.

The Ambassador further discussed various national issues with Kenyans, which included: bilateral relations between Japan and Kenya; role of the Mission; Diaspora diplomacy/ policy; Vision 2030; the new constitution; the upcoming General election; Kenya Day in Japan; Business/ trade; among others.

H.E. Ambassador Benson H.O. Ogutu exchanging gifts with Prof. Shigeru Katamine, President of Nagasaki University at the University on 22nd June, 2012

From left to right: Prof. Tsutomu Takeuchi - Dean/ Institute of Tropical Medicine in Nagasaki University; Prof. Masayuki Susai – Vice President of Nagasaki University; Mr. Paul K. Ndung'u; Prof. Shigeru Katamine - President of Nagasaki University; H.E. Amb. Benson H.O Ogutu; Mr. Mathew Kaikai; and Mr. Joe Mutungi.

H.E. Ambassador Benson H.O. Ogutu (seated in front) during the meeting with Kenyans in Nagasaki on 22nd June, 2012

H.E. Ambassador Benson H.O. Ogutu (4th from left) poses for a group photo with Kenyans in Nagasaki at Nagasaki University on 22nd June, 2012

H.E. Ambassador Benson H.O. Ogutu (3rd from left) poses for a group photo with Kenyans in Fukuoka at Fukuoka City on 23rd June, 2012

 

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