[19th December 2014]

AMBASSADOR'S MESSAGE ON THE OCCASION OF
PRESENTING CREDENTIALS TO HIS MAJESTY THE EMPEROR

Ambassador-Designate H.E. Mr. Solomon K. Maina

Ambassador, Extraordinary Plenipotentiary
H.E. Mr. Solomon K. Maina

It is with great pleasure that I inform all Kenyans in Japan and the friends of Kenya that I have today, the 19th December, 2014 presented my letters of Credence as Ambassador Extra Ordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kenya to Japan to His Majesty the Emperor. As I commence my tour of duty as our country's envoy to the great Nation of Japan, I take this early opportunity to convey my warm greetings and best wishes for the New Year to the Government and friendly people of Japan, to all Kenyan Nationals resident in Japan and to all visitors to the Kenya Embassy Website.

As I embark on my duties as the Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Kenya to Japan, am deeply humbled by the great honor and trust bestowed upon me by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Kenya. As I serve my nation in this great country of honorable people, I will endeavor to discharge my duties to strengthen further the already cordial relations that exist between Kenya and Japan.

Indeed, it's heartening to note that over the last 51 years the bilateral relations between Kenya and Japan have continued to grow in leaps and bounds, transcending the confines of Official Development Assistance (ODA) to more robust and strategic partnerships based on mutual respect, common trust and shared values.

Japan is now a leading development partner in all areas of our cooperation stretching from economic affairs and infrastructure development to private sector growth. Japan has also been a notable contributor to Kenya's agricultural development, human resource development, health sector development and environmental conservation. Kenya appreciates the Japanese model of development cooperation which emphasizes partnership and local ownership.

The upward trend of bilateral engagement characterizes the entire spectrum of our relationship with Japan. This is clearly manifested through accelerated engagements between the business communities in both countries and the exchange of high level visits by high ranking Government officials as well as by top business Executives in the recent past. Our two countries' commitment to strengthen strategic partnerships is equally visible through strengthened support of Kenya's development blueprint –Vision 2030 in key areas such as hydro and geothermal energy development; the Oil pipeline project, the expansion and modernization of Mombasa port and its surrounding areas; Agricultural development; human resource development and Health sector reforms.

Over the past twenty years, Kenya's development cooperation with Japan has been anchored through the TICAD framework. Under TICAD V, we have put special emphasis and focus on Regional infrastructure development; Energy resources development particularly geothermal; the Expansion of the manufacturing sector; Establishment of vocational training with exit; Promotion of Research, Science and Technology & innovation; Development of mining & mineral exploration, and support for joint venture efforts in the Small & Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs). In this connection, am pleased to invite the Japanese private Sector to seize on the numerous investment opportunities existing within both the TICAD and Vision 2030 frameworks and to engage with Kenya for mutually profitable partnerships.

Finally, I take this opportunity to re-assure our friends that you can count on our support; cooperation, and friendship as you pursue all your planned investments and business engagements with counterparts in Kenya. Our office will remain open and accessible for all our partners at all levels as we collaborate in deepening further the mutually beneficial relations that happily exist between our two friendly countries.

Thank You! Ahsanteni Sana

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