The Kenya High Commission to the UK H.E Lazarus Amayo on Friday 15th May 2015 attended the Kenya Society Annual Luncheon at the Reubens Hotel in London. Please read full speech below
H.E THE HIGH COMMISSIONER'S SPEECH DURING THE KENYA SOCIETY'S ANNUAL LUNCHEON HELD AT RUBENS HOTEL – BUCKINGHAM PALACE ROAD ON 15TH MAY, 2015.
I am informed that, this is an annual event that you have consistently done since the Society was established. I am, therefore, privileged to share this moment with you even though I have already interacted with quite a number of your distinguished members like the Chair – Partick Orr, John Small etc., at different forums since I took office in November 2014.
About the Kenya society
Please allow me to note with appreciation – the very entrenched relationship that the society and the Mission enjoy since its inception 1989. I must therefore, congratulate my predecessors, for partnering with you to establish such a significant group to assist in deepening Kenya/UK relations.
It is also gratifying to know that Kenya Society has a very diverse membership comprising of friends of Kenya and Kenya diaspora who have continuously shown interest in participating in the socio-economic development agenda of the country. I thank you most sincerely for these worthy efforts.
This is important to us in the Mission for you are the First line Ambassadors here in the UK. Your networks are very significant to the Mission in fostering and complementing the Mission’s efforts of reaching out to different caucus group in a bid to deepen our bilateral ties.
Please allow me to make a few remarks about our relationship with UK. Kenya and UK enjoy long historical relations since our independence 1963. British private capital remained the single largest source of foreign direct investment in Kenya with a portfolio over £2.2 billion. The UK is also the largest export destination of the Kenyan products outside Africa and largest source of tourist to Kenya.)
Kenya’s Economy in short (Progressive story)
In the recent past, Kenya has faced security challenges caused by Terrorists (Al Shabaab) activities in Somali. However, the situation has improved, with Government introducing a number of measures and strategies which includes - setting up of inter-agency coordination units; enhancement of security vigilance; community sensitization and de-radicalization programmes. This is with the aim of ensuring security for both foreigners and locals.
Kenya and the United Kingdom and other partners are working together, to contain terrorism which is a global problem that requires concerted efforts by all countries since none is immuned.
I have been made aware that it is a tradition to have a networking Summer garden party for the society members and this has been observed since inception of the society; and I can assure you I will not break the tradition. This year’s summer party will be held on 23rd July 2015, at the Kenya House (official residence of the High Commissioner), I take this opportunity to welcome you all.
In conclusion ladies and gentlemen, this is not a day of long speeches, but a day to renew and celebrate the achievements of the Association. I will therefore, stop at this juncture and once again thank the Chairman and his team and everybody who made this event a success.
Kenya High Commission, London
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