19 April 2013

Kenya: Uhuru to Brief Envoys On Jubilee's Foreign Policy

PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta will next week meet Kenya's ambassadors and head of missions where he is expected to outline his government's foreign policy.

Last week, the government summoned all its ambassadors to Nairobi within a week for a briefing on what direction the new administration wants to take in international relations.

The ambassadors and high commissioners are expected to have all arrived by Sunday after which the President will the date when to meet them. The President is expected to emphasis his government's commitment to increased engagement with the governments around the region, according to government sources.

Uhuru has since taking over as President emphasised that his government's foreign policy will be centred majorly on improving relations with Kenya's neighbours and the continent.

The President has also emphasised that Kenya will continue engaging with the international community but has emphasised on "mutual respect" in the engagements.

The government is also concerned about the spending in some of the country's embassies and missions and this will also be one of the issues that the meeting will focus on.

Over the last five years, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under Moses Wetangula and Thuita Mwangi has been engaged in recalling staff to cut costs in an effort to save millions of shillings.

Another area the government is targeting reductions in rents and housing expenditure from a budget of as high as Sh1.02 billion per year to at least Sh150 million. Marketing of the country's tourism sector is also one of the key areas that the President is preparing to emphasis on at the meeting.

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