HIS EXCELLENCY HON. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H., PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF KENYA DEFENCE FORCES SWORN INTO OFFICE

His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, C.G.H., President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-In-Chief of Kenya Defence Forces was sworn into office for a Second and final five year term on 28th November 2017 at the Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani in Nairobi.  

During the same occassion, His Excellency Hon. William Samoei Ruto was sworn into office as the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya. His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, C.G.H. was reelected following the repeat Presidential Elections held on 26th October 2017, having garnered 7,483,895 votes translating into 98.2% of the total valid votes cast.

KENYA HOLDS A PEACEFUL, TRANSPARENT AND DEMOCRATIC GENERAL ELECTION

H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta (R) receiving a winning certificate from IEBC Chairman Mr. Wafula Chebukati. Below: President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto

August 2017: On Tuesday 8th August 2017, Kenyans went to the polls to elect the leaders of their choice to govern them for next 5 - year term. There were six elections in one: Presidential, Gubernatorial, Senatorial, National Assembly (MP), County Woman Representative and Member of County Assembly (MCA).

His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta decisively won the Presidential contest for a second term after attaining 8,214,779 (54.27%) votes out of 15,164,650 valid votes.  His closest challenger, the former Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga got 6,814,850 (44.94%) votes.

The elections were held in a free, fair, transparent and peaceful environment.

Following the successful conclusion of this election, the Constitution mandates that the President -elect  shall in public be sworn in before the Chief Justice or, in the absence, the Deputy Chief Justice.

 

A DELEGATION OF SENIOR OFFICIALS FROM THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS VISITS THE EMBASSY

Berlin, June 2017: A  delegation comprising of senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headed by Mr. Henry Obino, Ag. Secretary Foreign Service Administration visited the Embassy from 17 - 21 June 2017.

 

A KENYAN STAND SELLING FOOD AT THE KENAKO AFRICAN FESTIVAL, ALEXANDERPLATZ, BERLIN

Berlin, June 2017: A Kenyan Lindah Ohisi, proprietor of Merab Catering Services joined other African entrepreneurs to set up their stands at this year's KENAKO African Festival usually held at Alexanderplatz market square.

KENAKO festival which is  held annually and  currently in its 6th edition, ended last Sunday, 18 June after running for two weeks.

The event is a major platform for showcasing Africa's rich  and diverse culture and revelers are treated to African music, theater and culinary delights. Handmade art, clothing and cosmetics are also sold at the festival.

KENYA SET TO HOST THE PILOT AFRICA ACADEMY FOR TAX AND FINANCIAL CRIME INVESTIGATIONS

Berlin, June 2017: Kenya, OECD, Germany and Italy signed a Declaration of Intent to launch a Pilot Africa Academy Programme for Tax and Financial Crime Investigation during the just concluded G20 Africa Partnership Conference held on 12-13 June 2017 in Berlin.

The Academy's overall objective will be to strengthen the capacity of tax and financial crime investigators in tackling illicit financial flows on the continent.

Commissioner Gathi Mburu from Kenya Revenue Authority and H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt were among the senior Kenya government representatives present.

DR. STEFAN MAIR OF BDI HOLDS A MEETING WITH AMB. JOSEPH MAGUTT

Berlin, June, 2017: Dr. Stefan Mair, CEO of Federation of German Industries (BDI) held a meeting with H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt on 15 June 2017 to brief the latter on the on-going projects between BDI and East African Business Council.

BDI which is an umbrella association for German industries focus majorly on manufacturing sector and currently it is spearheading a business model of identifying and merging Kenyan SMEs with German counterparts as strategy for developing capacity  and financing of the former.

Dr. Stefan also informed that the 2017 BDI - East African Business & Entrepreneurship Conference will be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania between 16 - 19 October.

The CEO was accompanied by his staff: Ms. Lara Petersen and Ms. Katharina Loy.

PHOTOS OF ERIC WAINAINA'S ELECTRIFYING CONCERT AT THE GERMAN FOREIGN OFFICE

Berlin, June 2017: Eric Wainaina and his Best Band in Africa staged an electrifying performance at the German Foreign Office grounds on 12 June, 2017. The summer event organized by the Foreign Office dubbed, ' Welcome Africa - Koln Meets Kenia' where the renown Kenyan artist was invited by the Federal  Minister Sigmar Gabriel.

Mr. Wainaina was joined on stage by another great German Musician Wolfgang Niedecken - a founder of rock group BAP and did a cover of 'Redemption Song'  by Bob Marley.

Former German Ambassador to Kenya Walter Lindner also performed alongside Wainaina in singing the latter's signature song, ' Mkenya Daima.'

KENYA'S AMBASSADOR IN GENEVA DR. STEPHEN NDUNG'U KARAU PAYS A COURTESY CALL TO THE EMBASSY

H.E. Amb. Dr. Stephen Ndung'u Karau (Left) with H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt when the former paid him a courtesy call in his office on 12.06.2017.

Berlin, June 2017: Kenya's Permanent Representative to Kenya Permanent Mission to United Nations Office in Geneva Dr. Stephen Ndung'u Karau paid a courtesy call to Amb. Joseph Magutt on Monday, 12 June 2017.

Amb. Karau was in Berlin for two days to participate at the Friends of Europe G20 Sideline event and where he gave a keynote address on the 'Private Sector Contributions to Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health in Africa'.

KENYA'S HENRY WANYOIKE PARTICIPATES AT "RUN OF SPIRIT" EVENT, BERLIN

Berlin, June 2017: Henry Wanyoike, Kenya's Paralympic Champion participated at the annual "Run of Spirit" event held on 5 June 2017 in Berlin.

This annual event is organized by Evangelischen Johanesstift and aims to promote equitable social participation of all people.

 

From top:

1. Mr. Henry Wanyoike(2nd L) with Mr. Christian Gaebler - Permanent Secretary of Interior and Sport , Ms. Hellen Kagwanja from the Embassy and Mr. Paul  Kihumba- Wanyoike's running guide;

2. Mr. Wanyoike flagging off the Wheelchair segment of the "Run of Spirit".

3. Mr. Wanyoike takes part at the 10KM race

 

THE EMBASSY AND KENYANS IN GERMANY MEET IN FRANKFURT

Berlin, June 2017: Kenyan Diaspora in Germany held a successful forum on 3 June 2017.  The forum was organized by the Embassy as part of its Diaspora outreach programme and this year's theme was "Forging Partnership with Kenya Diaspora".

The key note address was by H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt who briefed the Diaspora on developments in Kenya and encouraged them to seize investment opportunities in the country.

Areas of interest to Diaspora such as integration, entrepreneurship, student affairs and consular issues were presented at the forum by different speakers.

The event which was punctuated by different musical groups and fashion shows saw many Kenyans who turned up to interact and learn from the above topics and during the question and answer session.

KENYA MAKES MILESTONE AS IT LAUNCHES SGR TRAIN SERVICES

May 2017: H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta today (i.e. 31 May 2017) flagged off the inaugural SGR passenger train from Mombasa Terminus to Nairobi. This is a key milestone in the country's railway history because not only being a game changer in the transportation sector, it also replace  the meter gauge railway that was built more than a century ago during colonialism. 

The Passenger service launch came a day after a similar launch of SGR cargo service that is expected to radically reduce the freight charges between the two cities.

Operationalization of these two services will boost commerce, tourism and accelerate industrialization pace in the country.

KENYAN CHURCH STAGED ELECTRIFYING PERFORMANCE AT AN EVENT MARKING 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHURCH REFORMATION IN BERLIN

Members of Mamlaka Hill Chapel at the Embassy on 29 May 2017. The group was received by Minister Counsellor Simon Muiruri

Berlin, May 2017:  A Kenyan Choir from Mamlaka Hill Chapel was in Germany and staged electrifying performance at a concert event to mark 500th Anniversary of Church Reformation. The four - day event  was from 24-28 May and held in Berlin.

Dr. ABDALLAH POSSI, TANZANIA AMBASSADOR TO GERMANY PAYS A COURTESY CALL ON AMB. MAGUTT

Tanzanian Ambassador H.E. Dr. Abdallah Possi (L) and Amb. Joseph Magutt when the former paid a courtesy call

Berlin, May 2017: The newly posted Tanzanian Ambassador, Dr. Abdallah Possi paid a courtesy call on Amb. Joseph Magutt on 19 May 2017.

Amb. Possi was formerly a Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office (Policy, Parliament, Labour, Youth Employment & Disabled).

KENYA'S MARY KEITANY SETS NEW WORLD RECORD AT THE 2017 LONDON MARATHON, AS OTHER KENYAN ATHLETES SWEEP TITLES AT THE BOSTON AND THE PARIS RACES

Berlin, April 2017: Kenya's Mary Keitany sets a new world record of 2:17:01 to win the 2017 London women marathon. Her victory smashed the 14- year record of 2:17:42 that was held by Paula Radcliffe since 2003. Kenyan runners dominated the top ten slots where Helah Kiprop, Vivian Cheruiyot and Florence Kiplagat clinched fourth, seventh and nineth positions respectively.

In male category, another Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru won the race in 2:05:49. His teammates Bedan karoki took Silver and two times world marathon champion Abel Kirui was fourth. The world record in men marathon stand at 2:02:57 and was set in Berlin by another Kenyan Dennis Kimetto in 2014.

Kenyan athletes also swept titles at the Boston Marathon race which was held on 17 April 2017 where Geoffrey Kirui and Edna Kiplagat won both the male and women races.

At Paris Marathon  held on 9 April 2017, it was a family affair when Kenya's Paul Lonyangata won the men race and his wife Purity Rionoripo took victory in women race.

The Embassy and Kenya Diaspora in Germany extends congratulations to all Kenyan athletes for making the country proud through their exemplary performances.

KENYANS DOMINATE THE 2017 BERLIN HALF MARATHON, AS THE MEN SWEEP THE PODIUM

Berlin, April 2017: Gilbert Masai led his teammates to a clean sweep of the podium as he won the Men's 2017 Berlin Half Marathon held yesterday Sunday 2 April 2017 under 59:57. Vincent Kipchumba and Reuben Limaa took silver and bronze with 60:43 and 61:43 respectively.

In women category, Kenya's Joan Melly won the race with 68:45 followed closely by her teammate Edith Chelimo with 68:57.

The race which is in its 37th edition, attracted 7 Kenyan elite athletes and 4 pacers.

The Embassy and Kenya Diaspora community in Germany convey warm congratulations and appreciations to the team for their sterling performance and for putting Kenya on world map again as home of world champions.

From Top:

1. Gilbert Masai on his way to victory

2. Gilbert Masai crossing the finish line as the winner of this year's edition

3 and 4. Vincent Kipchumba and Reuben Limaa heading toward finish line respectively

4. Joan Melly crossing the finish line as the winner under female category

GERMAN MP, HON. FRANK HEINRICH AND DELEGATION FROM CHEMNITZ VISIT THE EMBASSY

Top: Hon. Frank Heinrich, MP and H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt and bottom: Delegation members and Amb. Magutt in a joint photo.

Berlin, March 2017: Hon. Frank Heinrich - Member of German Bundestag led a trade delegation from his constituency of Chemnitz to visit the Embassy on 27 March 2017.

The delegation held fruitful discussions with Amb. Joseph Magutt on ongoing and potential areas of cooperation between Kenya and Germany. 

It was noted that co-operation is already ongoing in the education sector -vocational training, youth empowerment and capacity development in the mining sector.

The delegation was informed that potential areas of cooperation exist in energy sector, ICT as well as in infrastructure development.

The two parties agreed that the aforementioned  potential areas for co-operation will be exploited for the benefit of the two countries.

IN PICTURES: MAGICAL KENYA AT 2017 ITB BERLIN

AMB. JOSEPH MAGUTT PARTICIPATES AT THE BERLIN ENERGY TRANSITION DIALOGUE 2017

Amb. Joseph Magutt and Pilot Prof. Betrand Piccard of Solar Impulse Foundation on the sidelines of Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue on 20 March 2017

Berlin, March 2017: This year's Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue was successfully held between 20 - 21 March 2017 at the Federal Foreign Office. Amb. Joseph Magutt represented the Embassy at the event.

Among the Conference's keynote speakers included, but not limited to German Federal Ministers Brigitte Zypries and Sigmar Gabriel, and Prof. Betrand Piccard - Pilot and Chairman of Solar Impulse Foundation and Initiator of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions.

Prof. Piccard is famous for flying the first manned solar powered plane in 2016 for 42,438 KMs in 558 hours, 7 minutes to circumnavigate the globe.

 

TOURISM CABINET SECRETARY, HON. NAJIB BALALA VISITS THE EMBASSY FOR A COURTESY CALL

Berlin, March 2017: Tourism Cabinet Secretary Hon. Najib Balala paid a courtesy call to the Embassy on 9 March 2017. The Hon. Cabinet Secretary was accompanied with three Members of National Assembly's  House Committee on Tourism.

The Kenya delegation was in Berlin to participate in the annual ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus - Borse Berlin) being held at ICC Messe. 

From Top:

1. Tourism CS, Hon. Najib Balala (L)and H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt;

2. Hon. Balala, Members of House Committee on Tourism and section of embassy staff at the boardroom.

COURTESY CALL TO THE AMBASSADOR BY THE FOUNDER AND CEO OF FACE OF KENYA PROJECT MS JANET WAINAINA

February, Berlin: The Founder and CEO of Face of Kenya Project Ms Janet Wainaina paid a courtesy call to the Ambassador on 17 February 2017. She was accompanied with  Country MD Mr. Tony Kareru and the 2016 Face of Kenya Germany winner  Ms Diana Warindah.

Face of Kenya Project was founded in 2012 to advance cultural diplomacy through social -economic activities that aim to empower the Kenyan youths in the Diaspora, foster cohesion and branding of Kenyan products abroad.

It was started in the UK and currently it has footprints across several European countries. 

KENYA STAND WON A TROPHY DURING THE 2017 FRUIT LOGISTICA EXHIBITION HELD AT MESSE BERLIN

Berlin, February 2017:Kenya Stand won the "Health Wonder Award 2017" for their display of healthy, nutrition-rich products at the just concluded Fruit Logistica Trade Fair. 

More Kenyan fresh produce companies took part  in this year's Fair which ran from 8 - 10 February compared to 2016 event. A total of 27 Companies showcased their products under the  umbrella of Horticultural Crop Directorate (HCD). While other Kenyan companies participated under different trading consortium.

Fruit Logistica Fair is key platform to all key players in the horticultural sector across the globe to meet, discuss and learn the market trends in the industry. Europe as a key export market for Kenya's fresh produce, the Fair gives opportunity to the exhibitors to scout for more market.

From the Top:

1. Kenyan exhibitors celebrate after winning the Award

2. Representatives from HCD and Export Promotion Council pays courtesy call to the Embassy;

3. Kenya Stand at the Fruit Logistica;

 

KENYA AND GERMANY SIGNED TWO DECLARATIONS DURING THE 2ND GABS HELD IN NAIROBI 8 - 10 FEBRUARY 2017

February 2017: Nairobi successfully  hosted the 2nd German-African Business Summit (GABS)  from 8 - 10 February 2017. The first Summit was held in Berlin in 2015. 

GABS provide a perfect platform  to interface among the decision-makers from the political, executive arm of the government and the business community both from Germany and Africa.

Over 460 participants  attended the Summit. Germany was represented by high level delegation comprising of Federal Ministers , Parliamentary  Members and State Secretaries and business executives.

The Summit was officially opened on 9 February by CS for Foreign Affairs Amb. Amina Mohamed who represented H.E. the President.

The following two declarations between Kenya and Germany were signed on the Summit sidelines:

1. A Joint Declaration of Intent on the Establishment of the Eastern Africa -     German University of Applied Sciences; 

2. A Declaration of Intent aimed at Supporting Vocational and Technical Training;

3. In addition, an MOU was also signed between KEPSA and Afrika Verein that will foster bilateral trade and investment between the two countries.

GABS was organized by the Sub Saharan Africa Initiative for German Business (SAFRI), the Network of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Sub Saharan Africa (AHK), KEPSA and the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives.

From the Top:

1. German Federal Minister Dr. Gerd Muller, Foreign Affairs CS Amb. Amina Mohamed, Federal Minister Brigitte Zypries and Treasury CS Henry Rotich and participants during opening session;

2.  Signing Mou: KEPSA's CEO Carole Kariuki and Afrika Verein's CEO Dr. Christoph Kannengiesser. Standing: KEPSA's Chair Amb. Dennis Awori and President of Afrika Verein Dr. Stafan Liebing.

3. Federal Minister Brigitte Zypries and CS Amb. Amina Mohamed at City Market, Nairobi.

FEDERAL PRESIDENT HOSTS DIPLOMATS FOR A NEW YEAR'S RECEPTION AT SCHLOSS BELLEVUE

January 2017: The Federal President Joachim Gauck and his Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier hosted diplomatic corps for a New Year's reception at Schloss Bellevue on 12 January 2017.

The Embassy was represented by Charge' d' Affaires Betty Cherwon.

From Top:

1. Charge' d' Affaires Betty Cherwon with H.E. Federal President Joachim Gauck

2. Charge'  d' Affaires Cherwon with H.E Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Frank- Walter Steinmeier

KENYAN ARTISAN EXHIBITS HER WORKS AT THE EUROPA CENTRE CHRISTMAS MARKET

December 2016: A Kenyan designer and resident of Berlin, Ms. Wambui S. Mwangi is exhibiting her products at the Europa Centre Christmas Market.  Wood carvings, calabash candleholders, handmade leather handbags and gloves are among wares being showcased and sold.

Christmas market is traditionally associated with German culture to celebrate Christmas during the four weeks of advent and generally held in the town squares adjacent to pedestrian areas and other significant centres like churches. 

During the period, open-air stalls are erected where food, drinks especially mulled wine and seasonal items are sold. Sometimes there are traditional Christmas carols and dancing.

Photos:

1. Ms. Hellen Kangwanja from the Embassy and Ms. Wambui S. Mwangi founder of Wambui Design at her stall;

2 & 3. Wambui Design products

CS DR. FRED MATIANG'I HOLD TALKS WITH GERMANY FOREIGN MINISTER ON PLANNED GERMAN-EAST AFRICA UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES IN BERLIN

December 2016: Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang'i was in Germany and he held talks with Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Frank- Walter Steinmeier on the proposed established of German-East Africa University of Applied Sciences yesterday, 15 December 2016.


The Cabinet Secretary was accompanied by the Principal Secretary for Vocational Training Dr. Dinah Mwinzi, CEO of Commission for University Education Prof. David Some, Advisor to CS Dr. Jane Munga, CEO Kenya Private Sector Association (KEPSA) Caroline Kariuki, CEO of Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) Eng. John Tanui, Ag. Director Europe & Commonwealth Ms. Beatrice Karago and other members drawn from private sector and media.

 

Photos:

1. CS Dr. Fred Matiang'i and Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier;

2. CS Dr. Fred Matiang'i signing a Guest Book at the Chancery; and

3. CS's delegation group Photo at the Chancery.

IN PICTURES: The Embassy Marks 53rd Jamhuri Day in Berlin

National Assembly's Public Accounts Committee Working Visit in Germany, December 2016

December 2016: The Kenya National Assembly Public Accounts Committee led by its Vice Chairman Hon. Jackson Rop is in Germany for a working visit. The delegation of 4 Committee members, Clerk and two technical advisors from the National Treasury and Office of the Auditor General arrived on Monday, 12 December 2016.

Apart from paying a courtesy call to the Embassy, the delegation held  fruitful discussions with the   Bundestag's   counterpart Committee headed by its Chair Hon. Bettina Hagedorn.

The delegation also will hold another meeting with the President of the Federal Audit Court in Bonn.

Pictured above: The Charge' d' Affaires Mr. Simon Muiruri met the delegation; discussions between the two Committees and group photo of the members.

Embassy's First Secretary Silvester Koech Completes His Tour of Duty: Pictoral

Kenya Particpates at DER Touristik Expo held at Arena Berlin 10 - 13 November 2016

Berlin: Four Kenyan  travel agencies took part at DER Touristik Expo that was held in Berlin between 10 - 13 November 2016. The Expo  brings together the top selling agencies that are selected from all destinations globally. 

Southern Cross Safaris, Leopard Beach Resort & Spa, Boabab Beach Resort & Spa and Swahili Beach Resort represented the country. In addition, two KTB representatives, the Embassy and MDR were part of the Kenya team.

This year's edition was attended by over 1,500 top sales personnel in the hospitality industry.

 Photos:

1. Representatives from Kenya's hospitality industry at the Expo;

2. Mr. Guido Berger of MDR, KTB's Ms. Frida Mutuma and Ms. Josephine Mbela and Mr. S. Mbandi of Baobab Beach Resort & Spa (R)

VISIT TO GERMANY BY THE SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN RELATIONS

November 2016: The 6-member Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Foreign Relations led by Sen. Fatuma Dullo Adan visited Germany between 6 - 11 November 2016 where they held successful bilateral engagements with various German institutions such as the Bundestag, the Bundesrat, the Federal Ministry of Interior and the Landtag of Brandenburg. 


Other senators in the delegation were: Sen. Kembi Gitura, Sen. Moses Wetang'ula, Sen. Hargura Abubakar and Sen. James Orengo. Two parliamentary staff accompanied the delegation.

Photos: from the top:-

1. Senate delegation with Amb. Joseph Magutt at the Chancery;

2. The delegation with the Bundestrat officials;

3. The delegation with Federal Ministry of Interior officials; and

4. The delegation with the state legislatures of the Landtag of Brandenburg.

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON PRIVILEGES VISIT TO GERMANY

October 2016

The National Assembly Committee on Privileges visited Germany from 17th to 22nd October, 2016. The Committee, led by their Vice-Chairman, Hon. Dr. James Murgor, held meetings with relevant Members of the German Bundestag and the State Assembly of Sachsen-Anhalt.

Other Members of the Committee included Hon. Peter Shehe, Hon. Bedzimba Rashid Juma, Hon. Dr. Susan Musyoka, Hon. Florence Mutua, and Hon. Kimani Ichung'wah. The Legal Counsel, Mr. Ronald Walala , and the Third Clerk Assistant, Mr. Moses Lemuna, also accompanied the Delegation.

The Committee visited the Kenya Embassy Berlin for a courtesy call on Ambassador Joseph Magutt on 21st October, 2016.

Photos:

1. The Privileges Committee Members at the Kenya Embassy Berlin with H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt.

2. The Members at the German Parliament (Bundestag).

3. The Members at the State Assembly of Sachsen-Anhalt in Magdeburg.

 

 

 

MINING CABINET SECRETARY LEADS DELEGATION TO GERMANY

October 2016

The Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Mining, Hon. Dan Kazungu, led a Kenyan delegation to the Federal Republic of Germany from 17th to 23rd October 2016. Members of the delegation included Prof. Hamadi Idd Boga, the Vice-Chancellor of Taita Taveta University, Mr. Charles Obiero, the Senior Assistant Director in the Ministry of Education, Science & Technology, Mr. Raymond Mutiso, the acting Director of Mining in the Ministry of Mining and Mr. Stephen Mwakesi, the Advisor to the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Mining.

The Delegation held discussions with key German stakeholders in the Mining Sector. The visit was a learning experience in preparation for the launch of the Centre for Mining, Environmental Engineering and Resource Management at Taita Taveta University. The Centre has received support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and will work in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences in Dresden and Technical University Bergakademie of Freiburg.

The Cabinet Secretary for Mining and his delegation also paid a courtesy call on H.E. the Ambassador Joseph Magutt at the Embassy Chancery.

Photos:

1. The Cabinet Secretary with H.E. Ambassador Joseph Magutt at the Embassy Chancery after a Courtesy Call.

2. The Cabinet Secretary meeting with Hon. Frank Heinrich, MP, at Bundestag.

3. The Cabinet Secretary meeting with Mr. Henry Von Klencke of the Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V. Mitliedsverband (BDI).

 

 

 

 

 

FACE OF KENYA GERMANY

October 2016

The First Counsellor at the Embassy, Ms. Betty Cherwon, represented the Ambassador at the Face of Kenya Germany leadership and Charity Pageant that was held in Frankfurt on 8th October, 2016.

The Pageant brings together the Diaspora through a purposeful venture that aims at promoting charitable projects while promoting Kenyan culture and giving the Kenyan youth in the Diaspora a platform to learn about, serve and promote Kenya. Miss Diana Warindah, a football coach in Berlin, was crowned the Face of Kenya Germany 2016.

 

 

COURTESY CALL BY BURKINA FASO AMBASSADOR

PICTORIAL: H.E. Simplice Honorè Guibila (left), Ambassador of Burkina Faso, together with Kenya's Ambassador, H.E. Joseph Magutt, during a courtesy call at the Kenyan Embassy in Berlin on 4th October, 2016.

 

KENYA DOMINATES THE TOP 10 SLOTS IN 43RD BERLIN MARATHON HELD ON SUNDAY

September2016

The 43rd BMW Berlin Marathon  went down yesterday, Sunday 25/09/2016 where the Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele won the Men's 42 KMs race at his personal best record of 2:03:57, narrowly missing Denis Kimetto's 2014 record of 2:02:57. Kenya's Wilson Kipsang and Evans Chebet came in second and third position respectively. Overall,  Team Kenya male category that comprised of 8 marathoners dominated the top 10 slots .


In the ladies race, the only Kenyan athlete Janet Ronoh came in 7th position. The  Ethiopian team took a podium sweep.

Kenya Embassy and Kenyan Diaspora in Germany congratulates Team Kenya for exemplary performance in the 43rd BMW Berlin Marathon edition.


Photo 1: Amb. Joseph Magutt with Silver Medalist Wilson Kipsang;

Photo 2: Team Kenya funs; and

Photo 3: Amb. Magutt chatting with Kenya funs

NEGOTIATIONS ON KENYAN-GERMAN DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION

September 2016

The Negotiations on Bilateral Development Cooperation between Kenya and Germany took place in Berlin on 14th and 15th September 2016 in an open and constructive atmosphere and culminated in the signing of the agreement on the last day of the negotiations. The German Government has undertaken to provide €260.35 million for projects and programmes in Kenya for the next two-year period (2017 through 2018) in the following areas: Agriculture & Rural Developmet; Health; Water & Sanitation;Promotion of Youth Employment and Vocational Training; Energy; and Good Governance.

Kenya's delegation was headed by Dr. Kamau Thugge, Principal Secretary in the National Treasury while Germany's delegation was headed by Dr. Ralf-Matthias Mohs, Director of the East African Division, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Kenya's Ambassador to Germany, H.E. Joseph Magutt, witnessed the signing of the agreement. In addition, Principal Secretaries Dr. Dinah J. . Mwinzi (State Department for Vocational and Technical Training), Mr. Patrick Nduati Mwangi (Water and Irrigation), Mr. Julius Korir (Industry, Trade & Cooperatives), and other senior Government officials also witnessed the signing of the agreement.

Photo 1: Both delegations in the final phases of the negotiations

Photo 2: Signing of the agreement 

Photo 3: Group photo of the Kenyan and German Delegations

 

 

COTECA EXPO 2016

September 2016

The Coffee, Tea, Cocoa (COTECA) Global Industry Expo is an annual trade fair that brings together the buyers and sellers of Coffee, Tea and Cocoa from all over the world. This year's Fair was the fourth COTECA and was held from 7th to 9th September, 2016, at the Congress Center, Hamburg.

The Kenya Cooperative Coffee Exporters (KCCE) Limited participated at the Fair and were represented by Ms. Lucy Murumba, the Chief Executive Officer of the organization and Ms. Phyllis Nganga, the Commercial Manager. Ms. Muthoni Schneidewind of Chania Coffee, based in Germany, also participated.

A Delegation of representatives from nine Kenyan Companies from the tea sector and five officials from Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Authority (AFFA) also attended the Fair. The team was led by the Interim Director General of AFFA, Mr. Alfred Busolo Tabu and included representatives from organizations such as the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA), Tea Directorate in the Ministry of Agriculture, Kichabo Tea Factory, Afribridge Trade Exporters Limited, Chai Trading Company, Evergreen Tea Factory, East African Tea Trade Association, One Touch Limited, Sovereign Kenya Limited, Sireet Outgrower Empowerment & Producer Company and Nyayo Tea Zones Development Corporation. The team had sponsored by the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI) of Netherlands, which is a governmental organization, part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs in Netherlands.

Photo: The Commercial Attaché, Ms. Jane Kole (2nd from right), with other Kenyan participants at the COTECA EXPO 2016.

 

COURTESY CALL BY RETIRED PROFESSOR AND FORMER KU STUDENTS

August 2016

On 30th August, 2016, the Chargé d' Affaires, Mr. Simon Muiruri, held a brief meeting with retired Prof. Johannes Michael Nebe and a group of former Kenyatta University students, who had attended the annual International Summer School at Trier University. The students were in Berlin from 29th August to 4th September with the Professor in order to familiarize themselves with the recent history of Germany since 1989. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Silvester Koech, First Secretary. 

Photo: The Chargè d' Affaires (3rd from right), Prof. Nebe (4th from right) and former KU students after the Meeting at the Embassy Boardroom.

 

BMZ OPEN DAY 2016

AUGUST 2016

The Kenya Embassy Berlin participated in the annual BMZ Open Day on Sunday, 28th August, 2016, at Stresemannstrasse, Berlin. As in the previous years, the Mission showcased Kenya's culture, trade, tourism and investment opportunities. The Embassy also disseminated information on the Kenya-Germany Development Cooperation. Kenya has enjoyed a close development cooperation with Germany since her independence in 1963. 

The Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Mr. Thomas Silberhorn, officiated the event and later visited Kenya's stand. The State Secretary was received at the Stand by the Charge d' Affaires, Mr. Simon Muiruri. Other members of Staff at the Kenya Embassy Berlin were also present.

 

 

Delegation from Rural Electrification Authority Visits Germany in July 2016

Berlin: A four member delegation from the Rural Electrification Authority (REA) visited Germany between 25 - 29 July 2016 to benchmark and learn best practices and technologies in the development of renewable energy sources.

REA is a Parastatal founded in 2008 with mandate of electrifying rural areas through the use of renewable energy.

While in Germany, the delegation held various meetings including Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Feldheim Energy Sufficient Village in Treuenbrietzen, GE Wind Energy GmbH and Business Forum with German investors in the energy sector.

FORMER FEDERAL MINISTER DR. DIRK NIEBEL PAYS A COURTESY CALL ON THE AMBASSADOR

June 2016

Dr. Dirk Niebel, the former German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) paid a courtesy call on the Ambassador at his office. Dr. Niebel is currently working for Rheinmetal - a German Defence Company- as its head of International Strategy Development and Governmental Relations. Apart from introducing his Company, bilateral issues of mutual interests between Kenya and Germany, as well as concerns, were discussed during the meeting.

 

 

PICTORIAL: COURTESY CALL BY THE GOVERNOR OF KILIFI COUNTY

Photo: H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt (right) posing with Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi (centre) and a member of the Governor's delegation during a courtesy call at the Kenya Embassy Berlin on 9th June, 2016.

 

VISIT BY THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY'S DEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE ON DEFENCE AND FOREIGN RELATIONS

June 2016

The National Assembly's Departmental Committee on Defence and Foreign Relations members were in Berlin as part of their routine fact-finding visit to Missions.  The members of the delegation visited from 29th May to 2nd June, 2016 and were received at the Airport by H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt. The delegation, headed by Hon. Col. (Rtd) Ali Dido Rasso (MP - Saku), comprised of six Members of Parliament and two Clerks of the Committee. Ambassador Eliphas Barine, Director for Liaison (Parliamentary & County Affairs) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, accompanied the delegation.

 

GERMAN LANGUAGE TRAINING AT THE MISSION

Pictorial: Mrs. Sandra Endres, German language instructor (center) posing with members of staff who are German language course participants at the Kenya Embassy Berlin in May 2016.

 

Diplomatic officials and Kenyans pay tributes to the late former First Lady, H.E. Mama Lucy Kibaki

36th Berlin Half Marathon

The 36th Berlin Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, 3rd April, 2016, and Kenyan athletes are expected to participate in the race. The starting and finishing point will be located at Karl-Marx-Allee, near Otto-Braun-Strasse (between Grunerstr. and Schillingstr). The Diaspora Community is encouraged to come out to cheer the Kenyan participants.

The various categories will start as follows:

Inline Skaters - 0930 hours

Wheelchair Competitors - 0955 hours

Runners - 1005 hours

 

 

National Defence College Delegation Visits Germany for International Study Tour Programme

April, 2015: a thirteen member delegation from the National Defence College (NDC) led by Major General Andrew K. Ikenye - Deputy Commandant of the College visited Germany from 10th - 16th April, 2016 as part of their International Study Tour Programme for the current class 18-2015/2016. The delegation comprised of 10 course participants; 7 from Kenya, 1 from Burundi, Tanzania and Botswana.

While in Germany, they held constructive deliberations with senior officials from the following federal ministries: Foreign Office, Defence, Interior, Economic Cooperation and Development. They also held discussions with East African Parliamentary Group headed by Hon. Anita Schafer. Other Federal institutions visited by the delegation include: Academy for Security Policy (i.e. NDC's counterpart) and Federal Armed Forces Command Staff College in Hamburg where Kenya had benefited from its training courses under the Germany Military Training Assistance programme.

The delegation also visited German Railways, Bayer Pharma Corporations to familiarize with security management and health policies in the transport  and health and agricultural sectors respectively.  


The NDC is a training facility for Kenya's senior military and civil service personnel and also trains other senior public officials from friendly countries. The current class has one German participant from the German Air force. The courses offered are specially designed to prepare the participants to effectively take higher responsibilities in their careers.

PRESIDENT KENYATTA IN GERMANY FOR OFFICIAL VISIT

April, 2016

H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived in Berlin, Germany, on Wednesday 6th April, 2016, for a three-day official visit. The Plane carrying the President and the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta landed at Tegel Airport shortly before 2pm. The President was received by Kenya's Ambassador to Germany, H.E. Joseph Magutt, as well as senior German Government officials.

Later on, the President met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery and was accorded full military honours by the German Defence Forces. During the press briefing, President Kenyatta thanked his host for the warm welcome and emphasized the need for further cooperation between Kenya and Germany in areas such as trade, investment, security and education. On her part, the Chancellor stated that Kenya was a strategic partner and anchor of stability in the region. She also emphasized the need for stronger ties between the two countries.

While in Berlin, the President will explore ways of deepening the existing bilateral relations in key areas of trade, investment, tourism and education.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ITB BERLIN 2016

March 2016

The Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Hon. Najib Balala, led a delegation of 42 exhibitors from Kenya's hospitality industry and County Governments in showcasing Kenya's tourism products at this year's ITB exhibition in Berlin. Germany is among the major source market for tourists visiting Kenya. 

Hon. Balala was accompanied by the Principal Secretary for Tourism, Mrs. Fatuma Hirsi Mohamed, and other Senior Ministry Officials. Counties participating in this year's ITB include Nairobi, Uasin Gishu, Kwale and Mombasa.

The Uasin Gishu Governor, Mr. Jackson Mandago, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Ambassador Magutt at the Kenya Embassy, on the sidelines of the Tourism Fair. The Governor was accompanied by his Executive Secretary for Trade and Tourism, Mr. Phillip Melly.

The County Governor is in Berlin to promote the North Rift Tourism circuit which is currently under-exploited. Some of the tourism potential in the County include reserve parks, sports tourism and investment in Hotels.

COURTESY CALL BY KENYA'S HONORARY CONSUL IN HAMBURG

Photo: H.E. Ambassador Joseph Magutt and Dr. P.J. Breitengross, Kenya's Honorary Consul in Hamburg (centre), pose in a photo together with the members of Staff of the Kenya Embassy Berlin after a meeting at the Boardroom on 15th February, 2016. 

 

Kenyan Exporters Participate in Fruit Logistica 2016

February 2016

Several fresh produce exporters from Kenya participated in the Fruit Logistica Exhibition in Berlin, Germany. The annual event took place from 3rd to 5th February, 2016. The Kenyan exporters showcased a wide range of fruit and vegetable products such as mangoes, avocadoes, passion fruits, snow peas, chillies, baby corn and fine beans. Some of the Kenyan companies that had participated in the event included Harir International, KEITT, Vert, Marja, Saipei, Tyrobel and Kenya Fresh.

More than 2,700 exhibitors and 65,000 visitors attend Fruit Logistica every year to realize their full business potential within the international fresh produce trade. Fruit Logistica covers every sector of the fresh produce business and provides a superb networking and contact opportunities for small and medium sized companies seeking to penetrate new markets.

 

Kenya Announces Massive Tourism Incentives for World Travellers

January 2016

Speaking at the opening of Kenya's first luxury yatching Marina (English Point Marina) in Mombasa on 12th January, 2016, H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta unveiled an unprecedented  tourism incentive package to attract world travelers back to Kenya:

  • Visa fees for children under 16 will be scrapped indefinitely from 1st February 2016
  • VAT charges on National Park fees will be removed and KWS Park fees will be capped at 60 USD (down from 90 USD) for the 2016/17 financial year.
  • The Ksh. 1.2 bn Charter Incentive Scheme continues until 30 June 2018. This waives landing fees at Mombasa and Malindi airports for all Charter Aircraft and provides a 30 USD rebate for all disembarking tourists.

The President also announced a number of Coast infrastructure improvements that will ease travel to and around the Kenyan Coast, saying, "We continue to invest heavily in our infrastructure in the knowledge that quality roads and services are critical to the socio-economic transformation that we all desire"

  • Expansion of JKIA and Malindi airports to handle greater numbers of visitors.
  • Construction of the Port-Reitz Mombasa Road and the Dongo-Kundu Bypass that will allow tourists to travel to the South Coast (Diani) without using the ferry.
  • Kenya Ferry Service to buy and operate two new ferries for the Likoni Channel crossing.

The President further thanked the Governments of the United States, United Kingdom and France for lifting their advisories on the Coast saying, " International governments recognise that security here has vastly improved and there is much to be gained by partnering with Kenya and the East Africa region. We must not allow that momentum to be lost".

Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Hon. Najib Balala, also attending the opening said, "We are engaged in a high-level tourism recovery effort in consultation with stakeholders from the government and private sector. This is the right way to shape the strategies we need to transform and sustain our tourism industry. The Government is fully behind our ambition to restore Kenya's tourism crown and we ask all tourism stakeholders to respond to our initiatives with the seriousness they deserve. It is time to maximise the heritage and natural gifts we possess and give the world's travellers the experience they deserve."

 

 

 

2015-2016 WORLD RUGBY SEVENS SERIES IN FRANCE

The 2015-2016 World Rugby Sevens Series, known as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, will be held at the Jean Bouin Stadium in Paris, France, from 13th to 15th May, 2016. The Kenya Rugby Sevens Team are expected to take part in the tournament and we therefore encourage the Kenyan Diaspora to attend the tournament to cheer the team. Details of the tournament including ticketing can be accessed at the following website: www.ffr.fr

 

PICTORIAL: H.E. AMB. MAGUTT AT THE ASSEMBLY OF STATES PARTIES MEETING AT THE HAGUE

November 2015: H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt (left) with Lawyer Karim Khan QC (centre) and the Nandi County Senator, Hon. Stephen Sang (right), during the Assembly of States Parties Meeting held at the Hague from 18-26 November 2015.

RETREAT ON STRATEGIC PLANNING AND PERFORMANCE CONTRACTING

November 2015: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs conducted a one week retreat in Kenya for the Mission officers involved in Strategic Planning and Performance Contracting processes. The Kenya Embassy Berlin was represented by the First Counsellor, Ms. Betty Cherwon, and the First Secretary, Mr. Martin Wasike. During the retreat, officers will be trained on the new Performance Management System (PMS) aimed at enhancing efficiency in performance reporting at the Missions.

 

COURTESY CALL BY DW AKADEMIE OFFICIALS

The Head of Chancery, Mr. Simon Muiruri (second from left), with officials from DW Akademie at the Embassy Chancery.

October 2015: The Head of Chancery, Mr. Simon Muiruri (second from left), met with officials from Deutsche Welle (DW) Academy to discuss the partnership of the Academy with the Kenyan Government and Media institutions in Kenya. The DW Academy is Germany's leading organization for international media development and trains upcoming DW journalists.

 

GERMAN ATHLETICS FEDERATION PRESIDENT PAYS A COURTESY CALL ON THE AMBASSADOR

Dr. Clemens Prokop (left) and Mr. Frank Hensel (right) with Ambassador Joseph Magutt (centre)

October 2015: The President of the German Athletics Federation, Dr. Clemens Prokop, and the Director General, Mr. Frank Hensel, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Ambassador Joseph Magutt on 26th October, 2015. The First Secretary, Mr. Sylvester Koech, also attended the meeting.

The German Athletics Association (DLV) is the governing body for the sport of Athletics in Germany and is headquartered in Darmstadt, State of Hesse. Its equivalent in Kenya is the Athletics Kenya (AK).

The discussions centered on the various areas of possible collaboration between Kenya and Germany on athletics. These areas include an exchange programme for athletes, mutually beneficial research on athletics, cooperation in anti-doping and coaching opportunities for Kenyans.     

 

COURTESY CALL BY HEALTH PRINCIPAL SECRETARY

Dr. Kassachoon (5th from right) and H.E. Amb. Magutt (4th from right) together with the Staff of the Kenya Embassy Berlin on 13th October, 2015.

October 2015: The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Khadija Kassachoon, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt, on 13th October, 2015.The PS was in Berlin to attend the 2nd German-Africa Healthcare Symposium organized by Afrika-Verein.

On the sidelines of the Conference, Dr. Kassachoon held a bilateral meeting with senior officials from the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), whereby the Kenya-Germany partnership in the health sector was the topic of discussion. The PS also held consultative meetings with Siemens Healthcare and eHealth, whereby she encouraged the German companies to invest in the country's health sector and to participate proactively in the international tenders that the Ministry floats occasionally.

 

 

Kenya Shines at the 2015 Berlin Marathon

Berlin: Kenya National Anthem played twice at the 2015 Berlin Marathon 42nd Edition held yesterday, 28th September, 2015 when Eliud Kipchoge and Gladys Cherono clinched top honours in both men and women races respectively.

Kipchoge ran his personal best record of 2:04:01 while Cherono won the race in 2:19:25 an improvement from 2014's record of 2:20:23 by Tsegaye Tirfi of Ethiopia.

Another Kenyan, Eliud Kiptanui came in second in the Men's race and Emmanuel Mutai and Geofrey Mutai finished in position four (4) and five (5) respectively.

Team Kenya to the Marathon composed of 18 members; 6 competing athletes and 12 as pacers.

The Kenya Embassy in Berlin and Kenyan Diaspora in Germany congratulates the Team for that stellar performance.

COURTESY CALL BY GERMANY'S AMBASSADOR-DESIGNATE TO KENYA

September 2015: The Ambassador designate of Germany to Kenya, Amb. Jutta Frasch, paid a courtesy call on Ambassador Joseph Magutt on 14th September, 2015. The two held a fruitful meeting as they deliberated on a wide array of issues between Kenya and Germany. They both lauded the bilateral relations that the two countries have long held and assured each other of consolidating the special ties, especially by concluding the pending bilateral agreements and expanding the scope of cooperation.

 

VISIT BY THE KENYA NATIONAL FARMERS FEDERATION

September 2015: Dairy farmers led by the Chair of the Kenya National Farmers Federation, Hon. Leonard Nduati and Hon. Peter Kamande Mwangi, visited the Embassy on 11th September, 2015. The farmers, who had been touring Germany for a week to learn from the country's successful dairy sector, were sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The farmers informed that during their tour, they visited various farms, dairy processing plants, agricultural trade fairs and held meetings with key relevant state officials and Members of the Bundestag. They termed the trip as successful as they were able to share several experiences and established partnerships that would benefit Kenya's dairy farmers in the area of capacity development, high quality semen and upgrade of other dairy technologies.

On his part, the Ambassador noted that many Kenyan youths are increasingly embracing Agriculture as an alternative employment source. He appealed to farmers to adopt intensive agriculture and modern techniques in order to increase the yields.

Lauding the German Government for extending this opportunity to Kenyan farmers, the Ambassador called for more of such collaborations and exchange of visits to appraise with new agricultural practices. He implored the farmers to create website portals to facilitate exchange of ideas online on agribusiness as a strategy to harness from the synergies created from the visit. In conclusion, the Ambassador assured of the Mission's commitment to harness opportunities for the benefit of all Kenyans.

 

The Diaspora in Munich Celebrate Kenya's Culture

September 2015: Kenyans in Munich held a Cultural Day on Saturday 5th September, 2015. The event, which is in its second year, saw Kenyans sharing, networking, entertaining and showcasing our rich diversity in culture, cuisine and music. Speakers at the event included H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt, Mr. Robert Roth from Austria, and Mr. Joachim Niehaus from Freiburg.

In his speech, Ambassador Joseph Magutt thanked the organizers for providing a social platform for Kenyans to interact thereby promoting unity and cohesiveness among the Kenyan Diaspora. He stated that the Diaspora was an important constituency that the Government was keen to tap on for National Development and Prosperity. He noted that the current Constitution mandated the Government to facilitate the Diaspora in exercising their voting rights as well as Dual citizenship. He urged Kenyans to be goodwill ambassadors in the host country and to exploit investment opportunities. Other speakers at the event encouraged Kenyans to engage in meaningful activities that will add value to their lives.

 

 

THE GIZ INFORMATION WORKSHOP ON RENEWABLE ENERGIES IN THE COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL SECTOR IN KENYA

September 2015: The German Development Organization GIZ hosted a workshop on 2nd September, 2015, to sensitize German investors on the market opportunities in the energy sector in Kenya as well as the policies and the strategies of the Kenyan Government with regard to the sector.

H.E. Ambassador Joseph Magutt gave the opening remarks at the workshop whereby he gave an overview of the country's policies and strategies for the energy sector. The Ambassador was accompanied by the Commercial Attachè, Mrs. Jane Kole, and the Second Secretary, Mrs. Redempta Ndambuki.

 

H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt giving opening remarks at the GIZ workshop on renewable energy on 2nd September, 2015.

BMZ OPEN DAY 2015

September 2015: The annual BMZ Open Day was held on Sunday, 30th August, 2015, in Berlin. The event, organized by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), was graced by the Parliamentary State Secretaries to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Mr. Hans-Joachim Fuchtel and Mr. Thomas Silberhorn.

The Kenya Embassy Berlin participated in the event, showcasing various tourist destinations, trade opportunities, as well as its rich cultural heritage. 

 

Photo Above: H.E. Ambassador Joseph Magutt with Mr. Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development at the Kenya Stand. Standing next to them is the new Commercial Attache at the Kenya Embassy Berlin, Mrs. Jane Kole. Photo Below: H.E. Joseph Magutt presenting a book on Kenya to Mr. Thomas Silberhorn, the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development at the Kenya Stand. On the far right is Mr. Simon Muiruri, the Minister Counsellor, and the Commercial Attache, Mrs. Jane Kole.

NEWLY APPOINTED KONRAD ADENAUER FOUNDATION KENYA REPRESENTATIVE PAYS A COURTESY CALL

July 2015: Mr. Gregor Jaicke (left), the newly appointed Konrad Adenauer Kenya Representative, held a meeting with H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt at the Berlin Chancery on 30th July, 2015.

Mr. Jaicke was recently appointed to head a four-year project on strengthening capacities for effective devolution in Kenya under the auspices of Konrad Adenauer Foundation Kenya Office. 

During the meeting, the Representative outlined the core objectives of the new project that is co-funded by the European Union (EU) and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation & Development (BMZ). The project will cover 10 County Governments and targeted groups such as the Council of Governors, County Authorities, local journalists, among others. Local NGO's such as Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance and the Mobilization Agency for Paralegal Communities in Africa will partner with the Foundation on this project.

 

 

Pictorial: Courtesy Call by Rwandan Ambassador Designate

H.E. Joseph Magutt (right) with H.E. Igor Cesar, the Ambassador Designate of Rwanda to Germany, during the courtesy call at the Kenya Embassy in Berlin on 28th July, 2015.

 

Courtesy Call by Afrika-Verein President and Chief Executive Officer

July 2015: The leadership of Afrika-Verein der Deutschen Wirtschaft e.V. paid a courtesy call on Ambassador Joseph Magutt on 6th July, 2015. The officials were Dr. Stefan Liebing, President of Afrika-Verein (right) and Mr. Christoph Kannengiesser, the CEO of Afrika-Verein (left).

The Meeting was an opportunity for the leadership to introduce themselves to the Ambassador and to brief him on the activities of the organization. The Ambassador thanked the organization for playing an intermediary role between African and German business communities. Various strategies were explored during the meeting with the view of expanding German investments in Kenya and the East African region.

 

Kenyan Coffee Tasting at the Barn Coffee Roasters in Berlin

June 2015: One of the leading Specialty Coffee Roasters in Germany, Barn Coffee Roasters, held a coffee tasting event on 28th June, 2015, at their premises in Berlin. The event showcased coffee from 13 different factories/cooperatives in Kenya, namely, Kamwangi, Karinga, Mugaya, Kii, Tegu-Yekangu, Kathakwa, Githiga, Rianjagi, Gondo, Karimikui, Kiamwangi, Chorongi and Kaiguri. The philosophy of Barn Coffee Roasters is to source and roast some of the best coffees available on the planet. They pay premium prices and support coffee farmers to create a sustainable business.

PHOTOS:

1. From left: Mr. Ralf Rueller (owner of Barn Coffee Roasters), Mr. Simon Muiruri (Minister-Counsellor, Kenya Embassy Berlin), Ms. Mette-Marie Marisen (Coffee Trader from Dormans Coffee), Mr. Oliver Konje (Commercial Attaché, Kenya Embassy Berlin) and Ms. Janine Bartosik (Manager at Barn Coffee Roasters).

2. Coffee tasting time at the Barn Coffee Roasters in Berlin.

 

 

SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY VISITS GERMANY

June 2015: The Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Justin Muturi, is visiting Germany at the invitation of the President of the State Parliament of Schleswig-Holstein, Mr. Klaus Schlie. The one week visit is part of an initial step towards securing a formal collaboration between the two legislatures. 

The Speaker and his delegation were received at the Hamburg Airport on 20th June, 2015, by Kenya's Ambassador to Germany, H.E. Joseph Magutt, and the Chief of Protocol of the State Parliament of Schleswig-Holstein, Ms. Kristian Rieser.

The delegation that accompanied the Speaker to Germany include the following Members of Parliament: Hon. Jessica Mbalu, Hon. Wafula Wamunyinyi, and Hon. Muriuki Njagagua. Other members of the delegation include the Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr. Justin Bundi, the Director of Parliamentary Budget Office, Mrs. Phyllis Makau, the Deputy Director, Legislative and Procedural Services, Mr. Samuel Njoroge, the Media Relations Officer, Mr. Paul Mugambi, and the Speaker's Protocol Officer, Mr. Leonard Nyapere.

PHOTO:

Hon. Justin Muturi (right) and H.E. Joseph Magutt (2nd, left) with the President of the State Parliament of Schleswig-Holstein, Mr. Klaus Schlie (left) and the Kiel City guide, Mr. Uwe Trautsch (2nd, right).

 

PUBLIC PROCUREMENT OVERSIGHT AUTHORITY STUDY TOUR IN GERMANY & LUXEMBOURG

June 2015: Members of Kenya's Public Procurement Oversight Authority paid a courtesy call on H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt at the Embassy Chancery on 23rd June, 2015. The delegation, led by Mr. Maurice Oduor Juma, Director General, Public Procurement Oversight Authority, will be in Germany and Luxembourg for a week-long study tour of best practices with regard to procurement regulations in the two countries. 

The study tour of the Public Procurement Oversight Authority is within the framework of the project "Promotion of Good Governance to Strengthen Integrity and Accountability in Kenya" being implemented by the GIZ on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

 

 

DIASPORA VIEWS AND IEBC ONLINE MAPPING TOOL

June 2015: In February, 2015, the Government constituted a Task Force mandated to put the necessary framework in place to enable the Kenyan Diaspora to fully participate in future general elections and referenda. To ensure that the views of the Kenyan Diaspora are considered in the final report, the Task Force requests for suggestions from the Diaspora through written submissions which should be sent directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade through the email address: diaspora@mfa.go.ke. The suggestions are aimed at guiding policy and legislative changes that would eventually enable the Diaspora realize their Constitutional right. Further to this, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) would like to inform and encourage Kenyans to register with it through an online mapping tool http://www.iebc.or.ke/diaspora

 

 

MEETING WITH DAAD OFFICIALS IN BONN

June 2015: H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt held a meeting with officials of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) on 3rd June, 2015, in Bonn, Germany. The officials were Dr. Cay Etzold, Head of Section, Scholarship Programmes Africa, Dr. Sebastian Fohrbeck, Director, Scholarships and Mr. Felix Wagenfeld, Senior Expert for Africa and Middle East. The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Sylvester Koech, Second Secretary.

Since 1973, when DAAD opened its offices in Nairobi, more than 2,400 Kenyan students have benefitted from postgraduate study and research opportunities through scholarships offered by the organization. Currently, 84 academic staff members from Kenyan universities are undertaking PhDs in various fields under a joint programme between DAAD and Kenya's National Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI). 

The Ambassador and the DAAD officials discussed current areas of cooperation between DAAD and Kenyan institutions as well as possible areas of further cooperation. The Ambassador appreciated the work of the organization in giving Kenyans the opportunity to further their academic studies and research interests.

 

 

MEETING WITH BMZ OFFICIALS IN BONN

June 2015: H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt held a meeting with officials of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on 3rd June, 2015, in Bonn, Germany. The officials were Dr. Ralf-Matthias Mohs, Director for East Africa and Dr. Dominik Kneer, the Desk Officer for Kenya. The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Sylvester Koech, Second Secretary.

In December 2013, Germany signed a development cooperation agreement with Kenya whereby Germany allocated upto €233.7 million for development activities in Kenya for the period 2014-2016. Development Cooperation with Kenya is focused on the following sectors: Agriculture, water and health. Other areas of cooperation include governance, energy and education.

The meeting discussed the current areas of development cooperation with Kenya as well as the emerging challenges facing the country and the East African region.The Ambassador appreciated the work of BMZ in Kenya and in the region.

 

 

MEETING WITH OFFICIALS OF THE SENIOR EXPERTEN SERVICES (SES)

June 2015: H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt met with two officials of the Senior Experten Services (SES) organization on 3rd June, 2015, at their offices in Bonn, Germany. The officials were: Ms. Anja Tenambergen, Project Coordinator Africa and Ms. Bettina Hartmann, Director, Expert Department and Recruiting. The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Sylvester Koech, Second Secretary.

SES was created in 1983 and is the largest volunteer organization for retired professionals.  The organization aims at ensuring that people can pass on their knowledge on voluntary basis after their retirement. SES receives requests from institutions in different countries looking for expert support in fields such as agriculture, automative engineering, textiles, and other diverse fields. Seven senior experts have been to Kenya this year and the organization has received requests from more organizations.

The Ambassador appreciated the work done by SES. He stated that Kenya, being a developing economy, requires expert support in all areas of the economy. He therefore hoped to work closely with the organization in bringing more senior experts to Kenya.

 

 

Former President of Nigeria H.E. Olesegun Obasanjo was the Chief Guest at the Africa Day 2015

Berlin, May, 2015

From the top: 1. The Former President of Nigeria H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo and H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt having a chat on the sidelines of the Africa Day 2015 at the KfW Development Bank;

2. H.E. Obasanjo with a group of African Ambassadors accredited to Berlin;

3. H.E. Obasanjo, Amb. Georg Schmidt - Regional Director for Sub-Sahara and the Sahel in the Federal Foreign Ministry, Prof. Joseph Brian Diescho - CEO of the Namimbian Institute of Public Administration and Management and the moderator during a panel discussion;

4. H.E. Obasanjo giving his keynote address at the Africa Day titled: "Towards New Vistas for the Africa-Europe Partnership for Development".

Kenya Coffee Firms Voted World's Best

Workers sort coffee parchment at coffee factory in Kenya

 Berlin, May 2015: Four Kenyan factories have been named among the  world's best speciality coffee producers at a bi-annual sampling event featuring 49 top-end samples.

Gachatha Coffee Factory in Nyeri County clinched the first position and other three Kenyan factories dominated the top 10 category.

The Rainforest Alliance released the detailed scores at its bi-annual "cupping for quality" event that featured 49 coffee samples from Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Kenya and Rwanda. These were reviewed by a panel of expert cuppers hosted by Balzac Brothers at their SCAA-certified lab in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.

The popularity of Kenyan coffee follows concerted efforts to increase acreage and research on new varieties.

Ethiopian Ambassador Pays a Courtesy Call to Amb. Magutt

 

Amb. Joseph Magutt with H.E. Mr. Kuma Tokon - Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Ethiopia when he paid the former a courtesy call on 12th May, 2015

Kenyan Officials Visits the Embassy

 

From the Top: 1. Amb. Joseph Magutt with Dr. Kenneth S. Ombongi, Kenya Utalii College's Principal and Board member of EUHOFA International which is a prestigious association of hotel school Directors and Deans of hospitality Colleges and Universities.  Dr. Ombongi was in Berlin for Board meetings.

2. Mr. Simon Muiruri - Minister Counsellor at the Embassy (2nd Right) with County Executives in charge of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Mr. Kulati Wangia (Right) from kakamega, Mrs. Philigona Ooko from Siaya and Mr. Patrick Koyi from Bungoma and Mr. Jens Jaspert (Left) from GIZ.

The County Executives were in Berlin to participate in international conference at the facilitation of Federal Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation from 11th - 12th May, 2015

Kenya's Honorary Consuls Meet with Amb. Joseph Magutt

Amb. Joseph Magutt with Honorary Consul of Kenya for Hamburg Dr. Jens P. Breitengross 30th April, 2015; and below, he is with the Honorary Consul of Kenya responsible for Bulgaria Mr. Ivaylo Dermendjiev on 11th May, 2015

Tourism Officials Held Discussions with Lufthansa German Airlines in Frankfurt

April, 2015: The Principal Secretary for Commerce and Tourism Dr. Ibrahim M. Mohamed and Kenya Tourism Board Managing Director, Mr. Muriithi Ndegwa accompanied by H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt paid a courtesy call to Lufthansa German Airlines' Head Quarters in Frankfurt/Main on 29th April, 2015. The discussions with the Airline's officials led by its Director for Network Planning Dr. Sebastian Hollmeier focused on proposals for flight partnership between Lufthansa and Kenya.

COURTESY CALL BY MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON LANDS

H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt (middle) with Hon. George Oner, Chairperson of the Lands Committee (right), Hon. Hellen Chepkwony, Kericho Women's Rep (second from right), Hon. Onesmus Ngunjiri, Bahati MP (second from left) and Mr. James Ginono, Parliamentary Staff Member (left).

April 2015: The members of the Kenya National Assembly Committee on Lands paid a courtesy call on Ambassador Joseph Magutt on 24th April, 2015. The delegation was in Germany to participate in the Global Soil Week held at Scandic Hotel in Berlin.  

 

 

Agriculture PS pays a courtesy call on the Ambassador on the sidelines of the 2015 Global Soil Week

April 2015: The Principal Secretary (PS) of the State Department of Agriculture in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Mrs. Sicily K. Kariuki, paid a courtesy call on H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt on 22nd April, 2015, at the Embassy Chancery.

The Principal Secretary is among the keynote speakers in this year's Global Soil Week being held at the Scandic Hotel in Berlin from 16th to 23rd April, 2015. The members of the Kenya National Assembly Committee on Lands are also attending the Conference. The theme of this year's Conference ("soil. the substance of transformation") highlights the importance of soil management and land governance in the post-2015 development agenda and in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. On the sidelines of the Conference, the PS held consultative  meetings with the top leadership of the GIZ, a key development partner of Kenya, especially in working with County Governments to foster food security through drought resilience programmes.

 

Visit by Members of the Kenya National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI)

H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt with Prof. Lydia Njenga from the University of Nairobi, Mr. Peter Kahihia, Chairman of NACOSTI (left) and Mr. Felix Omonya, Science Secretary, NACOSTI (right).

April 2015: A delegation from the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) are visiting Germany from 20th to 24th April, 2015. The delegation is on a study tour as part of a process to establish the National Physical Laboratory to enable researchers carry out cutting-edge research programmes and to supplement the existing academic institution-based laboratories. The group visited key institutes in Germany, such as, the Federal Institute for Material Testing and Checking and the National Meteorology Institute (PTB) based in Braunschweig.

 

 

KENYANS DOMINATE THE 35TH VATTENFALL BERLIN HALF MARATHON

March 2015: Kenyans dominated the 35th Vattenfall Berlin half Marathon held on 29th March, 2015, in Berlin. Cynthia Kosgei won the women's race with 70 minutes and 52 seconds, beating a fellow Kenyan, Elizabe Cherono, by only four seconds.

In the men's race, Kenya's David Kogei finished second with 59 minutes 46 seconds after a thrilling close tie with Birhanu Legese of Ethiopia who finished with 59 minutes 45 seconds.

The event saw 32,000 runners from more than 100 countries participate in the race. The members of staff of the Kenya Embassy Berlin were on the ground to cheer the Kenyans on.

Photos (from top):

1. Cynthia Kosgei crossing the finishing line.

2. David Kogei and Birhanu Legese in a thrilling finish.

3. First Counsellor Betty Cherwon and her family pose for a photo with the Kenyan runners.

 

THE 17TH BIENNIAL AMBASSADOR'S CONFERENCE IN KWALE

H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt (centre) having a conversation with H.E. Amb. Robinson Githae (left) and H.E. Amb. Isaiya Kabira (right) during a break at the Conference.

March 2015: Ambassador Joseph Magutt is attending the 17th Biennial Ambassador's and High Commissioner's Conference at the Leisure Lodge Golf Club and Resort in Kwale County. The theme of the Conference is "Building bridges for effective Diplomatic Engagements". H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta officially opened the Conference on Tuesday, 24th March, 2015. The President urged the envoys to market Kenya as a safe destination for tourists and as a viable manufacturing, innovation and trade hub for investors. He stated that the government has done a lot to secure the country. Besides trade and tourism, the President told the diplomats to market Kenya as a supporter of regional integration, arguing that stronger connections with other countries will make it easier for Kenya to achieve Vision 2030.

Accompanying the President was the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Amb. Amina Mohamed,who proposed to the President that Kenya introduces a special scheme to dedicate funds for the purchase of Government owned properties abroad.

Other Cabinet Secretaries in attendance during the opening ceremony included Najib Balala (Mining), Joseph Nkaissery (Interior) and Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya. 

 

 

DIASPORA EASTER INVESTMENT CONFERENCE AT THE WINDSOR GOLF HOTEL & COUNTRY CLUB NAIROBI

March 2015: The Kenya Diaspora Easter Investment Conference 2015 will be held from 31st March to 2nd April, 2015, at the Windsor Golf Hotel & Country Club. The unique Conference brings together Diaspora, Business Community and Government departments involved with the Diaspora. Exciting investment opportunities will be showcased including those in the Counties. For more details and registration, please visit www.diasporaportal.co.ke.

 

NEW PROCEDURES FOR PASSPORT COLLECTION AT KENYA EMBASSSY BERLIN

March 2015: The Kenya Embassy Berlin has come up with new procedures and requirements for Courier dispatch and personal pick-up of passports at the Embassy. For more details on these requirements, please visit the Consular Section on this website under the Passport and Travel Documents sub-section.

 

 

THE EAC JOINT EVENT AT ITB 2015

March 2015: The EAC joint event was held on Friday, 6th March, 2015, at the stand of the United Republic of Tanzania, during the ITB exhibition in Messe, Berlin. The aim of the annual event is to promote the diverse tourism potential of the East African Region. The East African Community (EAC) is the regional intergovernmental organization of the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

During the event, guests were treated to exciting traditional songs and dances from the region. Kenya was represented by dancers from the Bomas of Kenya as well as the musician Emmy Kosgei, known for her hit song Taunet nelel. The regional statement at the event was delivered by the Chairperson of the Sectoral Council on Tourism and Wildlife Management, Hon. Lazaro Nyalandu, MP and Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism of the United Republic of Tanzania.

Kenya won the 2nd best Exhibitor Award 2015 position among African Exhibitors. It was the 6th best stand overall at the 2015 ITB event.

Photos (From Top):

1. H.E. Mr. Philip S. Marmo, Ambassador of Tanzania to Germany, welcoming guests to the EAC event at the Tanzania stand. The guests included Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie and H.E. Ambassador Joseph Magutt.

2. Kenya's cultural Ambassador, Emmy Kosgei, entertaining guests at the event.

3. KTB Managing Director Muriithi Ndegwa (second right) celebrates Kenya's Awards together with Minister-Counsellor Simon Muiruri (Second left), Emmy Kosgei (centre), KTB Marketing Director Jacinta Mbithi (third left) and Miss Tourism Kenya Jacqueline Komen (third right) and others.

 

Cabinet Secretary for East Africa Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, Mrs. Phyllis Kandie, Accompanied by other Senior Officials from Tourism Sector, Participates in ITB Berlin 2015

March, 2015: From the Top:

1. Kenya Stand at the ITB.

2. South African Minister for Tourism Mr. Derek Andre Hanekom paid a courtesy call to the Cabinet Secretary where they discussed various strategies aimed at strengthening tourism ties between Kenya and South Africa.

3. The Cabinet Secretary during a press interview. H.E. Dr. Joseph Magutt- Kenya's Ambassador in Germany also present.

4. The Cabinet Secretary flanked by Amb. Magutt and Ms Emmy Kosgey - Kenya's Cultural Good-Will Ambassador.

5. The Cabinet Secretary with Secretary General for United Nations World Tourism Organization Mr. Taleb Rifai (Centre) and South African Minister for Tourism Mr. Derek Hanekom at the Kenya Stand.

Over 35 exhibitors from Kenya drawn from Hotel and Safari sectors are showcasing their products and services at the ITB. County officials from Turkana, Mombasa and Nakuru also present to market tourism potentials in the respective counties.

Berlin ITB is world renowned travel exhibition that provides international platform to stakeholders in the hospitality sector to showcase their latest travel trends and related products. Therefore, ITB remains an important international forum for Kenya's tourism sector.

 

 

AMBASSADOR MAGUTT PRESENTS CREDENTIALS TO PRESIDENT GAUCK

March 2015: Ambassador Joseph Magutt presented his letter of credence as Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to President Joachim Gauck in a solemn and defining ceremony at the Federal President's official residence (Schloss Bellevue) on 4th March, 2015.

In accordance with the protocol, Ambassador Magutt and his party of five Embassy officers were escorted to the residence of the Federal President in official cars, with police escort. In the courtyard of the residence, the Ambassador was welcomed by high-level officials from the Chief of Protocol's office (Federal Foreign Office) and the representative of the Directorate-General for Foreign Affairs in the office of the Federal President. The Ambassador was then escorted to the steps leading to the entrance of Schloss Bellevue where a guard of honour from the Bundeswehr paid him military honours. From there, the Ambassador signed the President's guest book before eventually presenting his letter of credence to the President of the Federal Republic of Germany.

 

EAC DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL PAYS A COURTESY CALL ON THE AMBASSADOR

March 2015: The Deputy Secretary General of the East African Community, Mr. Charles Njoroge (right) paid a courtesy call on Kenya's Ambassador to Germany, H.E. Joseph Magutt (left) on 3rd March, 2015. The Deputy Secretary General was the leader of a delegation that was visiting Germany under the auspices of the Federal Foreign Office to discuss aspects of the integration process of the East African Community.

 

 

HIGH-LEVEL EAC DELEGATION VISITS GERMANY

Mr. Simon Muiruri, the Minister-Counsellor and Head of Chancery (right) having a conversation with Mr. John Konchellah, the PS in the Ministry of EAC, Commerce and Tourism (middle), and Mr. Charles Njoroge, the Deputy Secretary General of the EAC, on Monday, 24th February, 2015, in Berlin.

February 2015: A high-level delegation from the East African Community (EAC) is in Germany under the auspices of the Foreign Office to discuss dimensions of the EAC's regional integration. The delegation is led by Mr. Charles Njoroge, the Deputy Secretary General of the EAC. Other members of the delegation include Mr. John Konchellah, the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of East African Community, Commerce and Tourism (representing Kenya); Ms. Edith Mwanje, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of East African Community Affairs of the Republic of Uganda; Ms. Joyce Mapunjo, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of East African Community Affairs of the Republic of Tanzania; Mr. Jean Rigi, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of East African Community Affairs of the Republic of Burundi; and Mr. Abdullah Mwinyi, a member of the East African Legislative Assembly.

During the four-day visit, the delegation will hold consultative meetings with senior officials in the Office of the Federal President, the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Central Bank, Members of the German Bundestag and Bundesrat, German think-tanks and German-African Business Association.

 

 

VISIT TO KENYA BY THE FOREIGN MINISTER OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY

February 2015: The German Foreign Minister, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, visited Kenya from 21st to 22nd February, 2015, accompanied by a high-ranking business delegation from Germany. The Foreign Minister held bilateral talks with the President of Kenya, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, and also with Amb. Dr. Amina Mohamed, the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, among other engagements.

During the courtesy call at State House Nairobi, the President assured the German Foreign Minister that the East African region provided new areas of potential interest in trade and investment. The President also highlighted the good cooperation between Kenya and Germany and called for further enhancement of the ties for the mutual benefit of the two countries. The Foreign Minister highlighted Kenya's important role in East Africa and praised Kenya as an anchor of stability in the region.

The Foreign Minister and the German business delegation held meetings with the Kenyan business community in order to build lasting partnerships. The German business delegation consisted of senior representatives of German companies and institutions, such as, Siemens, Strabag, Goethe, among others. During meetings with Kenyan organizations such as KenInvest, KEPSA and the Kenya Private Sector, the participants discussed issues of industrial development, challenges of the German Private Sector in Kenya and Economic Integration, among other topics. The German companies expressed interest in investing in Kenya.

 

BREAKFAST MEETING IN HONOUR OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF SOMALIA

February 2015: H.E. Amb. Joseph Magutt attended a breakfast meeting in honour of H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, on 14th February, 2015, at a hotel in Berlin. The meeting was also attended by other Ambassadors based in Berlin from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) member states. Various issues were discussed at the meeting, including the on-going peace process in the Republic of South Sudan.

 

H.E. Joseph Magutt, Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to Germany (left) and H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, on Saturday 14th February, 2015.

MEETING KENYAN CONGREGATION AT GOD'S LOVE INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY

February 2015: On Sunday, 15th February, 2015, Mr. Simon Muiruri, the Minister-Counsellor, and Mr. Oliver Konje, the Commercial Attachè, had the opportunity to meet with a Kenyan congregation at the God's Love International Ministry in Berlin.

The Minister-Counsellor encouraged the Kenyans to continue supporting community development and investment in Kenya. He told the leaders of the church that the Government recognized the contribution made by the Diaspora to Kenya's growth and development and that there was a deliberate attempt by the Embassy in Berlin to reach out to all the Diaspora in Germany.

 

 

The Minister-Counsellor, Mr. Simon Muiruri (centre-left) and the Commercial Attache, Mr. Oliver Konje (second from right) together with the leaders of the God's Love International Ministry.

MUNICH SECURITY CONFERENCE: PHOTOS

February 2015: The Munich Security Conference was held from 6th to 8th February, 2015, in Munich, Germany. Kenya's delegation was led by the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Amb. Dr. Amina Mohamed. The Cabinet Secretary was received at the Munich Airport by Kenya's Ambassador to Germany, H.E. Amb. Dr. Joseph Magutt.

 

CABINET SECRETARY MEETS KENYAN DIASPORA IN MUNICH

February 2015: On Saturday, 7th February, 2015, the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Amb. Dr. Amina Mohamed and H.E. Amb. Dr. Joseph Magutt, held a meeting with the Kenyan Diaspora in Munich. The Cabinet Secretary highlighted the important role played by the Diaspora in the growth of the Kenyan Economy, giving an example of the remittances sent by Kenyans abroad (which stood at Ksh. 113 Billion according to the Central Bank of Kenya statistics for 2013). The Cabinet Secretary also highlighted the strategies in the recently launched Diaspora Policy, including enabling Kenyans in Diaspora to vote in general elections, reducing the cost of remitting money, and having a database of Kenyans abroad (through the Ministry's web portal). On his part, Kenya's Ambassador to Germany stated that he operated an open door policy at the Mission and that he would facilitate the Diaspora to achieve their maximum potential within the Mission's Service Charter.

FRUIT LOGISTICA 2015

February 2015: H.E. Amb. Dr. Joseph Magutt met Kenyan exporters at Messe Berlin during the Fruit Logistica Exhibition 2015. The Ambassador encouraged the exporters to continue exploring the European market as much as they could and to also strictly observe the various standards governing their export businesses. There were thirteen Kenyan companies represented at the Kenyan stand. Twelve other Kenyan companies came to scout for business opportunities at the exhibition.

GERMAN-AFRICA INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM

Above: From right is Mr. Skander Nagashi, CEO of Trade and Fairs Consultant, Mr. Oliver Konje, Kenya Embassy Berlin and Mr. Michael Fest, Guaff Consultant.
Above: From right is Mr. Oliver Konje, Kenya Embassy Berlin, Ms. Medrine Ndanu Chatty, Sales Director of NewAfrican Magazine, Ms. Kristina Jasiunaite, CEO of World Bicycle Relief Deutschland and Mr. Ebere Ihetu, ENA Consulting FZ LLC in Dubai, UAE.

December, 2014: The 2nd German-Africa Infrastructure Forum was held in Munich, Germany, from 3rd to 4th December, 2014. The Kenya Embassy Berlin was represented by the Commercial Attaché, Mr. Oliver Konje.

During the event, the Commercial Attachè met with several participants (pictured above). Mr. Skander Nagashi is based in Germany and a key trade fair organizer. He organizes trade fairs in Kenya, which normally attracts German exhibitors and other participants. An example is the Building East Africa's Future Trade Fair to be held at the KICC in Nairobi from 26th to 28th February, 2015.

Guaff Consultants are working with the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure in Kenya on Rail and Road Based Mass rapid Transport System in Nairobi.

The bicycle displayed above is designed purposely for students who are experiencing a challenge on the distance they cover while going to school every day. The priority is given to students who are performing well in school and whose performance could be enhanced by making it easier for them to go to school. The beneficiaries will be selected jointly by education stakeholders from the area/region identified. World Bicycle Relief Deutschland organization has identified Kenya as one of the countries they plan to operate in.

 

 

 

SPANDAU CHRISTMAS MARKET

ABOVE: Mr. Rashid Tulla, First Counsellor, giving the Keynote Address. BELOW: Mr. Simon Muiruri, Charge d'Affaires, engaging the organizers of the Market, as Mr. Oliver Konje, Commercial Attache, looks on.

November 2014: The Staff of the Kenya Embassy Berlin attended the official opening ceremony of the Spandau Christmas Market on 26th November, 2014, in Berlin. The Christmas Market is a street market associated with the celebration of Christmas during the four weeks of Advent. The history of Christmas Markets goes back to the Late Middle Ages in the German-speaking parts of Europe and in many parts of the former Holy Roman Empire that includes many eastern regions of France and Switzerland.  Generally held in the town square and adjacent pedestrian zones, the market sells food, drinks and seasonal items from open-air stalls, accompanied by traditional singing and dancing.

The organizers of the Spandau Christmas Market expressed their interest in working with the Kenyan Embassy in the future and if possible, having Kenyan artists perform on particular days. During this year's event, the Kenyans who participated sold Kenyan foods and handicrafts, thereby showcasing Kenya's rich cultural heritage.

THE 2014 BAZAAR BERLIN EXHIBITION

Mr. Simon Muiruri, the Charge d'affaires, having a chat with one of the Kenyan exhibitors at the 2014 Bazaar Berlin exhibition.

November 2014: The Bazaar Berlin exhibition, formerly known as Import Shop Exhibition, was held from 12th to 16th November, 2014, at Messe Berlin.

The exhibition attracts many importers, exporters and manufacturers from Germany and around the world. Several Kenyan exhibitors were present displaying various items, such as, leather goods, household textiles, arts and crafts, ethnic jewellery, basketry, ceramics, and glassware. 

The Chargè d'affaires, Mr. Simon Muiruri, and Mr. Oliver Konje, the Commercial Attachè, attended the event to meet the Kenyan SMEs' exporters in order to encourage them and to get to know the issues affecting them.

 

YOUNG KENYAN SCIENTIST HONOURED IN BERLIN

November 2014: A young Kenyan scientist, Kennedy Mbeva, was awarded with the Green Talents 2014 Award by the German Federal Minister for Education and Research, Prof. Johanna Wanka, on 7th November, 2014, at the new Federal Ministry of Education and Research Building in Berlin.The prestigious title was also awarded to several other young scientists from around the world during the ceremony.

The Kenyan, currently undertaking a Master's course in Beijing, China, was awarded for his enthusiastic activism and his clear vision of the practical applicability of his research to improving sustainable development in the future.

A high-ranking jury of experts selects the winners annually. This year, a record number of 800 scientists from more than 100 countries submitted their work to the jury. The winners of the award visited top locations for sustainability research in Germany where they gained a deeper insight into the country's innovation system and exchanged ideas with the country's leading experts in individual meetings.

The Second Secretary at the Kenya Embassy Berlin, Mr. Silvester Koech, attended the prize-giving ceremony.

For more information about the award, please visit the following website: www.greentalents.de