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H.E. Amb. Robinson Njeru Githae paid a courtesy call on H.E. Amb. Corinne Kitsell, UK Ambassador to Austria. They discussed various matters of mutual interest and benefit to both countries.

October 29th, 2021|

Amb. Robinson Githae, kicks off the soccer match at SC Harland in Vienna, at the invitation of Anton Heinzl, Austrian politician and former member of the National Council. With him is Mr. Willis, Member of the Kenya-Austrian Business Association.

October 11th, 2021|

H.E Robinson Njeru Githae, Kenya’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative in Vienna, Austria receiving The Women in Plant Mutation Breeding Award from H.E Rafael Mariano Grossi, DG-IAEA in virtual presence of DG -FAO on behalf of Prof. Miriam Kinyua of University of Eldoret, Kenya.Prof. Kinyua came up with mutants varieties of wheat (Eldo Mavuno & Eldo Baraka) which are resistant to wheat black stem rust disease.

October 11th, 2021|

H.E Amb Robinson Njeru Githae, elected one of the Vice- Presidents for the Tenth Assembly of Parties for IACA

October 11th, 2021|

Amb.Robinson Njeru Githae congratulates&hands over the Kenyan flags to Leonard Langat and Vibian Chepkirui, Winners of the 2021 Vienna City Marathon&Edwin Kosgei who came in third in the men’s race. He is joined by Glenns Etyang, Humphrey Rutto and Peter Mbugua from the Mission.

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October 11th, 2021|

KENYA EMBASSY, VIENNA

IMPORTANT NOTICE

HUDUMA NAMBA UPDATE FOR KENYAN DIASPORA IN AUSTRIA, HUNGARY AND THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC

The Kenya Embassy in Vienna wishes to inform that it has received an update on the status of Huduma Namba Cardsfrom the Huduma Namba Secretariat for the Kenyan Diaspora as follows:

  1. The data processing, which is still ongoing, has resulted in random production of Huduma Namba Cards as the data collected must pass some processing threshold before production is undertaken. This has caused the delays currently being experienced in the issuance of the cards.

  2. The Secretariat appreciates the numerous enquiries from the Kenyan Diaspora on the status of their Huduma Namba cards and also seeking clarification on the collection points. In this regard, the Secretariat has:

    • Operationalized the following email for use by the Diaspora Community for direct engagement and enquiries: diaspora@hudumanamba.go.ke,

    • Developed and published a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which are available on the website: hudumanamba.go.ke.

       

The Embassy wishes to encourage the Kenyan Diaspora who registered for Huduma Namba to use the email above to check on the status of their cards.

The Embassy also wishes to inform the Kenyan Diaspora that it is following up with the Huduma Namba Secretariat through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, regarding the status of cards registered at the Embassy, and there distribution thereof through the Embassy.

 

KENYA EMBASSY, VIENNA

Enquiries: diaspora@kenyaembassyvienna.at

23 JUNE, 2021

 

June 24th, 2021|

PRESS STATEMENT ON THE MARITIME DELIMITATION CASE (SOMALIA V KENYA) AT THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE 15TH-24TH MARCH 2021

  1. Kenya has decided not to participate at the Maritime Delimitation Case (Somalia v Kenya) which is currently ongoing at the International Court of Justice. This decision is on account of procedural unfairness at the Court. It is a decision that was made after deep reflection and extensive consultation on how best to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Kenya.

  2. In a letter to Mr. Philippe Gautier, the Registrar at the ICJ, Kenya re-affirmed that it was not properly before the court in accordance with its acceptance of the court’s jurisdiction. Kenya outlined that while it had no doubt about the merits of its case, procedural unfairness had left doubt on whether substantive justice would be done. Kenya re-stated that it should not have been dragged to the Court by Somalia merely because of the neighbor’s resurgent expansionist agenda. Kenya also noted that the composition of the membership of the bench conducting the case reinforced concerns of bias, citing the case of Somali Citizen, Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf, who sits on the ICJ and who has previously represented Somalia at the Third United Nations Conference on the law of the sea. At the conference the Judge stated that delimitation of the EEEZ and continental shelf should not be effected in accordance to the principle of equidistance but rather by application of equitable principles.

  3. Moreover, in affirming and imposing its jurisdiction on Kenya over this matter and failing to appreciate the full extent of Kenya’s reservations in its Optional Clause Declaration under Article 36(2) of the ICJ Statute, the Court, deprived the parties of the opportunity to have the dispute resolved in a suitable, non-adversarial manner, which, in fact Somalia had itself consented to under the 2009 Memorandum of Understanding, an instrument that the ICJ has affirmed as a valid treaty.

  4. Kenya has also informed the Court that influential third party commercial interests are fueling the case, that threatens to destabilize the peace and security of an already fragile region. The speed at which the matter was rushed before the Court and the players involved in this dispute, pointed to a well-orchestrated strategy of pitting the countries against each other in total disregard to the precarious security situation in the region. Influential third parties are intent on using instability in Somalia to advance predatory commercial interests with little regard to peace and security in the region.

  5. Kenya remains confident in its position that there is an existing maritime boundary that was established in 1979. The boundary as established has been respected by both Countries until 2014 when Somalia attempted to repudiate the agreement by dragging Kenya to the International Court of Justice seeking to appropriate Kenya’s maritime space.

  6. From the onset, Kenya has advocated for a diplomatic solution. Kenya’s preference for negotiation reflects the African Union Border Programme which encourages States to resolve disputes through bilateral negotiations or within the African Union Peace and Security architecture.

  7. Kenya has provided the Court with a comprehensive background to Kenya – Somalia relations underscoring Kenya’s longheld commitment to peaceful and friendly relations despite Somalia’s intransigence and territorial ambitions against Kenya. It undisputable that the Government and people of Kenya have made great sacrifices for their Somali neighbours. Kenya has provided humanitarian relief to hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees. Its military has protected the Somali Government from terrorists. The Somali Government was hosted in Nairobi for several years because of insecurity in Mogadishu. It enjoyed generous financial, diplomatic, and military support from Kenya. Its gradual return to Mogadishu was made possible thanks to the thousands of Kenyan and regional troops in the African Union Mission in Somalia (“AMISOM”).

  8. Hundreds of Kenyan civilians and security personnel, including a number of Kenyan soldiers, have lost their lives due to, or in the fight against, the Al Shabaab terrorist group. The Kenyan Navy has also played an active role against terrorist activity and piracy off the Somali coast. The UN and the African Union have recognized Kenya’s “huge” and “extraordinary sacrifice” in support of their Somalia.

  9. The Government and People of Kenya said feel betrayed that Somalia had brought the case before the ICJ after repudiating a maritime boundary that it had consented to for over 35 years. Somalia has incited hostility against Kenya, and actively contributed to the climate that encourages attacks against Kenyan civilians and against Kenyan forces in Somalia and even threatening their ability to continue to support AMISOM. Somalia has also undermined the fundamental need for stability and predictability of boundaries among States.

  10. Any consideration of this equidistant claim sets a dangerous precedent as it will not only reward Somalia’s belligerent conduct but also has the potential of disturbing already established boundaries.

  11. Kenya’s concerns have also been exacerbated by previous decisions taken by the Court which has created a perception of unfairness and injustice towards Kenya including amendment by the Court to its rules to allow for hearings to be conducted via video link without consultation of member states prior to the issuance of the hearing dates for this case. Kenya has consistently communicated to the Court its reasons for seeking a deferment of the case including the COVID-19 pandemic conditions that hampered Kenya’s ability to prepare adequately for the hearing.

  12. The COVID19 pandemic struck when Kenya had just recruited a new legal team. As such, Kenya and its legal team have not had an opportunity to have preparatory meetings and engagements. The court has failed to appreciate that Kenya is exactly where it was at the beginning of 2020 with regard to its compilation of its international legal team. Without such necessary preparations, Kenya is of the considered view that any participation in the hearing will be nothing more than a perfunctory, cosmetic and symbolic exercise. The seriousness of the case requires proper and adequate preparation. In Kenya’s view, it would be ill-advised for it to participate in a complex case with far-reaching consequences, without such proper and adequate preparation. These and other related matters have forced Kenya to stand back from the court and to continue to insist that the resolution of this border dispute belongs in its rightful place on the bilateral and or continental platform.

  13. It is in view of the foregoing well elucidated reasons that Kenya reached the decision not to participate in the hearings and remains steadfast that this dispute should be withdrawn from the Court and resolved through bilateral negotiations. Kenya also expects Somalia to normalize its relations with Kenya following their unprovoked and unjustified decision to sever diplomatic relations with its neighbour. Somalia has to normalize its relations with Kenya before it can engage on any platform anywhere in the world with any person and or agent of Kenya through any proxy.

  14. Kenya has informed the Court that any insistence on its participation in the proceedings, defeats Kenya’s right to a fair hearing. Kenya has collected, and continues to collect substantial additional evidence in this matter. Such evidence will be of value only if Kenya is given ample opportunity to prepare it for proper and effective presentation to the Court. The current timelines – and in the context of the pandemic – have not afforded Kenya such an opportunity.

18th March, 2021

March 20th, 2021|

LAUNCH OF UNIDO PCP SELF-STARTER FOR KENYA

The Republic of Kenya and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) jointly launched the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) Self-Starter for Kenya on Friday 22nd January, 2021. The virtual event was graced H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and Mr. Li Yong, the Director General of UNIDO.

The PCP Self-Starter for Kenya, the first of its kind will see the Government of Kenya take a leading role in the entire PCP process from design to implementation.

In his statement, H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta noted that the event marked a milestone in the partnership between Kenya and UNIDO, which is an important step towards accelerating Industrial transformation of Kenya’s economy. The President also informed that Kenya opted for this UNIDO’s innovative model, to accelerate inclusive and sustainable Industrial development, having noted its success in other countries that have chosen this path. Full Statement >>Click Here

In his remarks, the Director General Mr. Li Yong, emphasized that the PCP self-starter would facilitate further acceleration of the Government’s industrialization agenda and support the recovery of the manufacturing sector and supply chains from adverse COVID-19-related impacts. The DG also confirmed UNIDO’s commitment to support Kenya to fully implement the PCP, through the provision of technical assistance and advisory services through a multi-disciplinary team of experts.

The Director General also highlighted that the launch of the PCP Self-Starter was timely as it came at a time when Africa has launched the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which creates a continental market that benefits from the economies of scale, and has immense benefits that will ultimately enhance sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development. Link to UNIDO >> Launch of Kenya PCP self-starter | UNIDO

Ms. Betty Maina, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Trade, Industrialization and Enterprise Development of the Republic of Kenya; Dr. Francis Owino, Principal Secretary State Department for Industrialization Kenya; Dr. Medhin Tsehaiu, United Nations Resident Coordinator for Kenya; Ms. Kawira Bucyana, Officer in-Charge of the UNIDO Country Office in Kenya; Amb. Robinson Njeru Githae, Permanent Representative/Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya in Vienna; Amb. Stella Mokaya Orina, Deputy Permanent Representative/Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenyain Vienna, were among the officials who participated in the launch.

 

January 26th, 2021|

AMB. (DR.) AMINA C. MOHAMED’S CANDIDATURE FOR THE POST OF DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION

On 7th July, 2020, The Government of the Republic of Kenya nominated Ambassador (Dr.) Amina C. Mohamed, EGH, CAV, for appointment to the post of Director-General of World Trade Organization (WTO).

Ambassador Amina Mohamed has a wealth of experience with the WTO and the multilateral trading system, combined with an extensive track record in international relations. She has chaired all the key high-level WTO decision-making bodies, thus gaining a deep understanding of the range of concerns and issues across the WTO membership.

In addition, Ambassador Amina Mohamed chaired the 10th WTO Ministerial Conference, the first to be held in Africa, and steered it to a successful conclusion. She is the current President of the 14th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and former Assistant Secretary General & Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Ambassador Amina Mohamed is a widely acknowledged astute Diplomat, having served as Kenya’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to United Nations in Geneva, and as a Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Trade of the Republic of Kenya. She has also held other Ministerial portfolios and currently is the Minister for Sports, Culture and Heritage. Ambassador Amina Mohamed is therefore distinctly qualified to serve as the WTO Director-General. She has the vision and capacity to unite all WTO members in pursuit of their common interests. Her leadership at the WTO will be a game changer that will enable this important institution to meet the requirements of its members and better address the evolving demands of the 21st Century.

Click here for Official Campaign Website

September 17th, 2020|

Following the suspension of all scheduled and non-scheduled passenger flights in and out of Nairobi FIR due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of the Republic of Kenya has given the following directives in resumption of international flights on 1st August, 2020.

  1. All arriving passengers on international flights from the list of approved States whose body temperature is NOT above 37.5° C (99.5°F); do not have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms; have negative PCR based COVID-19 test carried out within 96 hours before travel will be exempted from quarantine. The list of approved States whose travellers are exempt from quarantine can be accessed in the KCAA website: https://www.kcaa.or.ke/quarantine-exempted-states and will be reviewed as necessary to accommodate changes communicated by the approving Authority.

  2. The mandatory Ministry of Health Travellers Health Surveillance online Form must be filled and submitted prior to travel. The online form should be accessed from the Ministry of Health website: https://bit.ly/COVID19 MOH

  3. All crew shall be exempt from quarantine after operating any flight if their body temperature is not above 37.5° C (99.5°F); do not exhibit symptoms of COVID–19 and there is no suspected case of COVID-19 on their flight. With a suspected case of COVID-19 on the flight, the crew shall be quarantined at home or designated facility. If results are negative they shall be allowed to resume normal duties.

  4. The air operators shall be responsible for ensuring proper screening, medical briefing and reporting any cases to the relevant authorities

  5. For those passengers traveling out of the country, they will be required to abide by the particular travel, health and COVID-19 related requirements of the destination country;

  6. Passengers arriving on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their hotels and/or residences;

  7. Drivers should have evidence that they have come from the Airport to drop or pick up passengers;

  8. Passengers departing on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their departure airport;

  9. Air Operators shall provide guidance material to passengers regarding application of the preventive measures on board;

  10. Where physical distancing cannot be guaranteed because of the seat configuration or other operational constraints, the crew members will make constant on-board announcements reminding passengers to adhere at all times to all the other preventive measures including strict hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette and should wear a surgical face mask. In addition, other measures such as cabin high efficiency particulate filters (HEPA) where available will be employed.

  11. Kenya Airports Authority, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works is reviewing frequency and timing of flights to facilitate physical distancing at the Airports.

AIC 19/20 (White 216) is hereby cancelled

 

July 12th, 2020|