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Cabinet approves embassies in Angola, Cuba

16 January 2015, 11:37 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Kenya will open embassies in Angola and Kenya to boost trade and bilateral relations.

The cabinet approved the proposals Thursday in what was the first meeting of the year 2015. The opening of the two embassies will improve trade and other relations between Kenya and the two countries.

Through the Joint Commission, Cuba has expressed her willingness to collaborate with Kenya in various sectors including education, health, biotechnology, trade and industry, sports, sugar processing, culture, information and communication. Cabinet directed that Kenya establishes an Embassy in Havana.

Cuba opened a resident embassy in Kenya in 2001.

Cabinet noted that the opening of an Embassy in Luanda will solidify Kenya’s presence in the Southern Africa Region.  The Mission will serve the interests of Kenyans who are working, studying and transiting through Angola, to other African countries, in particular, through the provision of consular services. Cabinet therefore directed that Kenya establishes an Embassy in Luanda.

Cabinet was also briefed on the Government’s deployment of health workers to participate in Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak control and response in West Africa.

The decision to deploy followed the Emergency Executive Council meeting of the AU on Ebola held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on September 8th 2014 in which Kenya pledged a financial contribution of USD 1,000,000 to assist Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea fight the EVD outbreak.

Also, at the 10th ordinary meeting of the East African Community Sectoral Council of Ministers for Health held on October 16th 2014, at the East African Community (EAC) Headquarters, Arusha, partner states committed to contribute a team of medical experts, health workers and funds to support EVD containment in West Africa. In this regard, the Republic of Kenya committed to contribute a team of 15 medical doctors and 300 other health workers (medical epidemiologists, clinical officers, nurses and laboratory technologists).

This commitment was made in the spirit of African solidarity and as part of the Kenya’s international obligations.

Further, Cabinet noted the Status of Aflatoxin Management in the Country and the measures that have been taken to address the challenge.

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