Foreign ambassadors urged to spur development
30 October 2014, 09:30
Nairobi -President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged
the newly-appointed ambassadors to pursue the country's foreign policy
of promoting external trade to help attract investors.
Kenyatta also called on the envoys who have finished training and are
set to start their tour of duty in their respective foreign stations to
advance the government's transformational agenda and country's
interests throughout their service.
"I want you to be as convinced as I am that the Kenyan story is the
most important story for all of us. Let the world know about our
transformative agenda, Pan-African commitment and global citizenship,"
he said in a statement issued after the meeting in Nairobi.
He told the ambassadors to put their country first in whatever they
do and whoever they interact with, adding that they should not practice
the diplomacy of subservience.
Kenyatta challenged the new envoys to be public servants of integrity
and attract investors to Kenya by evincing their commitment, engagement
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"Do not turn away investors by suggesting that corruption is a way of
life. Comport yourselves in exemplary fashion. Do nothing suspicious.
Our interests and properties abroad must be safe, including embassy
assets," he said.
Kenyatta's remarks come as the East African nation plans to focus on
external trade policy to increase competitiveness of exports so as to
facilitate economic development.
The external trade sector is critical to the growth of the Kenyan
economy as it is not only the major foreign exchange earner, but also
provides the vital link to the world economy.
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