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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 and patriotism.

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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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