United States Announces New Kenyan Pension Consortium to Mobilize Investment in Large Scale Infrastructure Projects

  NAIROBI, Kenya, October 21, 2020 – Today, U.S. Ambassador Kyle McCarter, together with representatives from the World Bank and American advisory firm MiDA Advisors, launched the Kenya Pension Fund Investment Consortium (KEPFIC).  KEPFIC will enable pension schemes to jointly make sustainable long-term infrastructure and alternative asset investments in the region. The consortium, supported by ... Read More»

READOUT OF USAID ACTING ADMINISTRATOR JOHN BARSA’S TRAVEL TO THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA

READOUT OF USAID ACTING ADMINISTRATOR JOHN BARSA’S TRAVEL TO THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA Readout For Immediate Release Tuesday, October 6, 2020 Office of Press Relations Email: press@usaid.gov The following is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator John Barsa traveled to the Republic of Kenya October 3-6, 2020, ... Read More»

The United States Provides 200 Ventilators to Kenya to Respond to COVID-19

The United States Provides 200 Ventilators to Kenya to Respond to COVID-19 Nairobi, Kenya, October 5, 2020 – The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is donating 200 brand-new, state-of-the-art ventilators to Kenya to assist its fight against COVID-19. The donation delivers on President Trump’s generous offer of these critically ... Read More»

White House Initiative Invests in Kenyan Women

White House Initiative Invests in Kenyan Women Nairobi, Kenya, October 5, 2020 – Today, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter and Acting Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) John Barsa highlighted three recently announced activities under the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative that partner with the private sector and invest in Kenyan women entrepreneurs and ... Read More»

UNITED STATES DONATES Sh759 MILLION TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN MARA, NORTHERN, AND COASTAL KENYA 

UNITED STATES DONATES Sh759 MILLION TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN  MARA, NORTHERN, AND COASTAL KENYA TO RECOVER FROM ECONOMIC LOSSES DUE TO COVID-19 Nairobi, Kenya, October 5, 2020 – On October 4, the United States through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new Sh759 million ($7 million) 3-year Local Works program in the Mara ... Read More»

COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information Last updated: 10/13/2020 Country-Specific Information: As of October 10, 2020 there are 41,158 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout Kenya, with 30,937 recovered patients and 760 related deaths. On the 28th of September, the Government of Kenya directed that large gatherings, meetings, conferences and political events over 15 people remain suspended. The closing time ... Read More»

United States Donates Ksh 63 million of PPE and ICT Equipment to Ministry of Interior

  United States Donates Ksh 63 million of PPE and ICT Equipment to Ministry of Interior   Nairobi, Kenya – The United States donated Ksh 63 million of personal protective equipment (PPE) and information and communications technology (ICT) equipment to Ministry of Interior departments.  The donations, funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), will support the National Police Service, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority, ... Read More»

REQUEST FOR QUOTATION NUMBER PR9272468 – FY20 GSO-WAREHOUSE PROTECTIVE (PANTS,SHIRTS,SOCKS)

PR9272468 (PDF 1 MB) 52.204-24 Representation Regarding Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment See clause on National Defense 52.204-24 Representation Regarding Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment See clause on National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in full text attached. 52.204-25 Prohibition on Contracting for Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment. ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert: Reconsider travel to Kenya due to COVID-19.

Reconsider travel to Kenya due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Kenya due to crime, terrorism, health issues, and kidnapping. Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Read  the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Kenya due to COVID-19. Kenya has lifted stay at home orders, and ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert: Revised Entry Requirements for Arriving Passengers

Health and Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens July 31, 2020 Revised Entry Requirements for Arriving Passengers Location:  Kenya  Event:  This afternoon the Kenyan Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works revised yesterday’s announcement regarding the resumption of international air travel as of August 1st.  According to this directive, the United States is one ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert: The Government of Kenya lifts the suspension of international flights entering and departing the country on August 1st.

July 30 Update  Health and Travel Alert: U.S. Embassy Nairobi July 30, 2020  Location:  Kenya  Event:  The Government of Kenya lifts the suspension of international flights entering and departing the country on August 1st.  Passengers entering Kenya are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result.  The test result is valid for entry if produced no more than seven days before ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert: Ethiopian Airlines Charter Flight Departing July 21

Location:  Kenya Event:  Ethiopian Airlines will operate a commercial charter flight departing Nairobi (NBO) on Tuesday, July 21st. The flight will route through Addis Ababa to multiple U.S. destinations.  Tickets for the flight may be purchased online on a first-come, first-serve basis using this link:  https://www.ethiopianairlines.com/aa/special-offer?key=American-Repatriation-Flight-Second Passengers must read the terms and conditions before booking. Select ‘One Way’. ... Read More»

Joint Statement Between the United States and Kenya on the Launch of Negotiations Towards a Free Trade Agreement

Office of the United States Trade Representative FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   July 8, 2020     Contact: USTR Public & Media Affairs media@ustr.eop.gov                          Joint Statement Between the United States and Kenya on the Launch of Negotiations Towards a Free Trade Agreement Today, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Kenya Cabinet ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert: Government of Kenya Revises Movement and Flight Restrictions

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Health and Safety Alert for U.S. Citizens July 6, 2020 Government of Kenya Revises Movement and Flight Restrictions Location:  Kenya  Event: President Uhuru Kenyatta announced today that the cessation of movement order that barred entry into and out of Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera counties will lapse on Tuesday, July 7th at 04:00.  Any ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens

Health and Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens July 6, 2020 KLM Charter Fight Available on July 9 Location:  Kenya Event: The Kingdom of the Netherlands acquired approval for a KLM charter flight departing Nairobi JKIA on Thursday, July 9th at 20.30 and arriving in Amsterdam at 03.55 on July 10th.  U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPR) with ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: July 4th Voting Message

Message for U.S. Citizens July 1, 2020 July 4th Voting Message  Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2020 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2020 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2020.  Whether you are a first-time voter ... Read More»

United States Donates Ksh 7.9 Million of Personal Protective and Hospital Equipment to Five Hospitals Across Kenya

  United States Donates Ksh 7.9 Million of Personal Protective and Hospital Equipment to Five Hospitals Across Kenya  Nairobi, Kenya, July 2 – The United States is donating personal protective and hospital equipment valued at Ksh 7.9 Million to five hospitals in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Siaya, and Nakuru in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each ... Read More»

United States Providing KSH 5 Billion to Support Health and Economy Recovery in Kenya’s COVID-19 Response

  United States Providing KSH 5 Billion to Support Health and Economy Recovery in Kenya’s COVID-19 Response  Nairobi, Kenya. July 1, 2020 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $50 million to support Kenya’s response and recovery efforts to meet the immediate and longer-term challenges that COVID-19 is posing. “The American people have ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Kyle McCarter Presents the Parliamentary Committee on Administration and National Security with Over 100,000 USA Marafiki Facemasks

U.S. Ambassador Kyle McCarter presents Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Administration and National Security, The Honorable Paul Koinange, with over 100,000 USA Marafiki facemasks for distribution to police and Kenyan citizens. Made in Kenya by Kenyans and paid for by the United States Africa Command, (U.S. AFRICOM), USA Marafiki facemasks are washable and biodegradable.  ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert: Ethiopian Airlines Charter Flight Available on June 25

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Health and Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens June 16, 2020 Ethiopian Airlines Charter Flight Available on June 25  Location:  Kenya Event:  Ethiopian Airlines will operate a commercial charter flight departing Nairobi (NBO) on Thursday, June 25. The flight will route through Addis Ababa to multiple U.S. destinations.  Tickets for the flight may be purchased online ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert: Qatar Airways Offers Flight Departing Nairobi on Thursday, June 18

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Health and Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens June 15, 2020 Qatar Airways Offers Flight Departing Nairobi on Thursday, June 18 Location:  Kenya  Event:  Qatar Airways has offered seats to U.S. citizens and nationals on a chartered flight departing Nairobi for Doha on June 18th, 2020.  Onward flights are available to Chicago (ORD), New York (JFK) ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert: Ethiopian Airlines Flight Available Monday, June 15

Location:  Kenya Event:  The Ethiopian Embassy has offered seats to U.S. citizens on a chartered flight with Ethiopian Airlines on June 15th, 2020.  The fare will be approximately USD800 from Nairobi (NBO) to Addis Ababa (ADD).  Onward flights are available from Addis Ababa to Washington Dulles (IAD).  Tickets can be purchased online on a first-come, first-serve ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Instructions for Registering and Voting Overseas

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Message for U.S. Citizens June 5, 2020 Instructions for Registering and Voting Overseas Location:  Kenya Event: Registering to vote and submitting a ballot is fast, easy and can be done from anywhere in the world! Start by confirming your voter registration with your state.  Some states require absentee voters to register annually so ... Read More»

United States Donates Facemasks to Protect Kenyan Journalists on Frontlines of COVID-19 Reporting

    Nairobi, Kenya, June 2, 2020. U.S. Embassy Nairobi today donated 1,000 facemasks to Kenyan journalists and media houses as part of ongoing measures to combat the spread of coronavirus. The U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter presented the donations to officials from the Kenya Editors’ Guild (KEG), the Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ), ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert: Government of Kenya Announces Changes to Curfew, Travel Restrictions

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Health and Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens June 8, 2020 Government of Kenya Announces Changes to Curfew, Travel Restrictions Location:  Kenya Event:  On June 6, the Government of Kenya (GoK) announced that movement restrictions in and out of Nairobi’s Eastleigh neighborhood, Mombasa’s Old Town neighborhood, and the counties of Kilifi and Kwale lapse as of June 7. ... Read More»

United States Donates 10 Vehicles to DCI and EACC for Investigations

 Nairobi, Kenya, May 29, 2020 – U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter delivered 10 Toyota Hilux pickup trucks to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) for use by their investigators to combat corruption and drug trafficking. The donation was made by the United States Department of Defense US Africa ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert: Kenya Airways Flight to London Available June 4

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Health and Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens May 26, 2020 Kenya Airways Flight to London Available June 4 Location:  Kenya  Event:  Kenya Airways have confirmed that, subject to sufficient demand, they will operate a specially arranged direct flight from Nairobi to London on Thursday, June 4.  The flight will depart from Nairobi at 9:20AM for London ... Read More»

United States Donates Facemasks to the Kenyan Border Police Unit

   United States Donates Facemasks to the Kenyan Border Police Unit  Nairobi, Kenya, May 22, 2020 – On May 22, the U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, Kyle McCarter donated 40,000 facemasks to the Border Police Unit (BPU) to help the BPU maintain a healthy and effective force during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The size of the donation, ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert: Ethiopian Airlines Flight to Addis Ababa Still Available May 20

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Health and Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens May 18, 2020  Ethiopian Airlines Flight to Addis Ababa Still Available May 20  Location:  Kenya  Event:  Seats are still available on the Ethiopian Airlines flight to Addis Ababa on May 20, 2020.  For those interested in purchasing tickets, bookings can be made directly with Ethiopian Airlines using the ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert: Government of Kenya Extends Movement Restrictions

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Health and Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens June 8, 2020  Government of Kenya Extends Movement Restrictions    Location:  Kenya Event:  On June 6, the Government of Kenya (GoK) announced that movement restrictions in and out of Nairobi’s Eastleigh neighborhood, Mombasa’s Old Town neighborhood, and the counties of Kilifi and Kwale lapse as of June 7. However, ... Read More»

United States Donates Border Security Training Materials to Kenya Revenue Authority

    United States Donates Border Security Training Materials to Kenya Revenue Authority  Nairobi, Kenya, May 15, 2020 – U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter on May 15 made a donation of advanced Strategic Trade Control training materials to the Kenya Revenue Authority’s Kenya School of Revenue Administration (KESRA) as part of a longstanding partnership ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert – Seats Still Available to Addis Ababa on Embassy of Korea Charter 

Location:  Kenya Event:  The Embassy of the Republic of Korea has offered seats to U.S. citizens on a chartered flight with Ethiopian Airlines on May 20th, 2020. The fare will be approximately USD590 from Nairobi to Addis Ababa, if the flight sells out.  The travel agent advises that the final pricing will be dependent on the number ... Read More»

Alert: Disruptions to Power and Water Utilities

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Alert for U.S. Citizens May 9, 2020 Disruptions to Power and Water Utilities   Location: Kenya  Event: Kenya Power and Nairobi City Water have reported disruptions to utility services.   Kenya Power reports that the national grid was affected by a disturbance to their transmission network.  They are addressing the issue and working to restore the normal ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert: Restricted Movement Directive for Eastleigh, Nairobi and Old Town, Mombasa 

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Health and Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens May 06, 2020 Restricted Movement Directive for Eastleigh, Nairobi and Old Town, Mombasa  Location:  Kenya Event:  On May 6, 2020 the Government of Kenya announced the cessation of movement into and out of the Eastleigh neighborhood in Nairobi and Old Town in Mombasa starting May 6th at 7 pm ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert: Seats Available on May 8th Flight

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Health and Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens April 30, 2020 Seats Available on May 8th Flight Location: Kenya Event: Satguru Travel will operate a charter flight through Ethiopian Airlines from Nairobi to Addis Ababa.  The flight is scheduled for Friday, May 8, 2020 at 1710, arriving in Addis Ababa at 1930.  Seats cost USD949.  For bookings, please contact Satguru Travel ... Read More»

U.S. Government to Provide Additional 705 million KES to Kenya’s COVID-19 Response

U.S. Government to Provide Additional 705 million KES to Kenya’s COVID-19 Response Nairobi, Kenya, April 28, 2020 – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has committed $6.6 million (705 million KES) for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) activities in Kenya to support prevention, preparedness and response. These additional resources will be used for surveillance, laboratory supplies ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Nairobi Security Alert

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Message for U.S. Citizens April 24, 2020  Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Nairobi   Location:  Kenya Event:  Terrorist groups have a history of carrying out attacks in Kenya during Ramadan. U.S. citizens are reminded of the need for heightened awareness and caution during this time of increased personal safety and security concerns. Actions to Take: ·      Be ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert: Seats Available on Kenya Airways Flight to London

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Health and Travel Alert for for U.S. Citizens April 21, 2020 Seats Available on Kenya Airways Flight to London Location:  Kenya  Event: The British High Commission has organized a charter flight with Kenyan Airways from Nairobi to London Heathrow this Friday, April 24, subject to demand. There will also be a connecting flight from Mombasa to ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert: Seats Available on EU Charter Flight to Frankfurt

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Health and Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens April 20, 2020 Seats Available on EU Charter Flight to Frankfurt Location: Kenya Event: The European Union has organized a charter flight with Ethiopian Airlines from Nairobi to Frankfurt this Thursday, April 23 at 13:10, arriving in Frankfurt at 20:25.  Non-EU/Schengen citizens need an onward ticket out of ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert: Ethiopian Airlines Flight Available

Health and Travel Alert: Ethiopian Airlines Flight Available Location:  Kenya  Event: Ethiopian Airlines will operate a commercial flight from Nairobi (JKIA) to Dulles, Virginia (IAD) on Wednesday, April 22. Tickets for this flight can be purchased online on a first-come, first-serve basis at  https://www.ethiopianairlines.com/aa/special-offer?key=US-Embassy-Evacuation-Charter  All passengers shall first read the terms and conditions before proceeding to making ... Read More»

U.S. Government Provides an Additional $500,000 for Training Health Workers

U.S. Government Provides an Additional $500,000 for Training Health Workers to Support Kenya’s Efforts to Combat COVID-19   Nairobi, Kenya. Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – The U.S. Government announced today that it will support the Government of Kenya’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through an additional $500,000 investment. The U.S. Agency for International Development ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert: Embassy of Japan Offers Seats on Chartered Flight

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Health and Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens April 15, 2020 Embassy of Japan Offers Seats on Chartered Flight  Location:  Kenya  Event:  The Embassy of Japan has organized an Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET8672 from Nairobi to Addis Ababa on Saturday, April 18.  The chartered aircraft still has some seats available for use by any passengers ... Read More»

Health Alert: Routine consular services are suspended

April 3 Update Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Nairobi April 3, 2020 Location: Kenya Event:  Routine consular services are suspended. To submit a request for an emergency service and/or renew a U.S. passport that expires before May 1st, 2020 please email  Kenya_acs@state.gov . The Department of State is currently not organizing an evacuation of American citizens from Kenya. However, in the event that ... Read More»

Health and Safety Alert: Remain Vigilant for COVID-19 Related Scams

Location:  Kenya  Event:  The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns individuals to remain vigilant for scams related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).  Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes.  Exercise caution ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens: Lufthansa Flight Available April 3 from Mombasa to Frankfurt

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Health and Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens April 01, 2020 Lufthansa Flight Available April 3 from Mombasa to Frankfurt Location:  Kenya Event:  The German Mission to Kenya has informed us that it has organized a Lufthansa flight from Mombasa to Frankfurt on Friday, April 3, exact time TBD to evacuate German tourists from the coast, and ... Read More»

Health and Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens: British Airways Flights Still Available

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Health and Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens March 26, 2020 British Airways Flights Still Available Alert:  U.S. Embassy Nairobi Event:  The U.S. Embassy has learned that British Airways is operating two commercial flights from Nairobi to London on Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29. Tickets for these flights can be purchased online at  britishairways.com ... Read More»

Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens: Kenya Airways Seats Available for 2100 Flight Departure Tonight

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens March 25, 2020 Kenya Airways Seats Available for 2100 Flight Departure Tonight Location: Kenya Event: Kenyan Airways has indicated it will offer a flight for U.S. citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents departing JKIA on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at 2100 hours, provided it can sell all the seats on ... Read More»

Health Alert for U.S. citizens: Government of Kenya Announces Suspension of International Flights

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Message for U.S. Citizens March 22, 2020 Government of Kenya Announces Suspension of International Flights The Government of Kenya announced this evening that it will be suspending all international flights in and out of Kenya effective midnight on Wednesday, March 25th. Cargo planes will not be affected.  Those coming into the country between now and ... Read More»

Health Alert for U.S. Citizens: Kenya Ministry of Health announces three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nairobi.

Health Alert for U.S. Citizens March 16, 2020 Location:  Kenya Event:  The government of Kenya has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. On March 15, the Kenya Ministry of Health announced three confirmed cases ... Read More»

Health Alert: Kenyan Ministry of Health announced one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Nairobi.

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya March 13, 2020 Location:  Kenya Event: On March 13, the Kenyan Ministry of Health announced one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Nairobi. The  Kenyan Ministry of Health  has suspended all public gatherings, meetings and events.  All routine consular appointments at the U.S. Embassy from March 16 to March 27 are canceled.  In the case of ... Read More»

USAID Announces an Additional $10 Million in Humanitarian Assistance to Control Locusts in East Africa

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Office of Press Relations For Immediate Release March 6, 2020 USAID Announces an Additional $10 Million in Humanitarian Assistance to Control Locusts in East Africa The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $10 million in humanitarian assistance to support regional operations ... Read More»

Security Alert–U.S. Embassy Nairobi

Location: Nairobi Event:  Terrorist groups may be plotting an attack against a major hotel in Nairobi.  The exact hotel has not been identified, but it is believed to be a hotel popular with tourists and business travelers. Actions to Take: Exercise increased vigilance when visiting or staying at hotels in the Nairobi area. If staying ... Read More»

United States Government to reduce malnutrition in Northern Kenya

  Nairobi, Kenya. February 26, 2020 – The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Office of Food for Peace (FFP), are launching a new program to reduce persistent acute malnutrition rates in northern Kenya. Acute malnutrition rates in northern Kenya are currently at or above emergency levels and the ... Read More»

United States and Kenya Partner on The Establishment of a National Public Health Institute

   Nairobi, Kenya, February 21, 2020 – The United States Government through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) supported a stakeholder’s workshop to advance the establishment of a National Public Health Institute (NPHI) in Kenya. This meeting reflects the shared vision of a ... Read More»

Intellectual property crimes hurt us all – Op-Ed by Ambassador Kyle McCarter

President Abraham Lincoln famously said that the U.S. patent system adds “the fuel of interest to the fire of genius.” Intellectual property (IP) rights assure inventors, industrial designers, and creative artists that their ideas will be protected. They can receive payment for the use of their creations and continue to invest in future innovations. Because ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Kyle McCarter KENPHIA Preliminary Results Launch Celebration

Ambassador McCarter’s Remarks as prepared for KENPHIA Preliminary Results Launch Celebration  Afya House, Nairobi  February 20, 2020 It’s my pleasure to join you for the release of the preliminary results from Kenya Population-based HIV Impact Assessment or KENPHIA.  It’s an exciting moment in the U.S.-Kenya partnership and this report is one of the many, many ... Read More»

United States and Kisii County Sign Memorandum of Understanding

KISII, Kenya, February 19, 2020 – The U.S. Government, through USAID, and the County of Kisii signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that signifies a joint commitment to Kenyan-led development in Kisii County. The MOU reflects their shared vision for ugatuzi or devolution in the county that meets the needs of its residents. To support Kisii County ... Read More»

The Department of State and FBI Partner with Kenya to Launch First Overseas Joint Terrorism Task Force

The Department of State and Federal Bureau of Investigation have partnered together to assist Kenya in creating the first Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) to be located outside of the United States. This Kenyan-led JTTF will be a multi-agency counterterrorism investigative force in Nairobi, Kenya. The initiative to establish a Kenyan Joint Terrorism Task Force ... Read More»

Urgent information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus

Any individuals with pending consular appointments who (1) were physically present within the People’s Republic of China, excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, within the last 14 days, (2) are experiencing flu-like symptoms, or (3) believe they have may have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, are strongly encouraged to postpone ... Read More»

President Trump Announces Intent to Negotiate Trade Agreement with Kenya

  President Trump Announces Intent to Negotiate Trade Agreement with Kenya FEBRUARY 6, 2020 Washington, DC—President Donald J. Trump today announced the United States intends to initiate trade agreement negotiations with the Republic of Kenya following a meeting at the White House with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. “Kenya is a recognized leader across the continent, ... Read More»

The United States and Kenya Add All-Cargo Rights to Air Transport Agreement

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson ______________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release  February 5, 2020   MEDIA NOTE   The United States and Kenya Add All-Cargo Rights to Air Transport Agreement Today, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Manisha Singh and Kenyan Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public ... Read More»

United States and Nakuru County Sign Memorandum of Understanding

NAKURU, Kenya, February 5, 2020 – The U.S. Government, through USAID, and the County of Nakuru signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that signifies a joint commitment to Kenyan-led development in Nakuru County. The MOU reflects their shared vision for ugatuzi or devolution in the county that meets the needs of its residents.  To support Nakuru County ... Read More»

United States and Kisumu County Sign Memorandum of Understanding

KISUMU, Kenya, February 5, 2020 –The U.S. Government, through USAID, and the County of Kisumu signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on February 4th that signifies a joint commitment to Kenyan-led development in Kisumu County. The MOU reflects their shared vision for ugatuzi or devolution in the county that meets the needs of its residents. To support ... Read More»

United States and Kakamega County Sign Memorandum of Understanding

  KAKAMEGA, Kenya, February 3, 2020 – The U.S. Government, through United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the County of Kakamega signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that signifies a joint commitment to Kenyan-led development in Kakamega County.  The MOU reflects their shared vision for ugatuzi or devolution in the county that meets the needs ... Read More»

United States and Isiolo County Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Isiolo, Kenya, January 29, 2020 – The U.S. Government, through USAID, and the County of Isiolo signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that signifies a joint commitment to Kenyan-led development in Isiolo County.  The MOU reflects their shared vision for ugatuzi or devolution in the county that meets the needs of its residents. “The United States Government ... Read More»

United States Announces Sale of Helicopters to Kenya

United States Announces Sale of Helicopters to Kenya Nairobi, Kenya, January 23, 2020 – The United States Embassy in Nairobi announces the sale of six MD-530F helicopters to the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) made possible through the United States Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Program. U.S. Army Major General Michael D. Turello, commanding general of Combined ... Read More»

United States and Makueni County Sign Memorandum of Understanding

United States and Makueni County Sign Memorandum of Understanding Makueni, Kenya. January 23, 2020 – The U.S. Government, through USAID, and the County of Makueni signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that signifies a joint commitment to Kenyan-led development in Makueni County. The MOU reflects their shared vision for ugatuzi or devolution in the county ... Read More»

Statement on the Anniversary of Dusit Attack

January 15, 2020 The United States remembers and commemorates with all Kenyans the 21 lives lost and those injured one year ago in the horrific terrorist attack on the Dusit2D Hotel complex in Nairobi. We again commend the speed and courage of the response by the Kenyan security services who rescued hundreds of innocent civilians ... Read More»

Julia Taft Fund for Refugees

Julia Taft Fund for Refugees FY 2020 The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, under the auspices of the Office of the Regional Refugee Coordinator and the Community Grants Program Office, is pleased to announce the availability of a funding opportunity through the 2020 Julia Taft Fund for Refugees.  What is the Julia Taft Fund for Refugees? ... Read More»

Security Alert: Heightened Middle East Tensions

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Security Alert for U.S. Citizens January 7, 2020 Heightened Middle East Tensions   Location: Kenya Event: Heightened Middle East Tensions There is heightened tension in the Middle East that may result in security risks to U.S. citizens abroad. The Embassy will continue to review the security situation and will provide additional information as ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy to Nairobi, Kenya Security Alert

This message is being re-sent in its entirety to include “Actions to Take” and the correct title.  There is an increased risk of terrorism and criminal activity during the holidays in Kenya.  There is also a heightened risk of armed robbery, assault, and kidnapping.  Travelers to Kenya are sometimes perceived to have gifts or large amounts of cash.  Threats ... Read More»

Kenya Initials New Open Skies Civil Aviation Partnership with the United States

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Strike Alert: JKIA Resumes Normal Operations

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Strike Alert: JKIA Strike Impacting Aviation Travel

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SECURITY ALERT FOR U.S. CITIZENS

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OP-ED: Kwaheri ya kuonana

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SECURITY ALERT FOR U.S. CITIZENS

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Nairobi

Location: Kenya, countrywide Event: The U.S. Embassy reminds the public of the continued need for sustained vigilance in public spaces such as shopping malls, hotels, and places of worship. Actions to Take: Be aware of your surroundings Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible Review your personal ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Nairobi

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Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec on the DusitD2 Hotel terrorist attack

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SECURITY ALERT UPDATE: 14 Riverside Drive Attack including Dusit

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SECURITY ALERT: 14 Riverside Drive Attack including Dusit

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SECURITY ALERT: Dusit Attack

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Security Alert: Indirect Fire Attack on Mogadishu International Airport (January 2, 2019)

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United States Gives DCI two vehicles for fight against drug trafficking

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Violent Clashes in Baidoa and South West State

Location:  Baidoa in South West State and surrounding areas, Somalia Event: The December 13 arrest of former al-Shabaab Commander and Spokesperson Mukhtar Robow has prompted violent clashes in the capital city of Baidoa in South West State. There is potential for violent protests over the coming days in Baidoa and surrounding areas.  Citizens are advised to ... Read More»

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kirsten Madison Opening Remarks for the ISSUP Conference

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05 December 2018 NAIROBI – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is contributing US$14.3 million (1.4 billion Kenyan shillings) to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to provide food assistance to more than 400,000 refugees living in northern Kenya. With this contribution, WFP will provide direct cash transfers to refugees in Dadaab ... Read More»

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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO – The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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United States Gives KDF New Armored Personnel Carriers for Border Surveillance

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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks for KQ Direct Flight to New York City Launch Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

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Distinguished Guests, Ladies & Gentlemen, Hamjambo! Habari zenu? Good morning.  It’s a great pleasure to be with you today to help launch the National Dialogue Conference.  Leaders from the religious and business communities, from civil society and from government – including many of you here — have been at the forefront of promoting an inclusive, ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at Inaugural ASAL Conference

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Ambassador Godec Op-Ed on President Kenyatta’s Visit to Washington, D.C.

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens – U. S. Embassy Nairobi (August 21, 2018)

Demonstration Alert: Possible Protest Activity on Wednesday, August 22 Location:  Nairobi and Countrywide Event:  Media reports indicate the possibility of protests scheduled for Wednesday, August 22. Possible protest areas include Nairobi’s Central Business District, Riverside Drive, and other possible areas, including outside Nairobi. Please plan your activities accordingly. Actions to take: Monitor local media for updates Exercise caution if ... Read More»

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Op-Ed by Ambassador Godec on the 20th Commemoration of the August 7th U.S. Embassy Bombings

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Do not travel to Somalia due to crime, terrorism, and piracy. Violent crime, such as kidnapping and murder, is common throughout Somalia, including in Puntland and Somaliland.  Illegal roadblocks are also widespread. Terrorists continue to plot kidnappings, bombings, and other attacks in Somalia.  They may conduct attacks with little or no warning, targeting airports and ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec’s July 4th Op-Ed

On July 4th, the United States celebrates the visionary courage of its Founders who rejected tyranny and declared the 13 colonies they represented to be free.  We honor their Declaration of Independence and its affirmation that we are all created equal with certain unalienable rights including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.   Our ... Read More»

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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at the American Chamber of Commerce Big Four Summit June 28, 2018

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at the American Chamber of Commerce Big Four Summit June 28, 2018   Your Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta; Cabinet Secretaries present; U.S. Commerce Undersecretary Gil Kaplan, and your strong U.S. delegation; AmCham President and members present; Distinguished guests; Ladies and gentlemen; Hamjambo!   I am very pleased to be with you today ... Read More»

U.S. Private Sector and Government Delegation Signs Deals Totaling 10 Billion Kenyan Shillings at American Chamber of Commerce Big Four Summit

U.S. Private Sector and Government Delegation Signs Deals Totaling 10 Billion Kenyan Shillings at American Chamber of Commerce Big Four Summit   Nairobi, June 28 – In a visible expression of support for President Kenyatta’s Big Four initiative, the U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Gil Kaplan led a delegation of 60 U.S. business executives ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Nairobi (June 14, 2018)

Location: Kenya, countrywide Event: With the Eid al-Fitr holiday this weekend, the U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the importance of exercising caution.  Take appropriate steps to enhance your personal safety and maintain a heightened sense of security awareness, especially at large gatherings and soft targets such as shopping malls and hotels.  Actions to Take: ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at the Launch of the National Strategies for Tourism and Wildlife

Deputy President William Ruto; Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, Honorable Najib Balala; Tourism and Wildlife Sector Partners; Ladies and Gentlemen; Mabibi na mabwana; Hamjambo! Habari za jioni? I am delighted to be here with you today at the launch of Kenya’s national strategies for tourism and wildlife.  Tonight’s focus on both tourism and wildlife ... Read More»

Ambassador Robert F. Godec’s Remarks during the first ever TEDX Event at Kakuma

Governor of Turkana County Josphat Nanok; UNHCR Country Representative Raouf Mazou; My friend, Octopizzo; Tegla Loroupe; Colleagues in the Diplomatic Community; And, of course, to you – the refugees of Kakuma – who are the reason we are here today. Good Afternoon! Hamjambo! I am grateful for the opportunity to be here in Kakuma with ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at Launch of the KENPHIA

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at Launch of the Kenya Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (KENPHIA) June 05, 2018 Chief Administrative Secretary for the Ministry of Health, Dr. Rashid Aman; other distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen; mabibi na mabwana; Hamjambo!  Good morning.  Habari zenu? Thank you so much for the invitation to join you here on this important ... Read More»

Joint Statement by the Heads of Mission in Kenya on Corruption

Joint Statement by the Heads of Mission in Kenya On Corruption May 30, 2018 Corruption has long undermined Kenya’s prosperity, security, and democracy.  It is, quite simply, theft from the Kenyan people.  As friends, we welcome the recent action by the Director of Public Prosecutions, working with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, to charge officials ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at American Chamber of Commerce Doing Business with the USA Forum

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at American Chamber of Commerce Doing Business with the USA Forum May 30, 2018 Thank you AmCham CEO Maxwell Okello.  I am very pleased to welcome you today to the American Chamber of Commerce in Kenya’s first-ever “Doing Business with the USA Forum.”  This is a wonderful initiative – providing local and ... Read More»

Ambassador Robert F. Godec Breaks Ground on New U.S. Embassy Annex in Nairobi

For Editors and Correspondents:   Ambassador Robert F. Godec Breaks Ground on New U.S. Embassy Annex in Nairobi   NAIROBI, Kenya (May 17, 2018) — In a demonstration of enduring friendship and the important bilateral partnership, U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec broke ground today on the new U.S. Embassy Annex in Nairobi.   The new ... Read More»

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Nairobi: May 12, 2018

Location:  Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya Event:  The Kenya Ministry of Health announced that as a public health precaution, following a reported outbreak of Ebola Virus in a remote northwestern province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Kenyan authorities are conducting routine screenings of all travelers arriving from the DRC at points of ... Read More»

Ambassador Robert F. Godec’s Remarks at 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow Pre-Departure Reception

Ambassador Robert F. Godec’s Remarks at 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow Pre-Departure Reception May 9, 2018   Distinguished guests; graduates; ladies and gentlemen; mabibi na mabwana.  Hamjambo!  Habari zenu? Mambo? Thank you for joining us here tonight to celebrate the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellows who are preparing to depart for a life-changing experience in the United ... Read More»

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Nairobi (May 4, 2018)

Upcoming Relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel Location: Kenya, countrywide Event:  Extremists may use the upcoming relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to target U.S. citizens. Terrorists may employ a variety of tactics. They may target schools, hospitals, churches, tourist locations, transportation hubs, and other public venues. Actions to take: Keep a low ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec asks security forces to safeguard rights of citizens as he launches a Sh650 million public complaint platform funded by the U.S.

Ambassador Godec asks security forces to safeguard rights of citizens as he launches a Sh650 million public complaint platform funded by the U.S. Nairobi, April 30, 2018 – U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec has urged security forces to safeguard the rights of citizens and protect life by showing maximum restraint in interactions with the public. “Human rights ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Launches KES 11.5 Billion Partnership with Kenya to Reduce Poverty and Malnutrition through Agriculture-led Growth

NAIROBI, April 27, 2018 – U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec officially launched the planned 11.5 Billion KES ($115 million) Feed the Future Kenya Country Plan under the U.S. Global Food Security Strategy. The launch took place at the Accelerating Value Chain Development (AVCD) National Conference that was also attended by the President of Kenya, His ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at SIMElab Launch

Ambassador Godec’s Participation in SIMElab Launch  April 5, 2018, SIMElab, U.S. International University (USIU) Remarks Distinguished guests; Ladies and gentlemen; Hamjambo! Habari zenu? I am happy to celebrate with you today the historic launch of Social Media Lab – or “SIMElab” – Africa.  SIMElab is the first academic institution designed specifically to study social media ... Read More»

Statement from Ambassador Robert F. Godec

Statement from Ambassador Robert F. Godec March 29, 2018   One of the great privileges of my life has been to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Kenya and to help deepen the special partnership between the United States and Kenya.  After more than five years in the position, I welcome President Donald J. Trump’s ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks for World TB Day 2018

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks for World TB Day 2018 “Partnering to Reach, Cure and Prevent TB” Mathare Youth Sports Stadium, Nairobi March 24, 2018 Cabinet Secretary for Health Sicily Kariuki; Other distinguished guests; Ladies and gentlemen, Hamjambo! Habari zenu! We are here today to focus on tuberculosis, or TB, the world’s leading infectious disease killer.  TB ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec and U.S. Embassy Counter Fake News with Media Literacy Campaign

NAIROBI, Kenya (March 14, 2018) – Today, Ambassador Robert F. Godec launched a year-long media literacy campaign #StopReflectVerify #YALIChecks with an email to 47,000 members of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network asking them to take a pledge to stop, reflect and verify before forwarding what could be fake news. Simultaneously, the Embassy used ... Read More»

Secretary Tillerson’s Remarks at a Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the August 7th Memorial Park

  Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Nairobi, Kenya March 11, 2018 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Please, take a seat. Well, good afternoon and thank you for being here. I just have some very brief remarks.As all of you well know, 1998 terrorists thought they could demoralize and destroy the Kenyan and American people by attacking ... Read More»

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson Press Availability With Kenyan Foreign Minister Monica Juma

    Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Nairobi, Kenya March 9, 2018 FOREIGN MINISTER JUMA: Thank you. Excellency Mr. Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, United States of America, Excellency Ambassador Godec, colleagues from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, members of the Fourth Estate: I am delighted to welcome and host His Excellency Rex Tillerson, ... Read More»

Julia Taft Fund for Refugees: Accepting Applications for FY 2018

US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM) Julia Taft Fund for Refugees FY 2018 The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, under the auspices of the Office of the Regional Refugee Coordinator and the Community Grants Program Office, is pleased to announce the availability of a funding opportunity through the 2018 Julia ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at the Generation Kenya Graduation

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at the Generation Kenya Graduation February 23, 2018, at 9:00 am, KICC   Nairobi County Senator, Johnson Sakaja; Dr. Kipkirui Langat, Director of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority; Kartik Jayram, McKinsey & Company Director for Kenya, and the McKinsey team; Other distinguished guests; Mabibi na Mabwana! Vijana! Hamjambo! Habari ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya (February 16, 2018)

Location: U.S. Embassy Nairobi compound Event: There are reports of a possible large demonstration planned at the U.S. Embassy compound today, Friday, February 16, 2018, at 10:00am. As with any large demonstration, violence and traffic disruptions are possible. Actions to Take: Avoid the area of the demonstration. Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large ... Read More»

Kenya’s Democracy is at a Crossroads

Kenya is special. As diplomats living here, we see and admire daily the determination and creativity of the Kenyan people; the energy and innovation of Kenyan business; and the inspiring democratic journey that Kenya has made since independence. These and Kenya’s many other achievements have made it a hub for the region and indeed for ... Read More»

Recent Events in Kenya

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 1, 2018 The United States is gravely concerned by Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga’s self-“inauguration” on January 30. We reject actions that undermine Kenya’s Constitution and the rule of law. Uhuru Kenyatta was elected as President of the Republic of Kenya on October 26, 2017 in ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Nairobi, Kenya (January 30, 2018)

Location: Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas in Nairobi, Kenya: · Uhuru Park. This venue may change. Event: Demonstrations in response to political developments are possible Tuesday, January 30. As with any large demonstration, violence and traffic disruptions are possible. U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid the ... Read More»

EducationUSA Scholars Program 2018

The EducationUSA office at the United States Embassy – Nairobi, seeks to identify and recruit 40 academically strong Kenyan students who scored A- and above in the 2017 KCSE, to join the EducationUSA Scholars Program (ESP). The candidates must have a minimum of grade A- in both English and Mathematics. Our mission at EducationUSA is ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at Kenya Airways’ Announcement on U.S. Direct Flights

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at Kenya Airways’ Announcement on U.S. Direct Flights January 11, 2018   Cabinet Secretary for Transport James Macharia; Kenya Airways Chairman Michael Joseph; Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz; Distinguished guests; Mabibi na mabwana! Hamjambo! Habari za joini?   Allow me to begin by wishing everyone a very prosperous and happy 2018. As ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Speech at USAID-KAVES Close-out Ceremony

Ambassador’s Speech Kenya Agricultural Value Chain Enterprises Project Close-out Ceremony December 13, 2017   Honorable CS of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries, Willy Bett; Chairperson, Agriculture Committee in the Council of Governors, H.E. Hon. Okoth Obado; Development partners; Ladies and gentlemen;   Mabibi na Mabwana! Hamjambo! Habari Zenu?   I am proud to be standing here, ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Kenyan National Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON Kenyan National Day December 12, 2017 Please accept my best wishes to the people of Kenya as you celebrate the 54th anniversary of the establishment of Kenya as a republic on December 12. Let us continue to work together toward our mutual goals ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto’s visit to Kenya

U.S. Embassy Statement on U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto’s visit to Kenya December 6, 2017 U.S. acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Donald Yamamoto visited Kenya December 4 – 6, and, along with Ambassador Robert F. Godec, met with Kenyan government officials, civil society representatives, and opposition ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens November 24, 2017

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Security Message for U.S. Citizens November 24, 2017 Precautions for swearing-in ceremony President Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn in as President of Kenya for a second term on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.  The ceremony will be held at Kansarani Stadium in Nairobi.  Many thousands are expected to attend, including heads of state.  Restrictions on ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at the 2017 AmCham Thanksgiving Day Gala

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at the 2017 AmCham Thanksgiving Day Gala November 18, 2017 AmCham President Ahmed Radi, AmCham Board of Directors, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen. Mabibi na Mabwana.  Hamjambo!  Habari za joini? Good evening everyone and it is wonderful to be here with you to celebrate a very special American holiday, Thanksgiving.  I’m grateful ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens

Routine Consular Services Resume Full consular services will resume Tuesday, October 31, 2017.  Appointments for consular services will proceed as scheduled.  Emergency consular services for U.S. citizens continue to be available. U.S. citizens are reminded that rallies, demonstrations and protests may continue during this post-election period.   U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor local news for ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Kenya Election Results

The IEBC is expected to announce results of the October 26 Kenyan presidential election soon, and the announcement may be followed by the formation of large crowds throughout the country.  The U.S. Embassy is limiting its operations until further notice, canceling routine consular services, and has dismissed non-essential personnel.  Emergency consular services for U.S. citizens ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned Elections in Western Kenya

United States Embassy Nairobi, Kenya Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Planned Elections in Western Kenya October 27, 2017 Demonstration activity will likely continue today throughout Nairobi and nationwide.  Planned elections in the four western Kenya counties of Migori, Homa Bay, Kisumu and Siaya on Saturday, October 28 may result in additional protests in those counties ... Read More»

 Statement by U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert, 

  U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson   For Immediate Release  Statement by U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert, released on October 25, 2017 The United States urges all Kenyans to remain calm, reject violence, and uphold the principles of their Constitution in the election scheduled for tomorrow. We are deeply concerned ... Read More»

Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya

Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya October 25, 2017 As long-standing partners, our governments have watched the unfolding developments around Kenya’s fresh presidential election with profound sadness.  We had hoped and have repeatedly called for Kenyans to come together to hold a better election in line with the historic order of the Supreme ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Kenyan Presidential Election on October 26

The Kenyan presidential election is scheduled to be held on Thursday, October 26.  Nationwide protests and demonstrations are planned for that day.  As a precaution, the U.S. Embassy has directed all U.S. citizen employees affiliated with Embassy operations in Kisumu to defer non-essential travel in the Kisumu area from Wednesday, October 25 until further notice. ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassadors and High Commissioners in Advance of Kenya’s New Presidential Election

Statement by Ambassadors and High Commissioners In Advance of Kenya’s New Presidential Election October 23, 2017 As friends, we want Kenya to succeed.  We share with Kenyans their desire for a peaceful, prosperous, democratic, and well-governed country, where everyone can build a better life for themselves and their families.  Indeed, we know Kenyans have fought ... Read More»

Press Statement on Elections in Kenya

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 6, 2017 The United States Government is deeply concerned by the deterioration in the political environment in Kenya in advance of the October 26, presidential election. We remain committed to supporting a free, fair, and credible election that is consistent with Kenya’s Constitution, current laws, and ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassadors and High Commissioners to Kenya In Advance of the New Presidential Election

As prepared for delivery: Statement by Ambassadors and High Commissioners to Kenya In Advance of the New Presidential Election October 2, 2017 We, Ambassadors and High Commissioners, met today with the IEBC leadership to discuss preparations for the new presidential election.  As committed friends of Kenya, we have been following developments around it very closely.  ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Security Message for U.S. Citizens September 14, 2017 Kenya Travel Alert    The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Kenya that Kenya’s Elections Commission has announced that new Presidential elections will be held on October 17, 2017.  This Travel Alert replaces the Travel Alert dated April 6, 2017 and ... Read More»

KENYA SELECTED FOR “FEED THE FUTURE,” A GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY INITIATIVE

KENYA SELECTED FOR “FEED THE FUTURE,” A GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY INITIATIVE  NAIROBI, Kenya (September 11, 2017) – USAID’s new Administrator Mark Green announced the United States continued commitment towards working with Kenya on food security with the selection of Kenya as one of 12 partner countries in the  global hunger and food security initiative, Feed ... Read More»

Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya on Kenya’s Historic Opportunity

Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya on Kenya’s Historic Opportunity The Supreme Court’s September 1 decision on the 2017 presidential election was historic for Kenya, Africa, and the world.  Kenya’s highest Court delivered a powerful statement about the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary.  The separation of powers is an ... Read More»

Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya

Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya September 1, 2017 The Supreme Court’s decision today on the 2017 presidential election is an important moment for Kenya.  The Court’s independent review has demonstrated Kenya’s resilient democracy and commitment to the rule of law.  The Kenyan people showed patience and confidence as the legal case ran ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Kenyan Election Announcement (August 28, 2017)

Kenyan Election Announcement The Kenyan Supreme Court is expected to announce a decision on the Presidential petition on Friday, September 1.  The announcement may be followed by the formation of large crowds throughout Nairobi and in other areas of Kenya.  We strongly advise that you stay off the streets during the announcement and in the ... Read More»

U.S. ANNOUNCES KES 3.3 BILLION FOR DROUGHT RELIEF IN KENYA

NAIROBI, Kenya (August 22, 2017) – The U.S. Government has announced KES 3.3 billion ($32.6 million) in new funding for humanitarian assistance to address Kenya’s drought.  The drought is causing an increase in malnutrition especially among children in northern Kenya. This additional funding is part of USAID’s ongoing support to the Government of Kenya’s drought ... Read More»

Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec

As a long-time friend, the United States continues to follow closely Kenya’s presidential election process.  We welcome the decision by Kenya’s opposition alliance, NASA, to go to the Supreme Court with its concerns regarding the results of the presidential poll.  The Supreme Court is the constitutional venue to address disputes.  We look forward to the ... Read More»

Information Message for U.S. Citizens: Resumption of All Consular Services

The U.S. Embassy will return to normal operations Monday, August 14, 2017.  Please monitor news outlets to remain informed of local developments, and act prudently when moving about. For further information: U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Nairobi should enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at  https://step.state.gov .  STEP enrollment gives ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Elections Protests

Following the August 11 announcement of the Presidential election results, sporadic protests, some becoming violent, have been reported.  Demonstrations and road blockages have occurred in some areas of Kisumu and the areas of Kibira and Mathere in Nairobi.  Expect continued demonstrations August 12 in these areas and in other parts of downtown Nairobi.  Crowds may form quickly and become ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Kenyan Election Results

The official announcement of the Kenyan presidential election results will likely take place this afternoon, August 11. The announcement may be followed by the formation of large crowds throughout Nairobi and in other areas of Kenya.  We strongly advise that you stay off the streets during the announcement and in the hours following it, and ... Read More»

Statement by Heather Nauert, Spokesperson

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON August 10, 2017 Elections in Kenya As a longstanding friend of Kenya, the United States applauds the millions of Kenyans who on August 8 peacefully exercised their fundamental democratic right to choose their leaders.  We welcome the statements made by ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens August 10, 2017 Security Preparedness for Announcement of Election Results

United States Embassy Nairobi, Kenya  Security Message for U.S. Citizens August 10, 2017 Security Preparedness for Announcement of Election Results An official announcement of the Kenyan presidential election results will be likely be made within the next four days.  The announcement may occur with little or no notice and may be followed by the formation ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Limited Consular Services

On August 9, most major population centers in Kenya appear largely calm following the August 8 general election. Due to possible transportation disruptions, however, routine consular services may be limited. Emergency consular services for U.S. citizens will continue to be available. We recommend you exercise caution if on the streets and that you remain off ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Preparedness for Final Political Party Rallies this Weekend

United States Embassy Nairobi, Kenya Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Preparedness for Final Political Party Rallies this Weekend August 4, 2017 Political rallies will be held in downtown Nairobi and elsewhere this weekend, August 5-6, marking the end of Kenya’s formal election campaign period, and in advance of the Tuesday, August 8, general election. In ... Read More»

Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya on the August 8th General Elections

On August 8, Kenyans will exercise one of their most important democratic rights and select their leaders.  As international partners, we encourage Kenyans to look beyond their differences to come together to ensure free, fair, credible, and peaceful elections.   A successful poll will secure the extraordinary promise of the 2010 Constitution, strengthen democracy, and advance ... Read More»

Joint Statement by the U.S. Ambassador and the UK High Commissioner on the murder of IEBC’s official

The United States and the United Kingdom are gravely concerned by the murder of IEBC’s Systems Development Manager Christopher Msando. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and the entire IEBC team.  It is critical that Kenya have free, fair, credible and peaceful elections on August 8, and protection for IEBC staff is essential ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: August 8 Kenya General Elections

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Security Message for U.S. Citizens: August 8 Kenya General Elections July 24, 2017 Kenya is scheduled to hold elections August 8, 2017. Kenyans will vote for more than 1,800 offices across 47 counties, and campaigning for local and national offices is fully underway. Kenya has experienced some pre-electoral violence in cycles since ... Read More»

KDF’s Capacity to Combat Al-Shabaab Increased with Delivery of Final Bell Huey II Helicopters

Nairobi, July 19, 2017 – The final two of eight Bell Huey II helicopters (photo below) were delivered today to the Kenya Air Force.  The Huey II helicopters – six delivered in December 2016 and two this week – represent the United States’ largest security cooperation program in sub-Saharan Africa.  The United States values the ... Read More»

Ten Community Based Organizations Receive KSH 10 Million in Grants for HIV Prevention, Care and Support Programs

The United States President Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, (PEPFAR) has granted KSH 10 million to ten Kenyan community based organizations as part of its Community Grants Program. The PEPFAR Community Grants Program’s mission is to assist communities with projects that promote prevention, care and support for those infected or affected by HIV.   “HIV ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Godec American Independence Day Reception

Waheshimiwa, mabibi na mabwana, hamjambo! Habari za jioni?  Mambo vipi? Karibuni sana, na asanteni kwa kufika hapa leo. Speaker of the National Assembly the honorable Justin Muturi, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 241st anniversary of America’s independence.   I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to organize this year’s ... Read More»

Op-Ed: America’s success lies in its diversity

241 years ago, America’s Founding Fathers took a step… a step of extraordinary courage… a step that has echoed across the years.  In our Declaration of Independence, they declared themselves and the 13 colonies they represented to be free.  The declaration began a revolution that continues to today… a revolution that promises liberty, equality, and ... Read More»

Reading skills of Kenyan pupils improving at unprecedented rates

New evaluation of Tusome national early-grade reading program shows significant gains Nairobi, June 20, 2017 – A newly released evaluation  of the Tusome national reading program found that Kenyan children’s ability to read in English and Kiswahili has significantly improved since 2015. The KES 7.3 billion ($73 million) program, supported by the United States Agency for ... Read More»

Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya

As Heads of Mission from international partners supporting Kenya’s August 8 elections, we met this morning with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman and Commissioners.  We congratulated the Commission on the important National Elections Conference held in Nairobi on 13-14 June, which allowed participants to discuss electoral preparations and to make clear their ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at the Launch of the National Wildlife Conservation and Management Strategy Formulation Process

June 12, 2017 at 7:00-9:00 am, Crowne Plaza Hotel Cabinet Secretary Professor Judi Wakhungu Principal Secretary Margaret Mwakima Dr. Manu Chandaria, Partners, Ladies and Gentlemen, Hamjambo? Habari za asubuhi? I am delighted to be here with you today to help launch the process of developing Kenya’s first National Wildlife Conservation and Management Strategy. Kenya has ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks for the Outstanding Police Service Awards

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks for the Outstanding Police Service Awards May 5, 2017, at 10am, Intercontinental Hotel   Principal Guest Cabinet Secretary of Interior and Coordination of the National Government Joseph Nkaissery, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, IPOA Chairman Macharia Njeru, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Mabibi na Mabwana. Hamjambo! I am honored to join ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at the Launch of the Judiciary Committee on Elections’ 2016 Annual Report and the IDLO’s Lessons Learned Brief

"It is my pleasure to be here today at the launch of the Judicial Committee on Elections’ Annual Report and the International Development Law Organization’s Lessons Learned Brief on Electoral Dispute Resolution. These publications are more than just documents; they lay out concrete steps that the judiciary has taken – and will take – to ... Read More»

International Heads’ of Mission Statement on Kenya’s Political Party Primary Process

As friends of Kenya, we congratulate the many Kenyans who peacefully participated in the recent political party primaries by voting and supporting the integrity of the process.  We also welcome the large number of women and young candidates and voters.  Together, millions of Kenyans stepped forward to exercise their constitutional rights and give voice to ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Godec Inspires Youth to Engage in Agriculture by Launching “Don’t Lose the Plot” TV Reality Program

NAIROBI, Kenya – Today in Nairobi, U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec helped launch East Africa’s agribusiness reality TV show “Don’t Lose the Plot,” which was supported by the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative and the United States Agency of International Development (USAID). Don’t Lose the Plot is a first of its kind competition reality TV ... Read More»

Ambassador Condemns Attack on Conservationist Kuki Gallmann

I strongly condemn the Sunday, April 23 attack on conservationist Kuki Gallmann ‎and all other violence that has taken place in recent months in Laikipia and Baringo. Violence is never the answer. I urge all Kenyans to refrain from violence and urge the government to take strong action to hold accountable all those responsible for ... Read More»

California Special General Election Scheduled for June 6

The State of California will conduct a special general election on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, for the 34th Congressional District to replace Xavier Becerra who was confirmed as Attorney General of California. This district consists of part of Los Angeles County. A primary election was held on April 4, 2017, with no candidate receiving more ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Kenya Travel Alert

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Kenya that general elections are scheduled for August 8, 2017. Candidate selection for national and county offices will take place throughout the country in April, followed by nationwide campaigning. This Travel Alert expires on August 31, 2017. Rallies, demonstrations, and protests may occur with ... Read More»

U.S. and Kenya Launch Water Projects in Arid Lands and Economic Growth Activities Supporting 23 Counties

Turkana County, March 28, 2017 – Today in Turkana County, U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec joined representatives of the Government of Kenya (GoK) and of Turkana and Marsabit Counties, and private sector partners to launch three activities to improve access to water services in Kenya’s arid lands and support economic growth through increasing agricultural productivity ... Read More»

Kenya Celebrates World TB Day with New Data from the National TB Prevalence Survey

Improved Data from Survey Informs Kenya’s Response to End TB NAIROBI, Kenya (March 24, 2017) – Today, the Kenya Ministry of Health releases the much anticipated results of the National TB Prevalence Survey—the first of its kind since Kenya’s independence. The global theme for World TB Day 2017 is “Unite to End TB” and the ... Read More»

South Carolina Special Primary Election Scheduled for May 2

The State of South Carolina will conduct a special primary election on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, for the 5th Congressional District to replace Mick Mulvaney who was confirmed as the Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. This district consists of Cherokee, Chester, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lee, Union, and York counties, and portions ... Read More»

Montana Special Election Scheduled for May 25

The State of Montana will conduct a special election on Thursday, May 25, 2017, for its at-large Congressional District to replace Ryan Zinke who was confirmed as the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. This district represents all counties in Montana. Service members, eligible family members and overseas citizens may use the Federal Post Card Application ... Read More»

Launch of the Jr. NBA Youth Basketball League

Last week Ambassador Godec was on hand to launch the National Basketball Association’s Launch of the Jr. NBA Youth Basketball League at the Kasarani Indoor Arena. The Jr. NBA teaches teamwork, leadership, and fair play to youth across Africa and around the world. NBA Africa’s Vice President and Managing Director Amodou Gallo Fall and 2014 ... Read More»

FRAUD ALERT

ANNOUNCEMENT – WARNING The U.S. Embassy is aware of an ongoing tender scam using our name to fraudulently request sample items, supply of goods or money.  If your business receives a tender from a “Mr. Kerry Jones,” or any individual using the following email address  consulate@ustenderdepartment.com , please DO NOT ACT on this request and contact us immediately at NairobiGSO-Contracts@state.gov .  All ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increase of Violence in Laikipia, Baringo, and Other Bordering Counties

In recent weeks there has been an increase in violent incidents in some parts of Laikipia, Baringo, and bordering counties related to increased migration of people and livestock across regions of Kenya amid drought conditions. Violent incidents have been sporadic and isolated, but travelers are nevertheless reminded to be alert and maintain personal safety precautions. ... Read More»

United States Supports Conservation and Combats Wildlife Crime in Kenya

Nairobi, March 3, 2017 – Today, on World Wildlife Day, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announce a grant to the Kenya Ministry of Environment and the Africa Conservation Centre to support Kenya’s National Wildlife Conservation Strategy. The grant and seven other grants awarded over the ... Read More»

FAA Announces Aviation Safety Rating for Kenya

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that Kenya complies with international safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating under the agency’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program. A Category 1 rating means Kenya’s civil aviation authority meets International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. With the ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Robert F. Godec

Potential U.S. military sale to Kenya in support of the fight against terrorism   The U.S. Government is currently working with the Government of Kenya on the purchase of aircraft to strengthen the Kenya Defence Forces in their fight against al-Shabaab.  The public discussion around the potential purchase of AT802-L “Air Tractor” aircraft underscores the ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec visits Garissa

Ambassador Robert F. Godec recently visited Garissa, meeting with Government officials including Garissa County Governor Nathif Adem Jama, County Commissioner James Kianda and Northeast County Commissioner Ambassador Mohamud Saleh and discussing a wide range of issues from the security situation in Garissa, Countering Violent Extremism and the upcoming Kenyan elections. Ambassador Godec visited the USAID-funded ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec declares a disaster for worsening drought and food insecurity

Ambassador Robert F. Godec today issued a formal U.S. Government declaration that a major disaster exists in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands due to the ongoing drought and resulting food insecurity. The declaration supports the declaration of emergency and actions taken by the Government of Kenya. Since 2016, the U.S. Government through U.S. Agency for ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec Urges Kenyans to Register and Vote!

Ambassador Robert F. Godec urged Kenyan’s to register and vote in their next election in August. He was speaking in Kariobangi on a #niShowPower voter education campaign in early February. “Only Kenyans will make a decision on who will be their leader. We, however, do support and encourage voter participation,” he said. Ambassador Godec also ... Read More»

Correction to Misinformation on Executive Order Regarding Immigration

On January 27, President Trump signed an Executive Order temporarily suspending entry into the United States of foreign nationals from seven countries –Somalia, Yemen, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Libya – as we review current security vetting procedures.  Kenyan citizens are not affected by this Executive Order. This Order does not change visa reciprocity or validity ... Read More»

Kansas Special Election Scheduled for April 11

The State of Kansas will conduct a special election on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, for the 4th Congressional District to replace Mike Pompeo who resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives when he was confirmed and formally sworn in as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.  This district consists of all or part of ... Read More»

The East Africa Postharvest Technologies Competition 2017: Call for Entries

Nairobi, February 1, 2017–To spur the development of innovative technologies to reduce food loss and waste in Africa, the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) is conducting the inaugural East Africa Postharvest Technologies Competition 2017 (EAPTC 2017) through a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) East Africa Trade and Investment Hub. The call ... Read More»

Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya on Kenya’s 2017 Elections

 January 22, 2017  Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya on Kenya’s 2017 Elections   Kenya’s Elections and Future Rest in the Hands of the Kenyan People The elections of August 2017 are critical to Kenya’s future.  Free, fair, peaceful, and credible elections will help secure the extraordinary promise of the 2010 Constitution, strengthen democracy, ... Read More»

Kenya’s Elections and Future Rest in the Hands of the Kenyan People

Joint Statement by Heads of Mission in Kenya on Kenya’s 2017 Elections The elections of August 2017 are critical to Kenya’s future.  Free, fair, peaceful, and credible elections will help secure the extraordinary promise of the 2010 Constitution, strengthen democracy, and advance prosperity for all Kenyans.  As partners, we stand with Kenya as it approaches ... Read More»

EducationUSA Scholars Program Now Open

The EducationUSA office at the Public Affairs Section of the United States Embassy – Nairobi, seeks to identify and recruit 40 Kenyan students from low-income families who scored B+  and above in the 2016 KCSE,  to join the EducationUSA Scholars Program (ESP). Our mission is to assist our Scholars in negotiating the admissions process in ... Read More»

Personal Safety and Security During the Holiday Season

The holiday season is once again upon us. The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens to exercise caution and common sense and to practice heightened personal security during the holidays. Historically, there has been a spike in crime during this time of year throughout Kenya, including incidents of pickpocketing, mugging, carjacking, and home invasions. Crime is indiscriminate, ... Read More»

Corruption in Kenya: Stop Talking, Start Doing

Kenyans have talked about corruption for years. Kenyans know it is undermining the country’s prosperity, security, development, and even democracy. In a recent Pew Research Center survey, 91 percent of Kenyans called government corruption a “very big problem.” What’s needed now, however, is not talk, but serious, sustained action. Read More»

EAC Partnership to Strengthen Regional Development

U.S. Government and EAC Sign $194 Million Partnership Agreement to Strengthen Regional Development Arusha, TANZANIA. Today, the U.S. Government and the East African Community (EAC) launched a Regional Development Objectives Grant Agreement at the EAC headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. On behalf of the U.S. Government, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will contribute ... Read More»

Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren

Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren is a well-run community organization composed of single older women raising approximately 200 children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. Begun by a former Peace Corps Volunteer, Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren received funding from SSHF in 2015 to expand a community farming operation. Read More»

Heshima Kenya Welcomes the Ambassador

The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) has partnered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to support Heshima in providing emergency shelter, classes in English and Swahili, computer literacy and tailoring. Read More»

Embassy To Reopen on October 31

We are grateful for the ongoing protection provided by the Kenyan police. We are cooperating with Kenyan authorities on the investigation of the incident on Thursday, October 27 and refer all questions about the investigation to them. We will be open to the public for normal operations on Monday, October 31, 2016. Previous message from October 27: ... Read More»

Karibu Kenya to Our New Press Attache

Welcome Fiona Evans- joining our Public Affairs team in their role to foster dialogue with the media, provide factual and timely information about the United States and its policies, and help amplify the message about the committed work the Embassy is doing to strengthen the partnership between the United States and Kenya. Read More»

PBO Leaders Summit 2016

The new PBO Act will allow civil society to deepen and advance its already vital contributions to Kenya and the welfare of its citizens. For example, civil society already plays a pivotal role in ensuring the protection of human rights, including in linking government and local communities. Read More»

2105 Child Labor Report

Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor The Department of Labor’s annual Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor focuses on the efforts of certain U.S. trade beneficiary countries and territories to eliminate the worst forms of child labor through legislation, enforcement mechanisms, policies and social programs. The Report presents: Findings on the prevalence and ... Read More»

Celebrating the Launch of Afya Elimu

Ambassador Godec spoke at the launch of Afya Elimu, celebrating the partnership of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the U.S. Government, and the Kenya Healthcare Federation to equip young Kenyans to solve the health challenges of today and the future. Read More»

Our Ocean, One Future

International Coast Cleanup in Mombasa Kenya Wildlife Service  organized a beach cleanup for International Coastal Cleanup Day promoting the importance of protecting the ocean and its wildlife.  We had a great time joining NGO’s, community groups and especially Mombasa’s school children to help clean Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach.  Over 500 participants came to clean the beach and learn ... Read More»

Congratulations Dr. Andrew Mude

Dr. Andrew Mude is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application. Dr. Mude has used his education to help pastoral communities manage the risks of drought, livestock diseases, and floods. Kenya’s future depends on innovators like him. Hongera Dr. Mude! Read More»

Power Africa Launches Partnership with Government of Japan

Power Africa Launches New Partnership with the Government of Japan   Today, Power Africa announced a new partnership arrangement with the Government of Japan focused on reducing energy poverty and increasing access to sustainable energy in sub-Saharan Africa. The Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between the United States and Japan — signed by the United States ... Read More»

Secretary of State John Kerry Visits Nairobi

Secretary Kerry Makes Whirlwind Trip to Nairobi   U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, joined by Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas Greenfield, had a short but busy visit to Kenya.  While in Nairobi for one day, Secretary Kerry met with H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss regional security issues, counterterrorism cooperation, and bilateral issues.  He also ... Read More»

Erroneous Security Message

On January 21, 2016, a security message was sent to American Citizens in Kenya regarding security awareness in Dakar, Senegal due to a systems error.  Please disregard this message. For further information: See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution , Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Kenya Specific Information . Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( STEP ) to receive security messages and make it ... Read More»

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) EPT-2/GHSA Regional Launch

Opening Remarks at Food and Agriculture Regional Launch by Deputy Chief of Mission Paul R. Sutphin Kenya Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Cabinet Secretary Bett; Uganda Ministry of Animal Agriculture, Industry and Fisheries State Minister for Animal Resources Rwamirama; Ethiopia Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries State Minister Mekonnen; Excellencies, FAO Country Representatives, distinguished guests, ... Read More»

Security in Somalia

The U.S. Mission to Somalia reminds U.S. citizens of the U.S. government’s recommendation to avoid all travel to Somalia. The security situation in Somalia remains unstable and dangerous. Terrorist operatives and armed groups in Somalia continue to attack Somali authorities, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), and other non-military targets. Threats to U.S. citizens ... Read More»

U.S., WTO Announce ITA Expansion

The United States and country partners at the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced a landmark expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) that will generate economic growth by phasing out hundreds of tariffs on information technology exports. Read More»

Travel Warning: Kenya

Kenya Travel Warning The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risk of traveling to Kenya.  U.S. citizens in Kenya, and those considering travel to Kenya, should be aware of continuing and recently heightened threats from terrorism and the high rate of violent crime in some areas.  This replaces the Travel Warning of May ... Read More»

Remarks for Ambassador Robert F. Godec World AIDS Day National Event Nairobi City Stadium

Your Excellency, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta; Deputy Nairobi Governor, Hon. Jonathan Mueke; Other distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Waheshima, Mabibi na mabwana, Hamjambo. Habari zenu? Mambo vipi! Good morning.  It is an honor to be here with you today as we commemorate World AIDS Day 2015.  On this day, I ask you to imagine a ... Read More»

Remarks for Ambassador Robert F. Godec World AIDS Day National Event

Nairobi City Stadium Your Excellency, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta; Deputy Nairobi Governor, Hon. Jonathan Mueke; Other distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Waheshima, Mabibi na mabwana, Hamjambo. Habari zenu? Mambo vipi! Good morning.  It is an honor to be here with you today as we commemorate World AIDS Day 2015.  On this day, I ask you ... Read More»

Heads of Mission Meeting with the Kenyan Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission

International partners and Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials met today to discuss preparations for the 2017 general elections and to review current donor support for the IEBC Secretariat. We reaffirmed together our commitment to free, fair, peaceful and transparent elections and discussed the steps the IEBC is taking to strengthen its capacity and ... Read More»

Second High-Level Steering Committee Meeting of the White House’s Security Governance Initiative

The Governments of Kenya and the United States of America held the second high-level steering committee meeting of the White House’s Security Governance Initiative (SGI) on November 11 at Harambee House in Nairobi. SGI is an initiative of President Barack Obama to enhance the governance of security and justice institutions, foster interagency collaboration, and strengthen ... Read More»

Heads of Missions Joint Statement on Corruption

As strong and committed international partners of Kenya, we share the concern of Kenyans at the ongoing problem of corruption. We agree with President Kenyatta that corruption threatens the country’s economic growth, the provision of government services, and security. It deters investment and costs jobs. Corruption is undermining Kenya’s future. Today, we met with officials ... Read More»

Ambassador Remarks: International Conservation Caucus Foundation

Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Professor Judy Wakhungu, The Honorable Joyce Laboso, Deputy Speaker, Kenya National Assembly, Narok County Governor, Samuel Ole Tunai, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen, Washeshimewa, Mabibi na mbwana Hamjambo! Habari zenu! Thank you for the opportunity to speakbtoday about the protection of wildlife and the conservation ... Read More»

40th Africa Travel Association World Congress

Remarks at the 40th Africa Travel Association World Congress by Deputy Chief of Mission Paul R. Sutphin Cabinet Secretary Honorable Phyllis Kandie, Dr. Anne Kinyua, honored guests, ladies and gentlemen. It is a pleasure to be with you today at the Africa Travel Association’s 40th Annual World Congress and to help welcome many of you from around ... Read More»

Remarks for Ambassador Robert F. Godec: Launch of KEMSA Medical Commodities Program

Principal Secretary Khadija Kasachoon, Dr. John Munyu, KEMSA CEO, Distinguished guests. Waheshima, Mabibi na mabwana, Hamjambo. Habari zenu? Principal Secretary, colleagues, it is a pleasure and an honor to be with you today to launch our groundbreaking new partnership, the USAID-KEMSA Medical Commodities Program.  This program is funded by the American people through the U.S. ... Read More»

Non-Governmental Organizations Suspensions

The Ambassadors of the United States of America, The Netherlands, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Germany, and Denmark, along with the High Commissioners for the United Kingdom and Canada, underscore once again their strong and ongoing support for a vibrant, free, and independent civil society in Kenya. In this context, we welcome the decision by the Government ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec for Kenya Red Cross Nairobi Gala

  Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, waheshima, mabibi na mabwana, Hamjambo! Habari zenu? Mambo! It’s great to be here to join you in celebrating the Kenya Red Cross in Nairobi and its spirit of volunteerism and commitment to public service. During half a century of volunteering, the Kenya Red Cross has helped people in Nairobi ... Read More»

Lifting of Certain Travel Restrictions for U.S. Government Personnel Along Kenyan Coast

The U.S. Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens that it has lifted its travel restrictions for U.S. government personnel to some parts of the southern Kenyan coast. There are no longer general restrictions on travel to Malindi city in Kilifi County south through Mombasa and Kwale counties to the Tanzanian border. U.S. government personnel are ... Read More»

Remarks prepared for Ambassador Robert F. Godec Launch of Mass-Mosquito Net Distribution Campaign Lurambi Sub-County, Kakamega County (as prepared)

Governor Oparanya, Ladies and gentlemen, other distinguished guests, Mabibi na mabwana, Waheshimiwa, Hamjambo! Habari zenu? I am honored to be here in Kakamega as we begin our mass distribution of 3.8 million insecticide-treated Mosquito nets. Overall, we are distributing over 5 million nets to families in Kakamega, Busia, Bungoma, Nyamira, and Kisii. The U.S. Government ... Read More»

YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa Focuses on Empowering Youth Leaders in East and Central Africa

Today, 78 young African leaders from 13 countries in East and Central Africa completed a 12-week transformational learning and enhanced leadership skills training program at the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center East Africa (Center) in Nairobi, Kenya. The center is part of U.S. President Barack Obama’s flagship program, YALI, aimed at investing ... Read More»

Possible Protest in Nairobi

On September 21 and 22, the KEMRI protests regarding a labor dispute in the Kisumu area proceeded without incident.  An additional protest is possible today, October 2, at KEMRI Headquarters on Mbagathi Way in Nairobi. The protest may start as early as 0800 and may last most of the day. As a result, U.S. government ... Read More»

Open Season: Applications Are Now On-Line for the 2016 YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship

The United States Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya is pleased to announce the opening of the on-line application for the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI). The application will close on November 11, 2015. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is an outstanding opportunity for 1,000 young African leaders to travel to the United States ... Read More»

Massachusetts National Guard Announces New State Partnership with the Republic of Kenya

The Massachusetts National Guard has been selected as the U.S. partner for the Republic of Kenya as part of the Department of Defense’s State Partnership Program, which is managed by the National Guard. Through the State Partnership Program, the Massachusetts National Guard will conduct mutually beneficial engagements in support of defense security cooperation goals and ... Read More»

National Institute of Justice Advances Cost-Effective Aviation Technology for Law Enforcement

Washington, D.C. — The Office of Justice Programs’ (OJP) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) today announced that it has awarded a grant of more than $900,000 to Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) to identify and assess cost-effective aviation technology for law enforcement in remote areas in cooperation with the Kenya Wildlife Service. This award is ... Read More»

International Union for Conservation of Nature Regional Forum on Creating Solutions for People and Nature in Eastern & Southern Africa

Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Professor Judi Wakhungu, IUCN President Zhang Xinsheng, Juliette Biao, UNEP, Director and Regional Representative for Africa, Ambassador of Sweden Johan Borgstrom, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Washeshimewa, Mabibi na mbwana Hamjambo! Habari zenu! Thank you for inviting me to participate in this important conference to ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks for FilmAid 9th Annual Film Festival

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, mabibi na mabwana. Hamjambo! Habari zenu? Thank you for inviting me to be here with you to celebrate FilmAid’s 9th Annual Film Festival.  Thank you to FilmAid for hosting this incredible event and to UNHCR for their continued support.  But most of all, thank you to all of the amazing ... Read More»

Additional Planned Protest in Kisumu

On Monday, September 21, the Kemri labor protest at their Kisian facilities proceeded without incident.  The U.S. Embassy understands that Kemri staff located at their CRC facilities in Kisumu plan to stage another sit-in protest tomorrow, Tuesday September 22, due to the same labor dispute. The protest may also start as early as 0800 and ... Read More»

Planned Protest in Kisumu

The U.S. Embassy understands that Kemri staff located at their Kisian facilities in Kisumu plan to stage a sit-in protest tomorrow, Monday September 21, due to a labor dispute. The protest may start as early as 0800 and may last most of the day. As a result, U.S. government employees who work at that facility ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Promotes Peace through Sports – Laikipia Highland Games

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec attended the  8th annual Laikipia Highlands Games on September 19, celebrating the event’s goal of promoting peace through sports. The Laikipia Highland Games were created by the Gallmann Memorial Foundation in response to Kenya’s post-election violence of 2007-2008. Every year, various tribes including Pokot, Samburu, Kikuyu, Kalenjin, come ... Read More»

Press Release: U.S. Businesses in Africa

More than 100 U.S. companies are in South Africa this week as part of the largest U.S. government-led trade mission to Africa in history. After visiting South Africa many of the U.S. companies will continue on in smaller groups to other countries across the continent. Seven of the most prominent are expected to visit Kenya. ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec for Global Fund Kenya Grants Signing Ceremony

National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Rotich, Ministry of Health Cabinet Secretary Macharia, National Treasury Principal Secretary Thugge, Ministry of Health Principal Secretary Dr. Kassachoon, Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen Waheshima, mabibi na mabwana, Hamjambo! Habari zenu? I am honored to join you today to celebrate the signing of seven new grant agreements of the Global Fund ... Read More»

2nd Annual East African Joint Operations’ Capstone Exercise

U.S. Embassy Nairobi through the Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA) Program conducted the 2nd Annual East African Joint Operations’ (EAJO) Capstone Exercises on September 6-7. This 24-hour simulation exercise was comprised of border security officials from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. The Kenya National Police Service Inspector General Joseph Boinnet attended the exercises with other police and officials ... Read More»

Will Kenya End Female Genital Mutilation?

Every year, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) scars thousands of young women and girls in Kenya physically and emotionally, for life. As President Barack Obama said during his recent visit to Kenya, “There’s no reason that young girls should suffer genital mutilation…” This tradition has “no place in the 21st century.” The practice consists of cutting ... Read More»

United States Department of Agriculture-Supported Agribusiness Investment Program

Today, the United States launched a $19 million USD multi-country Agribusiness Investment for Market Stimulation (AIMS) Program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to be implemented by its partner Global Communities. The five-year program will promote growth of the agricultural sector in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi by providing financing to small and ... Read More»

Workshop on Developing Effective Strategic Trade Controls in Kenya

From Tuesday, August 18 to Thursday, August 20, the Kenyan Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and explosives (CBRNe) Strategic Trade Controls (STC) Sub-Committee participated in a workshop with legal and regulatory experts from the United States. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s EXBS Program and in support of the U.S.-Kenya Security Governance Initiative (SGI), the ... Read More»

News from American Citizen Services

Greetings from American Citizen Services in Nairobi!  Please find below some important news for Americans traveling to or residing in Kenya: 1.  Elimination of visa page inserts 2.  Update on the new Kenyan e-visa program 3.  New Facebook page for ACS Elimination of visa page inserts – The Department of State has proposed to discontinue ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec Remarks National Climate Change Finance Policy and Budget Codes Workshop

Distinguished guests, Mabibi na mabwana, Hamjambo! Habari zenu? I am pleased to join you on this important occasion as Kenya holds this workshop to validate its National Policy on Climate Finance and Climate Change Budget Codes. This action by the National Treasury will significantly improve Kenya’s ability to mobilize financing to address climate change and ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Launch of Kenya’s National Medically Assisted Therapy Program

Mathari Teaching and Referral Hospital -As Delivered- Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, other distinguished guests. Waheshima, mabibi na mabwana, Hamjambo. Habari zenu? Thank you for the opportunity to join you today at the inauguration of Kenya’s Medically Assisted Therapy treatment program for people who inject drugs.  I applaud the Government of Kenya, the Ministry of Health, ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Visits Amboseli National Park with Kibera School for Girls

Students World Elephant Day and International Youth Day U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec visited Amboseli National Park with students from Kibera School for Girls and PCEA Imbirikani School on August 12, to celebrate World Elephant Day. Over 100 students attended the festivities that included a safari, the first for many of the girls, ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec for Opening of the Ministry of Health Buildings

Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, Waziri, Waheshima, Mabibi na mabwana, Ladies and gentlemen, Hamjambo! Habari zenu? Good morning. Thank you for the opportunity to be with you today for this long-anticipated event. The United States has collaborated with Kenya now for over 50 years, since independence, on helping to improve the health and wellbeing of the ... Read More»

Public Health Buildings Unveiling

United States and Kenya Unveil New National Public Health Buildings and Institute The Ministry of Health announces a new National Public Health Institute and showcases a $9M USD investment in laboratory and office buildings by U.S. PEPFAR program Today, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec joined Kenyan Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia in the ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks Opening of Oracle’s Kenya and East Africa Office

Delta Towers, 14th Floor, Westlands -As Delivered- Dr. Fred Matiangi, Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Information, Communication, and Technology, all distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Washeshimewah, Mabibi na Mabawana, Hamjambo! Habari zenu! Good evening.  I would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone here this evening, and especially to the team from Oracle ... Read More»

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Tom Frieden Visits Nairobi, Kenya

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Kenya welcomed CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden as he traveled through Nairobi on August 6, as part of his African tour. Dr. Frieden met with CDC Kenya Country Director Dr. Kevin DeCock and other senior staff members to discuss the planned establishment of a National Public Health Institute, ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks for Department of Justice Trial Advocacy Training

Ladies and Gentlemen, Hamjambo mabibi na mabwana! Habari zenu? Good morning. I would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone here this morning. This is the ninth year that Lawyers Without Borders and Judge Ann Williams have partnered with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Judicial Training Institute of Kenya. It’s an extraordinary ... Read More»

Muslim Education and Welfare Association (MEWA) Information Center, American Corner (MIC-AC) Mombasa Holds Social Media Training

Muslim Education and Welfare Association (MEWA) Information Center at American Corner (MIC-AC) Mombasa Librarian Biasha Omar Seif hosted a two-day social media workshop for over 150 youths from Mombasa.  The attendees included form four graduates and university students. The workshop was conducted by the Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) and Jukumu Letu.  The program covered training on blogging and ... Read More»

SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL

Smithsonian Celebrates Kenya at the 2014 Folklife Festival www.festival.si.edu The Smithsonian celebrates the diversity and traditions of Kenya and its people with the 2014 Folklife Festival program “Kenya: Mambo Poa.”  The program will feature more than 80 participants, including athletes, wildlife experts, archeologists and artists highlighting the East African country’s rich cultural heritage. The Festival will ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec – Remarks for Global Entrepreneurial Summit (GES)/POTUS Visit Press Conference

-As prepared- Good afternoon, We are getting close to President Obama’s arrival in Kenya.  His visit will be a truly historic moment for both Kenya and the United States, and underscores the fact that the United States’ partnership with the Kenyan Government and people has never been stronger. When the President arrives later this week, ... Read More»

Groundbreaking Ceremony at Kijani Ridge Housing Complex

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec joined Cabinet Secretary of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Amina Mohamed, Governor of Kiambu County William Kabogo and Tatu City leaders and investors on July 11, for a groundbreaking ceremony of the Kijani Ridge Housing Complex. Tatu City is one of Kenya’s largest residential development projects and has ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec Remarks: Iftar Dinner in Mombasa

Good evening. Hamjambo Mabibi na Mabwana, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honored to join you tonight to celebrate the breaking of the Ramadhan fast.  I would like to thank the Mombasa Muslim Association for assisting in making the arrangements this evening.  You have my gratitude.  Ramadhan is a special time, where friends, family, and communities ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Nairobi Runs Lewa Marathon

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec, along with other members of U.S. Embassy Nairobi, ran the 16th Annual Safaricom Marathon to support the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy on 27 June. Almost 1,500 racers from around the world took part in the marathon. The course includes a full marathon of 42 km and a half marathon ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Nairobi American Reference Center Names ‘Writing for the Internet’ Contest Winners

U.S. Embassy Nairobi American Reference Center (ARC) named James G. Mwangi, Rose Njoroge and Roseleen Nzioka as the first, second and third place winners, respectively, of the writing competition Writing for the Internet. This online course is sponsored by the ARC and by Voice of America (VOA) Learning English. The course focuses on the structure ... Read More»

Live at State with Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield and AFRICOM General David Rodriguez on U.S. Foreign Policy and Secu

Via Teleconference Mr. Zeltakalns: (In progress) the State Department’s virtual interactive press conference. Thank you for joining us. And a special hello to those viewing at our watch parties today in our embassies in Angola, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, and Zambia. I’m pleased to welcome back to the Live At State stage Assistant Secretary of State ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy Nairobi Cultural Affairs Office and the Kenya Muslim Youth Alliance (KMYA) Host Nairobi County Youth Interfaith Iftar Dinner

The U.S. Embassy Nairobi Cultural Affairs Office (CAO) together with the Kenya Muslim Youth Alliance (KMYA) hosted the Nairobi County Youth Interfaith Iftar dinner. Participants included Uganda Muslim Youth Development Forum President Ahmed Hadji, Muslim Scholar Attorney Ibrahim Lethome, Nairobi-based counselor Mariam Kibunjia, CAO Acting Officer Eddie Sagitto and CAO Outreach Coordinator Rukiya Mwinyi. Youth ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Michael Froman on Congressional Passage of TPA, AGOA, and Preference Package

This has been a landmark week for furthering the President’s trade agenda.  Congress passed bipartisan legislation that sets a high bar for our trade negotiations, spurs sustainable economic development, trains American workers, and improves the enforcement of our trade laws to support American manufacturing.  Each of these initiatives is an integral part of using trade ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Attends World Refugee Day Celebrations

U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec Remarks for World Refugee Day – Kakuma Refugee Camp, Turkana County, Kenya – As Prepared –   His Excellency, Governor Nanok, other distinguished guests, Mabibi na mabwana, hamjambo! Habari zenu! Good afternoon! President Obama once said that “the ordeals refugees survive and the aspirations they hold resonate with us as ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Kerry on Ramadan

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, Teresa and I wish all Muslims a happy and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a season for heightened reflection, worship, compassion, and community. For Muslims everywhere, this special month provides spiritual nourishment and reinforces appreciation for the universal value — and values — of humanity.  It is also ... Read More»

Delays in Overseas U.S. Passport and Visa Processing

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our overseas passport and visa systems.  This issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category.  We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability. Passport applications accepted overseas ... Read More»

CHOLERA OUTBREAK IN KENYA

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi wishes to inform American citizens in Kenya that there is an ongoing outbreak of cholera that has affected at least nine counties in Kenya and has produced over 3,000 reported cases and over 60 reported deaths. The counties affected by the Cholera outbreak are Nairobi, Homa Bay, Mombasa, Nakuru, Muranga, ... Read More»

American Corner Nakuru Hosts Storymoja Festival

Kenya Library Services Nakuru Branch American Corner (AC) Nakuru together with the Public Affairs Section of U.S. Embassy Nairobi supported the regional Storymoja Festival held in Nakuru May 28-30. The 3-day festival attracted thousands of students, teachers, artists, musicians, publishers and business people. The Storymoja Festival is a platform to showcase, discover and nurture local ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec Remarks at the Launch of the Laikipia University Human Rights Center

Vice Chancellor, Commissioner at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, faculty, students! Mabibi na mabwana: Hamjambo!  Habari zenu! Thank you for inviting me here today to dedicate your new Center for Human Rights.  This is a critically important endeavor.  This program, and the university’s requirement that all students take a human rights course, is ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Godec at the First CSO Reference Group Annual General Assembly

Chair of the CSO Reference Group, Representatives of NGOs from around Kenya, mabibi na mabwana: Hamjambo!  Habari zenu! I am honored to join you today to speak about the essential role that civil society plays in development and in progress.  This is an exciting moment in Africa.  Africa is rising, most importantly because of Africans ... Read More»

Press Availability in Nairobi, Kenya

SECRETARY KERRY: Good afternoon, everybody. I’m delighted to be here in Nairobi, and I appreciate enormously the very generous welcome beginning with yesterday and my visit to the Nairobi National Park, which was wonderful. And I want to thank President Kenyatta and the cabinet and Cabinet Secretary Mohamed for not just their generous welcome, but also ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks Things R Elephant! The Great Debate on The Future Of Elephants

Opening the Third Debate: How Do We Stop the Demand for Ivory?   Good afternoon.  It is a pleasure to join you for the Great Debate on the Future of Elephants.  The first session asked “Are elephants special?”  I wasn’t asked to speak on that question… but there really is no doubt, yes, they are! ... Read More»

Ambassador Robert F. Godec Remarks at the Second Devolution Conference

Excellency, President of the Republic of Kenya, The Honorable Uhuru Kenyatta; Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning Anne Waiguru; County Governors; Representatives of civil society,academia, and the private sector; Mabibi na mabwana: Hamjambo!  Habari za asubuhi? Thank you for the opportunity to join you at this Second Devolution Conference.  And thank you Governor Ranguma for ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks Kenya Wildlife Poaching and Trafficking Stakeholder Workshop

Thank you for inviting me to speak at this workshop, which provides an excellent opportunity for everyone involved in protecting Kenya’s wildlife heritage to express their views. As you know, the United States has been actively engaged in supporting Kenya’s conservation efforts through our collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service, civil society, the Ministry of ... Read More»

Remarks by President Obama at the Civil Society Forum

President Obama: Buenas tardes. Thank you, President Varela. Thank you very much, Panama, for hosting this Summit of the Americas. And I thank everybody who’s traveled here from across the region for the courageous work that you do to defend freedom and human rights, and to promote equality and opportunity and justice across our hemisphere ... Read More»

Announcement of Host University Partners for the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the U.S. colleges and universities that have been selected to host the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders this summer. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  The Fellowship empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, ... Read More»

Joint Statement by U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec, British High Commissioner Christian Turner, and Swiss Ambassador Jacques Pitteloud

The High Commissioner of the United Kingdom and the Ambassadors of the United States and Switzerland, on behalf of their respective governments, welcome the recent statements and actions of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on the long-standing problem of corruption. The recent steps of the Kenyan government, notably the charges and arrests in the Anglo Leasing ... Read More»

Statement by the President on the Garissa University College Terrorist Attack

Michelle and I join the American people in expressing our horror and sadness at the reports coming out of Garissa, Kenya. Words cannot adequately condemn the terrorist atrocities that took place at Garissa University College, where innocent men and women were brazenly and brutally massacred. We join the world in mourning them, many of whom ... Read More»

Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec

The United States strongly condemns al-Shabaab’s heinous terrorist attack today at Garissa University College, which has resulted in the deaths and injuries of many Kenyans.  We extend our deepest condolences to all who have been affected.  We also offer our profound appreciation and gratitude to the members of the Kenyan security services who are risking ... Read More»

Reports of Attack in Garissa

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi has received reports of an ongoing attack at Moi University, Garissa Campus, in Garissa, Kenya.  According to the reports, there have been explosions and heavy gunfire at the school; hostages have been taken and al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack.  While the city and county of Garissa are currently ... Read More»

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and the President’s Travel to Africa

The Government of Kenya has agreed to co-host the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) this July.  Organized annually since 2009, the GES has emerged as a global platform connecting emerging entrepreneurs with leaders from business, international organizations, and governments looking to support them.  This will be the first time the GES will take place in ... Read More»

President Obama to Attend the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya in July

The White House has just announced in Washington that the government of Kenya and the government of the United States have agreed to co-host the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in July.  As the Press Spokesperson just indicated, this Global Entrepreneurship Summit has been organized annually since 2009 and it is a global platform for connecting ... Read More»

Amb. Godec Remarks Reception to Commemorate Women’s History Month

Hamjambo, mabibi na mabwana.  Mambo!  Habari zenu! Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.   Welcome. Tonight, we celebrate phenomenal women in Kenya and around the world. These women come from all walks of life and are exceptional for different reasons.  They are making countless contributions to building a better world, and doing so with wisdom, energy, compassion ... Read More»

Joint Statement by U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec, British High Commissioner Christian Turner, and Swiss Ambassador Jacques Pitteloud

The Governments of the United States, the United Kingdom and Switzerland welcome recent actions by the Kenyan Director of Public Prosecutions to combat corruption by ordering prosecutions in Kenya linked to the decade-old Anglo Leasing scandal. These orders and the subsequent arrests were important steps forward by the Government of Kenya in the critical fight ... Read More»

U.S. and East African Community Join to Increase Trade Competitiveness and Deepen Economic Ties

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and trade ministers from the East African Community (EAC) marked a milestone for  Trade Africa   today; signing a  Cooperation Agreement (PDF 247 KB – Get Adobe Reader ) that will increase trade-related capacity in the region and deepen the economic ties between the United States and the EAC. During the ceremony, Ambassador Froman announced that the ... Read More»

White House Nominates Ambassador to Somalia

President Obama, today, nominated Katherine S. Dhanani to serve as the first United States Ambassador to Somalia since 1991. This historic nomination signals the deepening relationship between the United States and Somalia. It also allows us to mark the progress of the Somali people toward emerging from decades of conflict. Somalia has considerable work ahead ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec National Elephant Conference

Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources, Professor Judi Wakhungu; Kenya Wildlife Service Director General William Kiprono; Kenya Wildlife Service Deputy Director Patrick Omondi; Distinguished guests. Waheshimiwa, mabibi na mabwana. Hamjambo! Habari zenu? I am honored to join you for the launch of Kenya’s National Elephant Conference. This conference is a critical step ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Launches the Women Corporate Directors Kenya Chapter

Hamjambo! Habari za asubuhi! Good morning. It is an honor to be here with some of Kenya’s most dynamic, distinguished, and accomplished executives! Thank you for the opportunity to join you in launching the Kenya chapter of Women Corporate Directors. This chapter joins a worldwide network of successful businesswomen who promote best practices in corporate ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Godec: Tusome Early Grade Reading Launch

President Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi,  Cabinet Secretary, Education, Science and Technology, Other Cabinet Secretaries, Senators and Members of Parliament, Principal Secretary, Dr. Christian Turner, and all dignitaries present; Ladies and gentlemen. Waheshimiwa, mabibi na mabwana, Hamjambo! Habari zenu? Leo, tupo hapa kuzindoa mupango mupya “Tusome.” Today, we are ... Read More»

UPDATE TO WORLDWIDE CAUTION

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, wishes to inform U.S. citizens enrolled in Kenya and Somalia that the U.S. Department of State has updated the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world.  Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with ... Read More»

Statement on Kenya’s Counterterrorism Effort

The U.S. Government is firmly committed to supporting Kenya’s efforts to defeat al-Shabaab and to ensure security of all of its citizens. We are disappointed, however, by the very limited time allowed for debate and consultation on the 2014 Security Laws (Amendment) Bill prior to its passage and enactment into law. We are also concerned ... Read More»

John Kerry and Susan Rice: South Sudan’s leaders need to set aside their dispute

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/john-kerry-and-susan-rice-south-sudans-leaders-need-to-set-aside-their-dispute/2014/12/15/0c85e056-847c-11e4-b9b7-b8632ae73d25_story.html John F. Kerry is secretary of state. Susan E. Rice is national security adviser. In 2011, the world’s newest nation was born amid joyous celebrations. The international community welcomed South Sudan not just with cheers but also with promises of help. The hope and promise of that day are now at grave risk of ... Read More»

JOINT PUBLIC STATEMENT ON THE KENYAN SECURITY LAWS (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2014

Below is a joint Public Statement by the listed Heads of Mission. Over the past two years, Kenya has faced extraordinary security challenges. As international partners and long-time friends, we stand with Kenya in the fight to defeat al-Shabaab and terrorism. In light of al-Shabaab’s attacks and ongoing threats, we welcome the effort by the ... Read More»

CIVIL UNREST ALONG CERTAIN BUS AND PUBLIC-SERVICE VEHICLE ROUTES

The U.S. Embassy wishes to inform U.S. citizens about recent incidents of civil unrest – some of which have become violent – that have occurred over the last few days along the Isiolo-Nairobi and Garissa-Nairobi routes used by buses and public-service vehicles, including the towns of Chaka, Karatina, and Mwingi.  The incidents appear to be ... Read More»

AGA KHAN FOUNDATION AND U. S. GOVERNMENT LAUNCH PARTNERSHIP TO STRENGTHEN CIVIL SOCIETY IN EAST AFRICA

The Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a partnership  agreement in Nairobi to support a four-year activity called the Yetu Initiative. Designed to empower Kenyan civil society organizations, the $6 million program will help Kenyan communities and civil society organizations jointly tackle the country’s most pressing challenges. “Yetu,” which ... Read More»

Secretary Kerry on International Anti-Corruption Day

U.S. Welcomes International Anticorruption Day On this day, International Anticorruption Day, the United States reiterates its commitment to working with its partners to combat the scourge of corruption. The moral and practical costs of corruption are no longer debatable. Corruption drives instability, popular protests, and revolutions. In some cases, these popular movements produce democratic reform, ... Read More»

The U.S.-Kenya Partnership in the 21st Century By Robert F. Godec, The U.S. Ambassador to Kenya

As Kenya nears its 51st Jamhuri Day, Kenyans have much to celebrate.  In recent years, Kenya has been on the move.  Manufacturing and retail are expanding, and the country has a vibrant telecommunications market.  Kenya is building infrastructure, and more Kenyans have access to education and health care.  Kenyans enjoy the benefits of a progressive ... Read More»

BLOG: Working With Africans To Focus, Partner, Achieve an AIDS-Free Generation Posted by Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Each week, nearly 25,000 adults and 3,600 children die from AIDS globally.  This includes nearly 18,000 adults and 3,400 children in sub-Saharan Africa alone.  While co-infection with tuberculosis is often the proximate cause of death, the unfortunate cause in far too many cases is stigma.  Stigma kills.  It’s that simple.  While we have made great ... Read More»

Focus, Partner, Achieve: Using Evidence to Achieve an AIDS-Free Generation in Kenya

Since the launch of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2003, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has used its expertise in epidemiology and laboratory systems, and its long-standing partnership in public health research in Kenya, to help the country develop more focused HIV interventions that are implemented when, ... Read More»

PEPFAR Announces Latest Results in U.S. Government’s Contribution to the HIV/AIDS Response

Fact Sheet Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Each year on World AIDS Day, The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announces its latest results. Since 2013, PEPFAR support in key program areas has expanded, including an increase in the number of people receiving live-saving antiretroviral treatment, pregnant woman receiving testing and counseling, ... Read More»

Kenya: Food Ration Cuts

Jeff Rathke Director, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of Press Relations Washington, DC The United States is profoundly concerned about funding shortfalls being experienced by humanitarian organizations in many places around the world. Nowhere is this shortfall more dire than in Africa. On November 14, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) announced that insufficient funding would force ... Read More»

American Corner Nakuru Kenya Hosts American Writer Shel Arensen

The American Corner (AC) Nakuru hosted over 500 primary and middle school students on November 22, to hear American author Shel Arensen, a long term resident of Kenya, speak about his life and work.  He spoke about his children’s books published by Word Alive, a Kenyan Press. The Rugendo Rhino Book series focuses on problem solving ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks at the AmCham Kenya Thanksgiving Ball, Villa Rosa Kempinski

(Minute of silence to remember the victims of the Mandera bus attack.)   Distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen; good evening. It is a pleasure to join you for the annual American Chamber of Commerce Kenya Thanksgiving Ball. Thanksgiving is, of course, a very special day for all Americans.  Its origins go back to the Plymouth ... Read More»

U.S. Government, UNDP and Ministry of Environment Launch Project to Support Low-Carbon Growth and Climate Adaptation in Kenya

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative Nardos Bekele-Thomas joined Kenyan Cabinet Secretary Professor Judi Wakhungu of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources on November 21, for the launch of the Ksh 670 million “Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development” project. The ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec at the Launch of the Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission and Climate Resilient Development Project

-As Delivered- Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources, Professor Judi Wakhungu; UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas; Dr. Richard Lesiyampe; Fellow development partners; Distinguished guests; Waheshimiwa, Mabibi na Mbwana,  Hamjambo! Habari zenu? It is an honor to be here this morning.  Today, the United States and Kenya join hands to reaffirm our ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Nairobi Supports African Women Entrepreneurship Program Training

Fifty women at the Dagoretti Empowerment Centre successfully completed two five-day U.S. Embassy Nairobi-sponsored entrepreneurship workshops on November 18, 2014.  Kawangware resident Viriginia Kinoro, an African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) alumna, led the workshops.  Cultural Affairs Officer Chris Snipes was present at the training and awarded the participants their certificates. The purpose of the training ... Read More»

U.S Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec’s Address to Kenyan Members of Parliament On MDG5, Maternal Mortality and Family Planning

Hon. Ekwe Ethuro, Speaker of the Senate; Hon. Jessica Mbalu, Representative for Hon. Justin Muturi; Representatives of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Devolution and Planning; UNFPA Country Representative, Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee; WHO Representative Ms. Marleen Temmerman; Members of the Senate; Members of the National Assembly; Members of the various House Committees; Invited ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Honors Fallen Members of the Armed Forces for Remembrance Day

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec together with Defense Attaché COL John M. Roddy observed Remembrance Day in Kenya on November 9, at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetary memorial site.  Every year a wreath is placed at the site to mark the sacrifices of Commonwealth service members who paid the ultimate sacrifice in both ... Read More»

American Corner Mombasa Celebrates Early Thanksgiving

U.S. Embassy Nairobi, through the American Corner (AC) Mombasa, partnered with several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Mombasa to explain and share the meaning of the American holiday, Thanksgiving.  AC Mombasa Coordinator Biasha O. Seif led the celebration involving over 200 people from the area. AC Coordinator Seif explained that Thanksgiving is a secular holiday and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Godec Wildlife Direct Reception at the Hemingways Hotel

Jaji Mkuu Willie Mutunga, Waheshimiwa, mabibi na mabwana.  Marafiki wa tembo! Hamjambo!  Habari za jioni? Good evening.  It is a pleasure to be here to join you in celebrating the one-year anniversary of the “Hands Off Our Elephants” Campaign.  As I look around the room, I see so many brilliant scientists, dedicated advocates, and exceptional ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Nairobi Sponsors Women for Business Training in Dagoretti

U.S. Embassy Nairobi sponsored two five-day entrepreneur workshops for 50 women at the Dagoretti Empowerment Centre on November 5.  The workshops were led by Kawangware resident Viriginia Kinoro, an African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) alumna. The purpose of the training was to enhance knowledge and capacity to manage and run businesses and to provide practical ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks for K-Sales Official Launch (Livestock Program)

Hamjambo, mabibi na mabwana! Habari zenu? Thank you for the warm welcome.  It is a pleasure to join the Honorable Felix Koskei, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture and the Chairman and CEO of the Kenya Meat Commission to launch the Kenya Semi-Arid Livestock Enhancement Support program – known as K-Sales – in support of Kenyan livestock ... Read More»

Statement by the President on the First-Annual International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

History shows that a free press remains a critical foundation for prosperous, open, and secure societies, allowing citizens to access information and hold their governments accountable. Indeed, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reiterates the fundamental principle that every person has the right “to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media and ... Read More»

AC Lamu Supports Recruitment of Young African Leaders

American Corner (AC) Lamu hosted an event on October 28, introducing youth in the area to the Mandela Washington Fellowship, a program under U.S. President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The initiative involves young leaders from across Africa studying from 4-6 weeks at institutions of higher learning in the United States. AC Lamu ... Read More»

USAID Expands PEER Global Research Program to Address Wildlife Conservation and Trafficking in Kenya

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) is calling for research proposals. Kenyan researchers are invited to apply for funding for activities that enhance wildlife conservation and address wildlife trafficking.  PEER is a competitive grants program that supports researchers engaged in collaborative, development-focused research with U.S. government-funded ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: The U.S. Government’s Response to Ebola at Home and Abroad

At the President’s direction, the U.S. Government is coordinating and operationalizing a comprehensive strategy to respond to the threat of Ebola here at home, enhance our broader domestic preparedness, and contain the epidemic in West Africa. The President’s priority is the health and safety of Americans, and he has directed his team to take all ... Read More»

Two Terms and Done

By Linda Thomas-Greenfield , U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs In early August, U.S. and African leaders had their first opportunity to discuss security, economic growth, development and good governance during the U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington. Over the course of three days, President Obama and the leaders of some 50 African countries discussed strategies to ... Read More»

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Supports Kenya’s First Mass Casualty Incident Simulation Exercise

Humanitarian Peace Support School U.S. Embassy Nairobi, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), supported Kenya’s first Mass Casualty Incident Exercise on October 9.  The simulation took place at the Humanitarian Peace Support School (HPSS) and included a controlled inter-agency disaster response simulation and a practical session on how to improve disaster management. ... Read More»

U.S Embassy Nairobi Launches New American Corner in Nakuru, Kenya

U.S. Embassy Nairobi Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Isiah Parnell launched a new American Corner (AC) at the Nakuru Public Library, October 3.  Nakuru is one of Kenya’s fastest growing communities, located in central Kenya. Over 400 people from the local community attended the event including Nakuru County officials, teachers and students of all ages ... Read More»

USAID Supports the Mombasa Butterfly House

After years of planning, design, and construction, the Mombasa Butterfly House has taken flight.  Over the past three months Exhibit Curator Maria Fungomeli and staff have welcomed more than 1,700 visitors, including 1,400 school kids. The butterfly house, located next to the historic Fort Jesus Monument in Mombasa, showcases the biodiversity of coastal forests and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Nairobi Attends Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to Launch IGS Operations in Kenya

LAUNCH OF IGS OPERATIONS IS EXPECTED TO CREATE OVER 4000 DIRECT AND INDIRECT JOBS AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR KENYAN YOUTH BY END OF 2015 U.S. Embassy Nairobi Economic Counselor David Renz joined Cabinet Secretary for Lands, Housing and Urban Development Charity Ngilu, along with executives from International Green Structures (IGS) on September 30, to celebrate ... Read More»

USAID Supports Mass Net Distribution Exercises in Western Kenya to Reduce Cases of Malaria

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) supported the Mass Net Distribution exercise in Western Kenya on September 27.  This program is carried out every five years and involves members of the public receiving bed nets to protect them against malaria carrying mosquitos. In order to be eligible to receive a net, community members registered ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Catches the Reading Bug at 17th International Bookfair, Sarit Center

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec attended the 17th Nairobi –  International Bookfair held at Sarit Center Expo Hall on September 26.  The Bookfair is organized annually by the Kenya Publishers Association.   Events included workshops and seminars on topical issues, children activities, seminars on how to get a book published, book sales and book launches. ... Read More»

The U.S.-Kenya Partnership in the 21st Century Ambassador Robert F. Godec’s Speech at the University of Nairobi

-As Prepared- Hamjambo, mabibi na mabwana!  Habari zenu? Thank you Vice Chancellor Magoha for that introduction, and thank you to everyone for attending.  Asanteni sana. It is wonderful to be here at the University of Nairobi with some of the best and brightest young minds from universities and colleges across Kenya.  I remember well my ... Read More»

Ambassador Robert F. Godec Remarks for Envirofit International and Mama Sarah Obama Foundation Institutional Stove Launch

– As Prepared – Hamjambo, mabibi na mabwana. Habari za mchana! Good afternoon. Since 2009, the Mama Sarah Obama Foundation has worked to build strong households by supporting poverty-stricken families.  Since 2007, Envirofit International has worked to reduce indoor air pollution through economically-sustainable enterprises in emerging markets.  Together, these two organizations have done amazing things in ... Read More»

Statement of U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec on the Anniversary of the September 21 Terrorist Attack at Westgate Mall, Nairobi, Kenya

Today marks one year since the terrible attack at the Westgate Shopping Mall in which al-Shabaab terrorists killed or wounded nearly 300 innocent people.  I once again express my deepest sympathy to everyone who suffered from this senseless act of violence and I join Kenyans and many others around the world in remembering those who ... Read More»

CDC Kenya staff support the Ebola Outbreak Response

Since the onset of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, CDC Kenya staff including Kevin DeCock, Joel Montgomery, John Neatherlin, Barry Fields, Bonventure Juma and Clayton Onyango have been deployed to Liberia as part of the outbreak response team. Clayton Onyango is the Deputy Lab Director at CDC Kenya’s Division of Global Health Protection. He ... Read More»

A Celebration of American and Kenyan Art Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Godec

Wasanii, wageni waheshimiwa, mabibi na mabwana. Hamjambo! Habari za jioni! Karibuni nyumbani kwetu. Thank you all for coming this evening.  My wife Lori and I are pleased to welcome you to our home and to this celebration of American and Kenyan art. Art is a truly universal form of expression whose magical power transcends cultural ... Read More»

Ambassador Robert F. Godec Remarks for the Launch of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority Strategic Plan

The Honorable Justice Philip Ransley; Inspector General Kimaiyo; Representatives of the Ministry of Interior, National Police Service Commission, and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution; Macharia Njeru, Chairman of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority; IPOA board members; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen. Thank you to the Independent Policing Oversight Authority for inviting me ... Read More»

United States Joins Kenya for Culmination of National Nutrition Week

The U.S. Government Devotes Approximately Ksh 1.4 Billion Yearly to Nutrition Activities in Kenya U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Kenya Mission Director Karen Freeman joined Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Health James Macharia on September 5, for the culmination of National Nutrition Week, and to launch the revised national nutrition and HIV guidelines, ... Read More»

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Death of Ahmed Godane

Today, the Department of Defense confirmed that Ahmed Godane, the leader of al-Shabaab, is dead as a result of a U.S. military targeted airstrike in Somalia undertaken over the weekend.  Godane’s removal is a major symbolic and operational loss to the largest al-Qaida affiliate in Africa and reflects years of painstaking work by our intelligence, ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Signing Ceremony for Wildlife Grants through The U.S. Department of State Bureau of INL

At the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Hamjambo mabibi na mabwana.  Habari zenu. Thank you and good afternoon. Cabinet Secretary Wakhungu; Distinguished guests; Ladies and Gentlemen. It is a pleasure to join you at this signing ceremony that underscores the U.S.-Kenyan partnership to help protect Kenya’s wildlife.  Wildlife conservation is a top priority for ... Read More»

Ambassador Robert F. Godec Remarks at Shining Hope Community Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Mathare

Hamjambo, mabibi na mabwana!  Habari zenu. It is a great pleasure to join everyone here today to celebrate Shining Hope’s expansion into an entirely new community.  That you have done so, and so quickly, is a testament to the help and support of the entire community: from the private sponsors who provided financing to volunteers ... Read More»

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Signing Ceremony for Wildlife Grants Agreement

Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec together with the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources signed a Wildlife Grant Agreement through the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) on September 1.  In 2013, President Obama announced $10 million in U.S. government funding ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Attends Ambassador’s Special Self-Help Fund Grant Signing Ceremony

U.S Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec signed new agreements for six recipients of the Ambassador’s Self Help Fund Grants on August 26, to promote income generation, clean water, and better health in different communities throughout Kenya. Six Community-Based Organizations will receive funding from the Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund, and will execute projects in the Coast ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks at the Launch of the African Women Entrepreneurship Program-Kenya Strategic Plan

AFRALTI Conference Center Hamjambo mabibi na mabwana.  Habari zenu?  Thank you and good morning. Zohra Baraka, Chairperson of AWEP-Kenya; AWEP Board Members; Leaders of of the East African Trade Hub and the AFRALTI Center; Distinguished guests; Ladies and Gentlemen: I am grateful for the opportunity to join you in launching this strategic plan for the ... Read More»

Wreath Laying Ceremony – 16th Anniversary of the Attack on the U.S. Embassy Nairobi on August 7, 1998

Chargé d’Affaires Isiah Parnell joined U.S. Embassy Nairobi employees and family members in a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the August 7, 1998 bomb attack on the U.S. Embassy, then located in downtown Nairobi.  224 people were killed during the attack and over 4,000 people were wounded. The ceremony honored the ... Read More»

We Have a Moral Obligation to Support Africa’s Progress By Barack Obama, President of the United States

Published in McLatchy Papers ___________________________________________________________ Here’s a quick quiz. Which statement describes Africa today? _ Home to some of the fastest-growing economies in the world, it boasts a growing middle class that is expected to expand to more than a billion consumers in the coming decades. _ With the continent a growing destination for foreign ... Read More»

Remarks at the Civil Society Forum Global Townhall

Townhall John Kerry Secretary of State National Academy of Sciences Washington, DC SECRETARY KERRY: Well, good morning, everybody. Thank you, Linda, very, very much for opening this exciting beginning of a very exciting three days, and we’re really delighted to welcome everybody here. Thank you all for joining us this morning to have a candid ... Read More»

President Obama Welcomes Leaders from Across Africa to Washington, DC

The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit is an historic opportunity to strengthen ties with our African partners and highlight America’s longstanding commitment to investing in Africa’s development and its people. The Summit theme, “Investing in the Next Generation,” reflects the common ambition to leave our nations better for future generations by making concrete gains in peace and ... Read More»

Fact Sheets from the U.S.- Africa Leaders Summit

On August 4, the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit focused on civil society and open government, global health, women’s issues and gender equality, food security and climate change, wildlife trafficking, and the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). On August 5, the activities continue, with the U.S. Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies co-hosting the first-ever ... Read More»

Remarks at the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Ministerial

Remarks: John Kerry Secretary of State World Bank Washington, DC ________________________________________________________________________________________ Well, President Kim, Jim, thank you very, very much for your welcome. Welcome to all of you here, and I appreciate your – the substance of your comments. And I also appreciate your generous comments regarding my privilege of being here as Secretary. (Laughter.) ... Read More»

REMARKS BY THE FIRST LADY AT THE SUMMIT OF THE MANDELA WASHINGTON FELLOWSHIP FOR YOUNG AFRICAN LEADERS

The Omni Shoreham Hotel Washington, D.C.     MRS. OBAMA:  Oh, my goodness.  Look at you all!  (Applause.)  Oh, please sit, sit.  Rest.  (Laughter.)  How has everything been?  Exciting?  So you’ve talked to a lot of important people — my husband, he was here.  (Applause.)  That’s good.  And a few other people?  You’ve been traveling ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Nairobi Hosts Kenyan Students

150 student leaders from nine Kenyan universities filled the lobby of U.S. Embassy Nairobi on July 28, to watch the live broadcast of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Town Hall meeting in Washington, D.C. with the 500 Mandela Washington Fellows of 2014.  The students were greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec, who reminded ... Read More»

BD & PEPFAR Launch Multi-Year Labs for Life Initiative in Kenya

Program Focuses on Strengthening Healthcare Systems, Starting with Accreditation for 10 Laboratories  BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), today launched Labs for Life in Kenya, ... Read More»

KEBS and USAID Launch ‘Notify Kenya TBT’ to Meet WTO Standards

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Karen Freeman joined Ms. Lucy Ikonya, Trade Affairs Manager of the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) on July 21, to launch an electronic notification system called “Notify Kenya TBT.”  It will allow KEBS to more efficiently inform private and public sector stakeholders of notifications on technical regulations and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Joins First Lady to Launch Rotavirus Vaccine in Kenya

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Karen Freeman joined First Lady of Kenya Margaret Kenyatta and Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health, James Macharia to launch the inclusion of the rotavirus vaccine into the Kenya Expanded Program on Immunization on July 16 in Machakos County. The introduction of the rotavirus vaccine will address a ... Read More»

Kenya Defense Chief Honors the Fallen

Gen. Julius Waweru Karangi, Chief of the Kenya Defense Forces, participated in an Armed Forces Full Honors Wreath Laying ceremony with Maj. Gen. Jeffery S. Buchanan, U.S. Army Military District of Washington commanding general at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Following the wreath laying ceremony, Karangi visited ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Nairobi Supports New Evidence-Based Tool for Policymakers

DemDiv offers a plan of action to achieve a demographic dividend in Kenya United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Karen Freeman joined Ministry of Devolution and Planning Economic Secretary Stephen Wainaina and Dr. Josephine Kibaru, Director General of the National Council for Population and Development on July 15, to announce a new ... Read More»

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Parnell Hands Over Aviation Security Equipment to Kenya

Ksh 60 million in equipment and training to improve airline safety Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Isiah Parnell, handed over Ksh 60 million in aviation security equipment on July 15, to Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Eng. Michael Kamau; Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury, Henry Rotich; and Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) ... Read More»

USAID Launches Environment and Natural Resource Management Office IN Kenya

New Office Builds on 50 Years of Conservation Partnership Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy Nairobi, Isiah Parnell, joined the Environment Secretary for the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Dr. Alice Akinyi Kaudia, on July 10, to jointly launch a new Environment and Natural Resource Management (ENRM) office for the U.S. Agency for ... Read More»

LiveAtState Virtual Press Conference with Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield

MS. JENSEN:  Good afternoon and welcome to LiveAtState, the State Department’s interactive web chat platform for engaging international media.  I’m your host, Holly Jensen, and today I’m delighted to welcome Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield.  Today she’s going to be speaking with you about U.S.-Africa relations, the YALI Summit, and the U.S.-Africa Leaders ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Godec Independence Day Reception

Waheshimiwa, mabibi na mabwana, hamjambo, habari zenu, habari za jioni!  Mambo vipi!  Ningependa kuchukua fursa hii kuwakaribisha kwa sherehe hii ya sikukuu ya uhuru.  Karibuni nyote stareheni! Welcome, distinguished guests, and ladies and gentlemen to the 238thcelebration of America’s independence. I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to organize this year’s party, ... Read More»

Washington Fellows Presidential Summit Starts on July 28

In advance of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, 500 of Africa’s most talented and inspiring young people will come together for a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellows Presidential Summit in Washington, DC on July 28-30.  This summit will give young African leaders studying in the United States the opportunity to meet with President Barack ... Read More»

More Than 55,000 Farmers Plant 13 Million Trees to Offset Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently completed a five-year reforestation partnership (Global Development Alliance) with The International Small Group and Tree Planting Program (TIST), which encouraged more than 55,000 farmers to plant 13 million trees and learn sustainable agricultural practices.  The TIST program enhanced community participation and encouraged good governance and leadership within and among ... Read More»

Sister Park Agreement Signed Between Sibiloi National Park and Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington, D.C.  Officials from Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and National Museums of Kenya and the U.S. National Park Service (NPS) signed a Sister Park Agreement between Sibiloi National Park in Northern Kenya and Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument in the United States on June 27.  The five year agreement between the sister ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks for the Launch of the Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey 2012 Final Report

Panafric Hotel Cabinet Secretary for Health, the Honorable James Macharia; Principal Secretary, Professor Fred Segor; Director of Medical Services, Dr. Frances Kimani; Director of Promotive and Preventive Services, Dr. William Maina; and Head of the National AIDS and STI Control Programme, Dr. Martin Sirengo. Hamjambo!  Habari zenu.  Good morning. Thank you so much for the ... Read More»

Kenya is Highlighted at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Kenya: Mambo Poa   Kenya is a country of deeply rooted traditions and a vibrant cultural crossroads.  Some of the oldest artifacts of human communities have been discovered in Kenya, making the East African country truly a cradle of humanity. Today, it is a dynamic nation that links its prehistoric past to new cultural expressions ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Helps Launch AIDS Survey Report

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec joined Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Health Honorable James Macharia on June 25, to launch the final report of the 2012 Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey (KAIS 2012) and Kenya’s revised HIV treatment guidelines. The 2012 survey was Kenya’s second national survey which provides Kenya with the information it needs ... Read More»

Amb. Godec remarks – Chevy Trailblazer unveiling

Ms. Rita Kavashe, Managing Director, GM East Africa… and Vice President-elect of the American Chamber of Commerce!, Distinguished guests; Hamjambo mabibi na mabwana.  Habari zenu!  Good evening. I am happy to be here today to welcome the Chevy Trailblazer to Kenya, and to celebrate the strong ties between General Motors, a great American company, and ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Tours the International Organization for Migration Screening Facility

World Refugee Day U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec visited the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Turkana County on June 20, to commemorate World Refugee Day.  While at the camp, Ambassador Godec toured the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Screening Facility.  He visited the lab and radiology unit of the facility and offered a band-aid ... Read More»

U.S. Condemns Al-Shabaab Terrorist Attack in Mpeketoni

Press Statement by Jen Psaki, Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson in Washington, DC The United States strongly condemns the Al-Shabaab terrorist attack on the coastal town of Mpeketoni, Kenya overnight that killed dozens of people.  We offer our deepest condolences to those that have lost loved ones and to persons injured in the attacks. ... Read More»

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks for World Blood Donor Day

Your Excellency, Margaret Kenyatta, First Lady of the Republic of Kenya; Honorable James Macharia, Cabinet Secretary for Health; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen. Hamjambo!  Habari zenu!  Thank you for inviting me to participate in World Blood Donor Day.  I want to thank the Ministry of Health, the National Blood Transfusion Service, and all the organizers ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Visits Bethel Outreach Education Center in Kibera

Students demonstrated the impact that an inspired teacher can have on early grade learning The U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec joined teachers, parents and education officials at the Bethel Outreach Education Centre in Kibera on June 13, 2014.  Class 1 and Class 2 pupils from the densely populated, informal Kibera neighborhood demonstrated their ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Hosts a Send-off Honoring the 46 Kenyans Chosen for the Washington Fellowship of the Young African Leaders In

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec hosted a send-off on June 12, honoring the 46 Kenyans chosen to be a part of the Washington Fellowship for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). YALI was launched by U.S. President Barack Obama to support young African leaders as they work to spur growth and prosperity, strengthen ... Read More»

2014 YALI Washington Fellows Departure Reception Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Godec

Hamjambo mabibi na mabwana. Good evening, and thank you for joining me to celebrate and honor the 46 young Kenyan leaders who will participate as Washington Fellows in President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.  The 24 women and 22 men who make up the 2014 Washington Fellowship group possess impressive credentials and diversity.  They include ... Read More»

Press Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec On the Death of Sheikh Mohammed Idris

The United States condemns the murder of Council of Imam and Preachers of Kenya Chairman Sheikh Mohammed Idris in Likoni this morning.  We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Sheikh Idris. We call for calm and restraint on the coast, and underscore the need to prevent any possible spread of violence.  ... Read More»

The United States is Committed to Working with Kenya on Security – Op-ed by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec

At the 50-year mark, the partnership between the United States and Kenya is broad and robust.  It rests on a rock solid foundation of shared values and interests.  Americans work side by side with Kenyans to achieve a wide range of common goals.  We support Kenya as it works to educate its children, deliver health ... Read More»

Information for Kenyan Media Attending the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit In Washington, D.C. in August

As announced by the White House, the United States will host the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, August 5 and Wednesday, August 6, 2014.  This historic summit, the first of its kind, will bring leaders from across the African continent to the nation’s capital and further strengthen ties with one ... Read More»

Madaraka Day

Madaraka ya heri. Congratulations to Kenya on its 51st anniversary of self-rule.  It is important to take time each year to remember the heroic sacrifices of countless Kenyans to attain the nation’s freedom.  The courageous actions of those men and women resonate to this day.  As Kenyans continue to build their great country, they honor ... Read More»

The U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) Supports Funzo Kenya in Improving Health Care

Funzo Kenya supports the Government of Kenya’s efforts to make changes to its health worker education and training systems.  The program works across the public and private sectors to strengthen pre-service education of health workers, increase the number of health workers graduating from Kenya’s medical training institutions, improve access to training for existing health workers, ... Read More»

Northern Rangelands Trust Reduces Elephant Poaching in Its Conservancies by 22 Percent

Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT) community rangers, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), use geographic information system (GIS) mapping to provide a reliable record of elephant mortalities across the Samburu-Laikipia ecosystem for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species’ Monitoring of Illegal Killing of Elephants and for internal conservancies’ use in ... Read More»

Remarks by the President at the United States Military Academy Commencement Ceremony U.S. Military Academy-West Point

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much.  Thank you.  And thank you, General Caslen, for that introduction.  To General Trainor, General Clarke, the faculty and staff at West Point — you have been outstanding stewards of this proud institution and outstanding mentors for the newest officers in the United States Army.  I’d like ... Read More»

eLibraryUSA Helps University Student Leader Become an A Student

The U.S. Embassy Nairobi’s American Reference Center (ARC) hosted over 50 University of Nairobi law students for an introduction to the ARC and the eLibraryUSA on May 21, 2014.  ARC Deputy Director Nashon Akello introduced the students to relevant full-text databases that included ebrary, Academic One File, Business Source Premier and GREENR to enable the ... Read More»

U. S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Hosts a Reception for Partners in a Unique Scholarship Program

The U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec hosted a reception for a scholarship and empowerment program, the Global Give Back Circle, on May 15.  The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) partners with Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) and several Kenyan private sector entities to provide scholarships for close to 600 at-risk Kenyan youth. ... Read More»

LiveAtState Virtual Press Conference with Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield

MS. JENSEN:  Hi, welcome to LiveAtState, the State Department’s interactive web chat platform for engaging international media.  I am delighted to welcome those of you joining us from around the continent in Africa today.  I would like to send a special shout-out to those of you joining us from our watch parties in the Democratic ... Read More»

Commitment to Africa Remarks by John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State

Hallelujah, thank you very much for a spectacular introduction. Thank you for even getting out of the city and up into the mountains. And everything is so beautiful. This is an extraordinary building, and I just had the pleasure of walking out on the veranda here and enjoying the view. I understand this is the ... Read More»

American Corner Kisumu Celebrates World Press Freedom Day

U.S. Embassy Nairobi, through the American Corner (AC) Kisumu, celebrated World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2014.  Over 150 youth from local film and theater companies attended the celebration, along with numerous local media representatives.  Entertaining skits, dancing and lively music were used to emphasize the importance of freedom of speech and of the ... Read More»

“Commitment to Africa” Policy Speech

Gullele Botanic Park Addis Ababa, Ethiopia SECRETARY KERRY:  Hallelujah, thank you very much for a spectacular introduction.  Thank you for even getting out of the city and up into the mountains.  And everything is so beautiful.  This is an extraordinary building, and I just had the pleasure of walking out on the veranda here and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Nairobi Cultural Affairs Office Launches “Step Up: Empowering Girls through Sports”

U.S. Embassy Nairobi Cultural Affairs Officer Raymond Stephens launched Step Up: Empowering Girls through Sports at Mathare Youth Association Headquarters on April 22.  Step Up is a Global Sports Mentoring Project for girls aged 13 – 18 years.  40 girls from 16 different slum areas of Nairobi attended the launch which included exercises and a football ... Read More»

USAID Announces Global Development Alliance Opportunities to Expand Youth Leadership Centers

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announces an opportunity for partnership to advance regional youth centers through its Global Development Alliance (GDA).  GDAs are USAID’s premiere model for public-private partnerships, helping to improve the social and economic conditions in developing countries and deepen USAID’s development impact.  USAID is currently exploring partnerships to leverage non-governmental ... Read More»

CDC Works with Government of Kenya to Fight Malaria

World Malaria Day April 25th is World Malaria Day and an important time to focus on this year’s theme: Invest in the Future, Defeat Malaria.  Malaria is a significant public health threat globally.  In 2012, 627,000 people died from the disease and most were young children in sub-Saharan Africa.  According to reports from hospitals and ... Read More»

Statement by the Press Secretary on South Sudan

We are horrified by reports out of South Sudan that fighters aligned with rebel leader Riek Machar massacred hundreds of innocent civilians last week in Bentiu. Images and accounts of the attacks shock the conscience: stacks of bodies found dead inside a mosque, patients murdered at a hospital, and dozens more shot and killed in ... Read More»

46 Kenyans Selected for Inaugural YALI Washington Fellowship

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi is proud to announce that 46 Kenyans have been invited to participate in the first ever Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellowship.  These outstanding young Kenyan leaders will travel to the United States in June with over 450 other young African leaders for a six week program at one ... Read More»