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

  U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kirsten Madison  Opening Remarks (As Prepared) for the International Society of Drug Use Professionals (ISSUP) Fourth Annual Workshop Nairobi, Kenya, December 10, 2018   Thank you for the kind introduction and thank you to NACADA for hosting us here in sunny Nairobi.  A workshop of this magnitude is no ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks for the Kenya Editors Guild First Annual Editors’ Convention

December 8, 2018, at 9:00 am, Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel Cabinet Secretary Mucheru, Chairman Otieno, Ladies and gentlemen of the media, And assembled guests, Hamjambo. Habari zenu? I’m very pleased to join you today for the inaugural Editors’ Convention, bringing together media owners, editors, and journalists to examine the state of Kenya’s media as part ...
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UNITED STATES PROVIDES $14.3 MILLION TO WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME TO SUPPORT REFUGEES IN KENYA

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 ...
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Ambassador Robert F. Godec’s Remarks U.S. Government World AIDS Day Commemoration

Ambassador Robert F. Godec’s Remarks U.S. Government World AIDS Day Commemoration November 30th, 2018 Kibera Community Health Center, Nairobi, Kenya Dr. Kigen Bartilol, Head of NASCOP, Honorable Cecilia Ayot, Kibra Member Chief of Assembly, Dr. Meshack Ndirangu, Director of Amref Health Africa in Kenya, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen. Mabibi na mabwana, hamjambo? It’s a ...
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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO – The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Violence against women is a global issue that affects millions of people annually.  Every woman and girl deserves a life free from violence.  The Unites States is committed to advancing gender equality and preventing and responding to all forms of violence against women and girls, ...
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United States Gives KDF New Armored Personnel Carriers for Border Surveillance

Nairobi, Monday, November 19, 2018– The United States government has given 12 Bastion Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) to the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) to improve border surveillance. The APCs will support KDF’s efforts in the fight against extremists, including the use of improvised explosive devices (IED), along the border region. Defeating the threat of IEDs ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Mission to Somalia (10 November, 2018)

Location: Mogadishu, Somalia Event: The U.S. Mission to Somalia reminds U.S. citizens that terrorists continue to plan attacks against hotels, guesthouses, and office buildings.  These groups may also target public gatherings, demonstrations, and other public and private locations. Actions to Take: Review your personal security plans and carry a communication device. Notify a trusted person of your ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks for KQ Direct Flight to New York City Launch Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

Ambassador Godec’s Remarks For KQ Direct Flight to New York City Launch Jomo Kenyatta International Airport October 28, 2018 Waheshimiwa, mabibi na mabwana, hamjambo! Habari za jioni? This is an historic day for Kenya and the United States!  And I am very glad to be here to share it with you.  If there’s one phrase ...
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VOTING IN THE 2018 U.S. ELECTIONS

U.S. EMBASSY NAIROBI Information Message for U.S. Citizens  VOTING IN THE 2018 U.S. ELECTIONS October 1, 2018 The Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website (FVAP.gov) is your one-stop shop for submitting your November ballot. Go to FVAP.gov and select your state. Note the state’s registration, ballot request and ballot return deadlines. If you already registered by submitting ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks for National Dialogue Conference September 11, 2018

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, ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks at Inaugural ASAL Conference

Remarks by Ambassador Godec Inaugural Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASAL) Conference  Malindi, Kilifi County Wednesday, September 5, 2018   Your Excellency Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretary, Eugene Wamalwa, Governor Nanok, the Chair of Council of Governors Governors, Cabinet Secretaries, Senators and Members of the National Assembly, Diplomatic Colleagues, Waheshimiwa; Mabibi na Mabwana; Hamjambo! ...
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Ambassador Godec Op-Ed on President Kenyatta’s Visit to Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Godec Op-Ed on President Kenyatta’s Visit to Washington, D.C. The recent White House meeting between President Donald Trump and President Uhuru Kenyatta raised U.S.-Kenya bilateral relations to new heights, advancing our shared commitment to prosperity, security, and good governance. A highlight of the visit was the launch of our new Strategic Partnership, which will ...
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Joint Release By USTR Robert Lighthizer And Kenyan Cabinet Secretary For Industry, Trade And Cooperatives, Peter Munya

Joint Release By USTR Robert Lighthizer And Kenyan Cabinet Secretary For Industry, Trade And Cooperatives, Peter Munya Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Peter Munya (represented by Trade Principal Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo in Washington, DC) today announced the establishment of a U.S.-Kenya Trade ...
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Joint Statement from President Donald J. Trump and President Uhuru Kenyatta

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 27, 2018 Joint Statement from President Donald J. Trump and President Uhuru Kenyatta President Donald J. Trump welcomed President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya to the White House today.  In marking 55 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Kenya, and in ...
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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 ...
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Ambassador Godec’s Remarks During the Launch of the Multi-Sectoral Forum Anti-Corruption Initiative

Ambassador Godec’s Launch of the Multi-Sectoral Forum Anti-Corruption Initiative Thursday, August 9, at 7:30 a.m., Intercontinental Hotel Distinguished guests; Ladies and gentlemen; Mabibi na mabwana; Hamjambo!  Habari zenu?   I am very pleased to be with you today to help launch the National Multi-Sectoral Forum’s Anti-Corruption Initiative!  I want to thank all the organizers for ...
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Op-Ed by Ambassador Godec on the 20th Commemoration of the August 7th U.S. Embassy Bombings

Op-Ed by U.S. Ambassador Robert F. Godec on the 20th Commemoration of the August 7th U.S. Embassy Bombings Twenty years ago, evil showed its terrible face in Kenya and in Tanzania.  In the middle of a busy Friday morning, al-Qa’ida terrorists exploded bombs outside the U.S. Embassies here in Nairobi and in Dar es Salaam.  Their horrific ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Nairobi (August 6, 2018)

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Nairobi (August 6, 2018) 20th Anniversary of U.S. Embassy bombing Location: Kenya, countrywide Event: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 is the 20th anniversary of the bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Although we have no information on threats associated with the anniversary, we encourage a ...
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Somalia — Travel Advisory — Level 4: Do Not Travel

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 ...
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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 ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Godec at American Independence Day Reception

Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Godec American Independence Day Reception July 3, 2018     Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Macharia Kamau; Waheshimiwa, mabibi na mabwana, hamjambo! Hamjambo tena! Habari zenu? Mambo vipi?  Poa, poa, bila shaka! Karibuni sana na asanteni sana kwa kufika hapa jioni hii. Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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 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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.  ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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.
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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.
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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: ...
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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.
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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.
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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 ...
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Afya Elimu Fund Launch

The Government of Kenya and the United States launched the Afya Elimu Fund (AEF), a public-private partnership initiative aimed at providing low interest loans to cover tuition fees for needy students in medical training colleges.
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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.
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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 ...
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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!
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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! ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.) ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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) ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.  ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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BROKEN DREAMS – a Documentary

The U.S. Embassy Nairobi, through American Corners (AC) Mombasa, hosted a showing of the documentary “Broken Dreams” at Leven House in Mombasa on April 12.  “Broken Dreams” is a documentary film about the vanishing Somali youth of Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States. The movie highlights young Somali boys that decided to give up everything ...
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USAID Supports Women Leadership Campaign in Kenya

USAID Mission Director Karen Freeman joined local NGOs, public and private media houses and personalities in Kenya to launch Women in the Red, a media campaign designed to raise the profile of Kenyan women as leaders. The campaign just aired the first season of a 10-episode documentary film series on the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC). ...
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USAID Joins Kisumu Water Utility to Commission Nyamasaria Water System

USAID supported financing allows KIWASCO to offer water service at affordable rates The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director for Kenya, Karen Freeman, joined the Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company (KIWASCO) to commission a water distribution system that serves 16,000 people and seven schools in the Nyamasaria area of Kisumu. Through its Sustainable ...
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The American People Support Women’s Leadership Campaign

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Kenya Mission Director Karen Freeman joined development partners, the Ford Foundation, Independent Television Service, and CARE International to launch Women in the Red, a media campaign designed to raise the profile of Kenyan women as leaders.  In collaboration with local NGOs, public television, and media partners, the Women in ...
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USAID Supports Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Homa Bay, Kisii, and Migori

Three Kenyan organizations tapped to coordinate care for 20,000 children The United States has partnered with the Government of Kenya for 50 years to improve the lives of Kenya’s children.  Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) continued that support by launching the Wezesha Project for orphans and vulnerable children.  Wezesha Project is a ...
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Ambassador Robert F. Godec Statement On the Recent Violence on the Kenyan Coast

The United States deplores the recent violence on the Kenyan coast, including the murder of Muslim cleric Sheikh Abubakar Shariff, known as Makaburi, and a second individual yesterday, as well as the attack at a church in Likoni on March 23. We join Kenyan community, civil society, and religious leaders in calling for calm and ...
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YALI Fellows Picked

46 Young Kenyan Leaders Chosen for the YALI Fellowship 2014 Forty-six outstanding young Kenyan leaders, selected from over 5,000 applicants, have been invited to participate in U.S. President Obama’s first-ever Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellowship.  The 46 Kenyans will join 450 other exceptional leaders from across Africa in a six-week academic and training program ...
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Simple Gifts Mean Safer Childbirth in Western Kenya

Community provides gifts to encourage women to give birth in a health facility High-pitched ululations resound at the Kahawa Dispensary in Borabu, Nyamira County, Kenya.  Health workers and patients are celebrating the safe delivery of twin boys.  In Kenya, one mother dies every hour from pregnancy related causes, especially at the time of delivery.  Over ...
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Kenyans Adapt to Climate Change, 50 Shillings at a Time

New types of livelihoods feed families while protecting the forests Jenerica Aule, 32, is a widowed mother of 4 and the sole breadwinner of her family.  Charcoal production and selling used to be her only source of income. “The charcoal business is strenuous,” she says. “I used to make between 600 to 1,000 shillings [$7-$11] every two ...
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Remote areas grapple with critical shortage of health workers

Some health facilities are abuzz with health workers attending to patients at every corner.  But, the Kyaango dispensary in rural Kitui County, Kenya, has only one health worker.  Lenah Gatwiri is the village’s only registered community health nurse, serving more than 6,000 people.  Since her first day at work in 2011, Gatwiri has committed to ...
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U. S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks for Envirofit International Institutional Stove Launch

Good Morning.  Nzuri asubuhi! Thank you, Ron Bills and colleagues at Envirofit for the invitation to speak today and to Makini School for hosting this special event. I am pleased to be here with you in support of Envirofit’s launch of their new institutional cookstove.  Indoor air pollution – pollution from traditional cookstoves – is ...
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Ambassador Godec remarks on the Transfer of Camp Kiboko to Kenyan Navy

Principal Secretary for Defense Ambassador Monica Juma, Commander of the Kenyan Navy Major General Ngewa Mukala, Ladies and Gentlemen.  Good morning!  Habari za asabuhi! Six years ago, this camp was established by the U.S. government in partnership with the Kenyan government.  The camp’s mission was to provide training and equipment to Kenya’s Maritime Police and ...
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USAID Launches New Tuberculosis Program for Kenya

Ksh 3.5 billion will support Ministry efforts to further prevent and control TB U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec joined the Cabinet Secretary of Kenya’s Ministry of Health James Macharia to mark World Tuberculosis Day by launching the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) TB Accelerated Response and Care activity.  The U.S. Government works with ...
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U.S. Embassy Nairobi Lectures on Security Issues at United States International University

U.S. Embassy Nairobi Political Officer Nate Macklin promoted U.S. – Kenya relations with a lecture on security issues to students of the United States International University (USIU) on March 18.  The class of Security Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is designed for undergraduates to explore the nature and significance of security ...
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Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez Hands Over USAID Maternal and Child Health Commodities to Kenya

Ksh 129 million in equipment to help end preventable deaths at childbirth The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Global Health Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez handed over Ksh129 million in maternal and child health commodities to Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health, James Macharia on March 17.  Prior to the handover ceremony, ...
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American Corner Lamu Highlights Women’s History Month by Hosting a Women Empowerment Roundtable

In honor of Women’s History Month, American Corner (AC) Lamu organized a “Women Empowerment Roundtable” for 420 girls from Lamu Girls Primary School (LGPS) on March 15.  The program stressed the importance of education and highlighted the roles of successful women in Kenya and the United States.  AC Lamu coordinator Fatma Busaidy led a guest panel ...
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PEPFAR Community Grants Program – Grants Signing Event

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Community Grants Team, together with the U.S Deputy Chief of Mission Isiah Parnell, hosted the Round 7 grantees of the PEPFAR Community Grants Program (PCGP) at the U.S Embassy Nairobi on March 14.  A total of 28 participants from 11 counties came to sign their grants.  The finalists ...
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American Corner Lamu Promotes American Reference Center Resources

American Corner Lamu promoted EducationUSA and eLibraryUSA in Lamu to over 150 participants including librarians, teachers, American Corner members, students and youth on March 11.  American Corner Coordinator Ms. Fatma al-Busaidy introduced the American Corner resources, programs and activities.  U.S. Embassy Nairobi American Reference Center (ARC) staff talked to participants about EducationUSA’s 5 steps to ...
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U.S. Embassy Nairobi Community Members Participate in the Run with the First Lady in Support for Beyond Zero – Supporting Maternal Health

Over 200 U.S. Embassy Nairobi community members joined the First Lady of Kenya Margaret Kenyatta to race in the inaugural Run with the First Lady Half Marathon on March 9, held in Nairobi.  By organizing and running in the half marathon, the First Lady hopes to raise awareness and bring improvements to maternal health.  In ...
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International Women’s Day 2014 “Inspiring Change”

Ambassador Robert F. Godec Celebrates with Change Agent’s Cohesion Champions In celebration of International Women’s Day, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec joined the Change Agent’s Cohesion Champions festivities at the Huruma Grounds in Mathare, Saturday, March 8. International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, political and economic achievements of women ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks at the KWCWC/AWEP International Women’s Day Luncheon

Good afternoon.  Habari zenu!  I am honored to be with you as we celebrate International Women’s Day.  This is a very important day for all of us – both women and men. The first International Women’s Day was celebrated 103 years ago.  It was a turning point on women’s rights.  It offers us all an ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Launches BURN Manufacturing Production Facility

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec celebrated the launch of BURN Manufacturing’s (BURN) production facility on Wangari Maathai Day, March 3, 2014.  BURN is the maker of Jikokoa, a modern charcoal jiko stove that reduces the amount of fuel consumed and reduces indoor air pollution.  Using Jikokoa would save thousands of shillings each year ...
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Apply to Become an Atlas Corps Fellow

Atlas Corps is seeking outstanding individuals from around the world with 2-10 years of professional experience for the United States government-funded J-1 exchange program for nonprofit/non-governmental organization (NGO) leaders.   Through addressing critical social issues, Atlas Corps develops leaders, strengthens organizations and promotes innovation. The Atlas Corps Fellowship is a 12-18 month professional fellowship offered three ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Promotes No Sex for Fish Campaign at Lake Victoria in Kenya

Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) to Kenya Isiah Parnell visited the shores of Lake Victoria on February 27, in Kenya to support the “No Sex for Fish” (NSFF) campaign promoted by Peace Corps Kenya.  The event was aimed at drawing attention to the plight of women in the “sex for fish” industry and demonstrated sympathy and ...
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Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (ADF) is a scholar fellowship program for educational projects at African higher education institutions. Offered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in partnership with Quinnipiac University (QU), the program is funded by a two-year grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY), to support 100 short-term faculty fellowships ...
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English Access Microscholarship Program Awards Certificates to Dedicated Students in Malindi

Through the English Access Microscholarship Program (Access), the U.S. Embassy Nairobi on February 22, handed out over 30 certificates to students in Malindi, Kenya honoring their hard work and dedication to learning English.  Access is a two-year program that provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13-20 year-olds from economically disadvantaged sectors through ...
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EducationUSA and eLibrary Workshops on Coast

Introduce Web-based Resources EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State-supported network of hundreds of advising centers around the world.  Each year, EducationUSA advisers provide millions of international students with accurate, comprehensive, and current information about how to apply to colleges and universities in the United States.  Through the U.S. Embassy Nairobi Cultural Affairs Office, a ...
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USAID and Ministry of Health Launch Standards for Health Organizations

Institutional standards will help CSOs deliver their mandates  The Kenya Ministry of Health and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched new standards for strengthening civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations working in advocacy and service delivery in the health sector.  USAID’s Deputy Team Leader for HIV/AIDS in Kenya, Tara Simpson, joined Dr. John ...
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U.S. Embassy Nairobi’s American Reference Center Celebrates Black History Month

The U.S. Embassy Nairobi’s American Reference Center (ARC) hosted over 50 students and teachers from Starehe Girls’ Center on February 18, to learn about Black History Month, a celebration of the achievements of African Americans.  The students watched the video Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks and discussed the history of the American civil ...
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Launch of Mobile Blood Donation Unit and Valentine’s Day Blood Drive

First Lady of the Republic of Kenya, Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta launched the Mobile Blood Donation Unit and Valentine’s Day Blood Drive on February 14.  U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec was present at the event along with other government officials.  Through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. government has ...
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Robert F. Godec remarks for the launch of the Valentine’s Day Blood Drive and Mobile Donation Unit Kenya International Conference Center

Your Excellency, Margaret Kenyatta, first lady of the Republic of Kenya; Dr. Evans Kidero, Governor of Nairobi; and other distinguished guests: Good morning!  Habari Zenu.  Thank you for inviting me to participate in this important occasion to highlight the need for blood donation in Kenya.  I want to thank the Ministry of Health and all ...
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American Corner Mombasa Introduces New Technologies for Learning English

Over 30 Madrassa teachers at the American Corner Mombasa, located in the Muslim Education and Welfare Association (MEWA) were introduced to Playaways (audio books) and Kindles on February 12, 2013.  The teachers regularly use the American Corner (AC) to learn and improve their English language skills and to obtain relevant educational resources for their classrooms, which ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Isiah Parnell Opens Shimoni Slavery Museum and Tours Slave Caves

Deputy Chief of Mission Isiah Parnell officially opened the Shimoni Slavery Museum on February 12, marking it as a tourist attraction and a sustainable form of income generation for the village of Shimoni, located on the southern coast of Kenya.  Previously a colonial district commissioner’s residence, the museum is now a constituent of the National ...
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Deputy Chief of Mission Isiah Parnell Opens Shimoni Slavery Museum and Tours Slave Caves

Deputy Chief of Mission Isiah Parnell officially opened the Shimoni Slavery Museum on February 12, marking it as a tourist attraction and a sustainable form of income generation for the village of Shimoni, located on the southern coast of Kenya.  Previously a colonial district commissioner’s residence, the museum is now a constituent of the National ...
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U.S. Ambassador Donates Equipment to IPOA

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec visited the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) at its headquarters in Nairobi on February 11 to donate evidence collection equipment (such as tools to collect blood stain specimens, gunshot residue, rape victim, and suspect specimens).  The United States has purchased this equipment for IPOA to use in investigations ...
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National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking & Commercial Ban on Trade in Elephant Ivory

Today the United States announced a National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking.  The Strategy will strengthen U.S. leadership on addressing the serious and urgent conservation and global security threat posed by illegal trade in wildlife. In addition to the strategy, we are also announcing a ban on commercial trade of elephant ivory, which will enhance ...
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American Corner Lamu Commemorates Black History Month

The American Corner (AC) Lamu celebrated Black History Month with a special focus on American Muslims with over 130 students from the Wiyoni High School in Lamu on February 11, 2014.  AC Lamu coordinator Fatma al Busaidy showed a documentary about Islam in the United States and highlighted the achievements of some notable black American Muslims, ...
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Community Service Day at Jehovah Jireh Children’s Home

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec and members of the U.S. Embassy Nairobi mission participated in a Community Service Day event at the Jehovah Jireh Children’s Home on February 8.  The day’s project focused on building and installing bookshelves in the home’s library, which will free up desk space for the children in the home to study and ...
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U.S. Embassy Nairobi Briefs Hekima University on American Reference Center Services

The U.S. Embassy Nairobi’s American Reference Center (ARC) briefed over 200 faculty members and students of Hekima University College’s Institute of Peace and International Relations to introduce the ARC’s services and the eLibraryUSA.  The briefing described the eLibraryUSA’s relevant full text databases, including the Academic One File, ebrary, Business Source Premier and Global Issues in Context, the ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Remarks for the National Clean Cookstoves and Fuel Conference in Kenya

Ms. Radha Muthiah, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Ms. Kathy Calvin, UN Foundation, Mr. Isaac Kalua, Green Africa Foundation, Representatives of the Government of Kenya, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and the Clean Cookstoves Association of Kenya, Representatives of the Private Sector, Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen.  Hamjambo!  Habari ...
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U.S. Marines Share Message of Hope

The U.S. Marines Nairobi, together with U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec, through the Toys for Tots Program, distributed toys at the Saru Learning Center in Gachie, Kenya, on February 3.  The Saru Learning Center provides early childhood and primary education to disadvantaged girls and boys between the ages of 3 and 14 years. ...
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Presidential Proclamation — National African American History Month, 2014 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Americans have long celebrated our Nation as a beacon of liberty and opportunity — home to patriots who threw off an empire, refuge to multitudes who fled oppression and despair. Yet we must also remember that while many came to our shores to pursue ...
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“Office in a Box” Helps Bomet County Government

The Bomet County Government office is up and running, less than three months after United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Kenya Deputy Mission Director Tina Dooley-Jones joined Bomet County Governor Isaac Ruto to break ground.  The USAID-supported office suite provides a quick, efficient infrastructure solution to the new county governments. USAID and UKAID supported the ...
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22nd African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Remarks by William J. Burns, Deputy Secretary of State

DEPUTY SECRETARY BURNS:  Good afternoon and thank you very much for making the time.  It truly is an honor for me to represent the United States here in Addis Ababa at the 22nd African Union Summit.  When President Obama and Dr. Dlamini-Zuma met last June, they committed to broaden and deepen the partnership between the ...
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Cummins Cogeneration Kenya Limited (CCKL) 12MW biomass-fueled, on-grid electricity generation project in Baringo County, Kenya

Cummins Cogeneration Limited (CCL) is a global joint-venture between USA-based Cummins and UK-based Gentech, an engineering, procurement, and construction contractor. CCL has four subsidiary special project vehicles, each with a specific geographic focus. CCKL is a project development and investment vehicle for CCL in Kenya. CCKL is developing a 12MW biomass-fueled, on-grid electricity generation project in ...
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U.S. Embassy Nairobi Reaches Out to Ph.D. Students

The U.S. Embassy Nairobi American Reference Center (ARC) hosted 12 Ph.D. researchers from University of Nairobi’s Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies for an introduction to the ARC’s services and the eLibraryUSA on January 29, 2014. ARC Deputy Director Nashon Akello introduced researchers to the full text contents of relevant databases including the ...
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U.SOfficials Invite Partnership in President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative

U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec hosted leaders from Kenya’s private sector, government, and civil society along with youth representatives at his home on January 28, to mark the closing of the application process for the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Washington Fellows program, which will send 50 Kenyans to the United States to ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Godec USAID/General Electric/Kenya Commercial Bank Launch Event

Thank you and good morning. Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO, GE Corporation; Jay Ireland, President and CEO, GE Africa; Joshua Oigara, CEO, Kenya Commercial Bank; Mark Feierstein, USAID Associate Administrator; Earl Gast, USAID Assistant Administrator for Africa; Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen. I am delighted to be here this morning to recognize the ongoing collaboration ...
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USAID Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein and Assistant Administrator for Africa Earl Gast visit Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein and Assistant Administrator for Africa Earl Gast visited Kenya to evaluate the progress of President Obama’s initiatives in support of the United States and Kenya’s shared development objectives.  On their list of stops was the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK) Practical Training ...
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