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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Joint Statement on Murdered Human Rights Defender

Joint Statement by Heads of Mission on Disappearance and Murder of Kenyan Human Rights Defender and Associates   We are deeply concerned by the disappearance and murder of Willie Kimani, a lawyer and investigator working with the U.S. non-governmental organization International Justice Mission (IJM), along with IJM client Josephat Mwenda, and IJM driver Joseph Muiruri.  ...
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President Obama Speaks with President of Kenya

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Readout of the President’s Phone Call with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya   President Obama spoke by phone today with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya to accept President Kenyatta’s condolences for the terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida.  The President reiterated his appreciation for ...
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USAID Awards Grants to Agriculture Innovators

Ten Local Enterprises Receive KSH 380 Million in Grants for Innovations to Improve Livelihoods and Food Security   The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has granted KSH 380 million to Kenyan innovators as part of its Feed the Future Kenya Innovation Engine (KIE), an effort to reward and improve agriculture-based innovations.  To date, more ...
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Statement on National Security Advisor Meeting

Statement by Deputy National Security Spokesman Mark Stroh on National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice meeting with Kenyan Cabinet Secretaries Amina Mohamed and James Macharia   Yesterday, National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met with Kenyan Cabinet Secretaries Amina Mohamed and James Macharia at the White House. They discussed the strong U.S.-Kenya partnership, as highlighted ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Statement by the President on South Sudan

I welcome today’s signing of a cessation of hostilities agreement in South Sudan, which is a critical first step toward building a lasting peace.  Now, South Sudan’s leaders need to work to fully and immediately implement the agreement and start an inclusive political dialogue to resolve the underlying causes of the conflict.  The full participation ...
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Statement by National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice on South Sudan

The United States strongly supports the efforts of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) mediators, Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin and General Lazaro Sumbeiywo, to secure a cessation of hostilities and to resolve the conflict in South Sudan peacefully through talks being held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  This crisis must be ended swiftly through a negotiated settlement ...
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