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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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’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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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18th Anniversary of Attack on U.S. Embassy

Remembering the Victims of the August 7th Embassy Attack by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec Good morning. Welcome to our ceremony commemorating the 18th anniversary of the August 7th bombing.  Regardless of the years that pass, this is a very sad day.  It is always a solemn occasion. They say that time heals ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Wings to Fly Scholar Inauguration Ceremony Remarks by Ambassador Robert F. Godec

Your Excellency, the President of the Republic of Kenya, The Honorable Uhuru Kenyatta, Cabinet Secretary for Education, Professor Jacob Kaimenyi, Chairman of Equity Bank, Mr. Peter Munga, Equity Bank Group Managing Director and CEO, Mr. James Mwangi, Equity Group Foundation Managing Director, Dr. Helen Gichohi, President and CEO of the MasterCard Foundation, Ms. Reeta Roy, ...
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