New Philippine Ambassador Marie Charlotte G. Tang is seeking to promote cooperation with Kenya bilaterally and multilaterally.
Tang said this when she presented her credentials to President Uhuru Kenyatta on April 1 at State House in Nairobi.
“During the ceremony, Ambassador Tang conveyed warm greetings and good wishes of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the Filipino people to President Kenyatta, the government and people of Kenya,” the embassy said in a statement.
Ambassador Tang said that despite the two countries’ geographic distance, the Philippines and Kenya share many similarities on which to further build relations, the most important of which is that both are developing countries and democratic societies with shared aspirations for peace, progress, and prosperity of their peoples.
President Kenyatta reaffirmed Kenya’s commitment to strengthen bilateral ties. He noted the Philippines’ strong migration policy and said that both countries can learn from each other.
During the ceremony, President Kenyatta also received the credentials of eight other ambassadors who recently arrived in Kenya –Israel, South Korea, Japan, Morocco, Malawi, Bangladesh, Argentina and Canada.
The Philippines established diplomatic relations with Kenya in 1967. Both countries mark 55 years of relations this year. There are around 300 Filipinos in Kenya, many of them working in the skilled sector, religious missions, and the United Nations agencies headquartered in Nairobi.