CARICOM and Kenya strengthen ties as Ambassador Muchiri becomes first envoy

Ambassador Anthony Mwaniki Muchiri/ FACEBOOK

Ambassador Anthony Mwaniki Muchiri has been accredited as the first Kenyan envoy to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque virtually received Muchiri’s credentials on Wednesday. Ambassador Muchiri is Kenya’s High Commissioner to Jamaica and non-resident to Guyana.

Ambassador LaRocque said the occasion added a new chapter to the 2019 milestone year when Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta paid visits to Jamaica and Barbados, and the Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley paid a reciprocal visit to Kenya.

“One of the positive outcomes of the visit and those discussions is the provision by Kenya of office space in Nairobi to accommodate CARICOM representation,” Ambassador LaRocque said in the accreditation ceremony.

“Prime Minister Mottley accepted the generous offer during her visit and arrangements are being finalised so that the office could be occupied in the near future. I look forward to signing the tenancy agreement in the coming weeks,” he added.

During the visit, President Kenyatta held talks with Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Barbados’ Mottley and St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.

President Kenyatta described his meetings with Holness and Mottley as “very constructive engagements” focused on enhancing cooperation in diverse areas between the two regions, serving also as a catalyst for rebuilding the global African family, in the service of development and integration.

After these exchanges a number of developments unfolded, some of which were placed on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

One such plan which was affected by Covid-19 was for Kenya to host a CARICOM and Africa Summit in 2020.

Ambassador Muchiri said he will continue advancing Kenya’s efforts to help confront the challenges facing the two regions.

“To confront these challenges, Kenya believes in the importance of the two regions speaking in one voice, strengthening institutional relationships and crafting trade, investment, tourism and culture cooperation between CARICOM and Africa through a more robust Organisation of the African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) post-Cotonou framework as well as a new Intra-regional free trade agreement modelled along the African Continental Free Trade Area and within appropriate World Trade Organization rules,” he said.

CARICOM is an organisation of 15 states and dependencies throughout the Caribbean having primary objectives to promote economic integration and cooperation among its members, to ensure that the benefits of integration are equitably shared, and to coordinate foreign policy

CARICOM and Kenya are considering a draft MoU for the establishment of a Consultation and Cooperation Mechanism between the two sides.

This in recognition of the significant scope for stronger collaboration and cooperation, particularly in the areas of trade and investment, people-to-people exchanges, and sustainable development.

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