Nairobi — Kenya has opened its embassy in Jarkata, Indonesia, in a move described as a major step towards strengthening cooperation between the two nations and boosting diplomatic ties established in 1982.
Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Raychelle Omamo presided over the opening ceremony on Thursday Friday in Indonesia, along with her counterpart Retno Lestari Marsudi.
Indonesia opened its diplomatic mission in Nairobi in 1982.
“The opening of this mission is undoubtedly a momentous occasion, as it marks an incredible milestone in our bilateral relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1982. It is therefore with deep gratitude that I commend the Indonesian government for the immense support and facilitation given to us in establishing this mission,” Omamo said in remarks at the opening ceremony.
Marsudi, for his part, described the opening of the embassy as a milestone, saying that “the opening of the embassy is an important boost for bilateral relations between Kenya and Indonesia to bring our two countries closer together. nation”.
The new mission is expected to bring consular services closer to all Kenyans residing in Indonesia.
In addition, the new embassy is expected to help our two countries reinvigorate bilateral relations and give new impetus to existing collaborations, the Foreign Ministry said.
Relations between the two countries have broadened over the years with cooperation in various fields including trade and investment; agriculture and fishing; Education and skills development of human resources; Defense and Security; ICT and Industrialization; affordable health care; housing and urban development; Culture and tourism, energy and mineral resources.
As an emerging economic power, Indonesia is a high-potential partner in Kenya’s national development agenda, particularly in the areas of trade and industrialization, security and police cooperation, finance , investments, universal health and urban development.
Indonesia sees Kenya not only as a promising market but also as a gateway to the East African region.
Indonesia is also a promising market for a variety of exports from Kenya.
Kenya’s main exports to Indonesia include tea, coffee and coffee substitutes, tobacco, vegetables, leather and metal salts.
“With the establishment of a full-fledged diplomatic mission, Kenya aims to strengthen its relationship and increase the value of its exports to Indonesia by shifting its export base from agricultural and mineral raw materials to high-value manufactured goods. added and seeks public and private partnerships with Indonesia in technology transfer, capacity building, training and investment across the entire value chain,” MFA said.
“We will work to ensure that we have regular political consultations to strengthen the relationship between Kenya and Indonesia to ensure that we increase investment opportunities for the benefit of the people of both countries. We hope that the opening of this mission will lead to realizing the potential that exists between our two countries,” said CS Omamo.
Omamo noted that in the recent past, the Kenyan government has ordered the opening of six new diplomatic missions and resident consulates around the world as “we seek to expand our global footprint, strengthen our bilateral engagement and people-to-people interactions as imperative and that we promote mutually beneficial international cooperation”.
Kenya and Indonesia have a long historical relationship dating back to the first Afro-Asian or Afro-Asian Conference in 1955 in Bandung, Indonesia.
In April 2018, Kenya participated in the first-ever Asia-Africa Forum (IAF) in Bali, Indonesia.