Japan-Kenya Relations

August 25, 2017
Japan-Kenya Foreign Ministers’ Meeting1
Japan-Kenya Foreign Ministers’ Meeting2

On August 25, commencing at 9:10 a.m. for approximately 20 minutes, Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting Maputo (the Republic of Mozambique) to attend the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) Ministerial Meeting, met with H.E. Ms. Amina Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the beginning, Minister Kono welcomed that Kenya’s general election was held peacefully, and expressed his expectation that the final results would be decided fairly and peacefully.
  2. Minister Kono also expressed gratitude for Cabinet Secretary Amina’s contributions to the TICAD process, including TICAD VI, which was held in Kenya in August last year.
  3. Minister Kono welcomed that the Japan-Kenya Investment Agreement would enter into force on September 14 as a result of the completion of the domestic procedures in both countries. In response, Cabinet Secretary Amina expressed gratitude for Japan's ongoing support for Kenya's economic and social development, stated that Kenya is a model for the success of TICAD, and expressed expectation that investment activities will be promoted as a result of the bilateral investment treaty between Japan and Kenya. The two ministers also confirmed that they will continue to cooperate on the Mombasa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) development.
  4. In addition, Minister Kono and Cabinet Secretary Amina exchanged views on cooperating in the international arena, including United Nations Security Council reform and the North Korea issue.

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