H.E. Ambassador Salma Ahmed presided over the 53rd Jamhuri Day Celebration which was held at UNESCO on 9th December, 2016. The event was attended by many Kenyans, ambassadors, diplomats, members of the business community, government representatives and friends of Kenya who were eager to celebrate 53 years of the nation’s independence.
During her speech, the Ambassador enumerated the achievements made by the government of Kenya in various sectors. She noted that the country’s economy has continued to grow with the best performing sectors being tea, coffee, horticulture, transport and tourism.
Ambassador Salma Ahmed pointed out that conference tourism has significantly grown. Kenya has hosted several high profile international conferences in the past year namely; the 10th WTO Ministerial Meeting, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Sixth Tokyo International Conference oan African Development also known as TICAD, and the high-level meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation. This, she said, is a testimony of the improved security situation and the confidence of the international community in Kenya.
The Ambassador concluded by reiterating the government’s policy for a unified and prosperous Africa. She informed that Kenya’s current Minister for Foreign Affairs Amb. Amina Mohamed is the country’s candidate for the position of President of the African Union and added that the minister is an excellent candidate for the post.
The reception ended with a toast to the prosperity of Kenya and France and best wishes for the New Year.