Kenya’s goal is to become a middle-income economy that provides high quality life to all its citizens by 2030.
To help achieve this objective, Kenya’s foreign policy is tailored to promote and protect its national and international interest. The aim is to ensure a peaceful and prosperous country contributing to a stable continent and better international understanding.
The underlying principles of this policy have been a robust advocacy for a rule-based international system, environmental sustainability, equitable development and a secure world.
To achieve these objectives the country has developed four diplomatic pillars on which its foreign policy stands:
- Economic diplomacy
- Peace diplomacy
- Environmental diplomacy
- Diaspora diplomacy
Kenya is a tenacious champion of peace and political stability in the Eastern and Central African region. It plays this role through the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the East African Community (EAC) and the African Union. Through this involvement, Kenya seeks to create a suitable environment for regional trade and investment.
It is critical that Kenya consolidates its competitive edge in manufacturing to enhance access to regional markets.
Kenya considers the EAC, IGAD, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), and the African Union as important strategic blocks in the pursuit of its national goals. To achieve Kenya’s economic objectives as outlined in the vision 2030, Kenya has, reoriented its foreign policy towards economic diplomacy with focus on enhancing exports and attracting more investments. In addition,
Kenya’s new foreign policy seeks to strengthen traditional ties with Europe, Japan and the US While deepening cooperation with emerging economies in Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. The aim is to expand the access of Kenyan products to new markets, appropriate and affordable technologies, foreign direct investment and development assistance.
It is, therefore, crucial to develop a robust connection with the Kenyan Diaspora as an important link and invaluable resource. Protecting their welfare and interests optimises the benefits.
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