[24th June 2013]

JUNE 12 – 13, 2013

His Excellency Amb. Benson Ogutu visited Tottori Prefecture on June 12 – 13, 2013 at the invitation of the President of Tottori University, Dr. Ryota Teshima, to give lecture on Kenya, its people, culture, and the role of Japan in Kenya's development endeavours. This was part of the University's Global Human Resources Development Project Lecture Summit series.

At an earlier welcome dinner hosted in honour of the Ambassador, the two held fruitful discussions on the possibility of establishing academic exchanges between the university and institutions of higher learning in Kenya. The President in his welcome remarks mentioned that, in line with TICAD V, the university hopes to boost its exchange between Kenya and Japan for a better future. The two agreed to work hand in hand in the realization of this noble objective.

Whilst in Tottori, the Ambassador also paid a courtesy call on the Governor, Hon. Shinji Hirai, and exchanged views on wide ranging matters of mutual interest. Noteworthy is the Governor's keenness to explore avenues in which they can forge further collaboration especially in the areas of business, academia, and people to people exchanges.

The Ambassador also visited Chizu Town and met with the Mayor, H.W. Mr. Seiichiro Teratani, at his offices where he was welcomed by the friendly and enthusiastic Municipal staff. The Ambassador also gave presentation to elementary and junior high school students of Chizu Town.

He subsequently visited rice paddies where residents of Chizu Town, including students of Tottori University, continue to cultivate rice for Matumaini Children's Home, an orphanage in Kenya.

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