[7th July 2015]


Above: Hon. Ekwee Ethuro (left) confers with Vice Minister for foreign Affairs Hon. Minoru Kiuchi (Right).

On Friday, 3rd July 2015, the Senate Speaker Hon. David Ekwee Ethuro paid a courtesy call on the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Hon. Minoru Kiuchi. During their meeting, the two explored a wide range of issues touching on Kenya/Japan relations including the following:

  1. The Vice Minister warmly welcomed the visit to Japan by Hon. Ekwee Ethuro and noted that his visit comes on the heels of an official visit to Japan by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta in March this year. He said that the visit underlines the deepening bilateral relations between Japan and Kenya. Acknowledging the fact that relations between the two countries have been steadily growing, Hon. Ethuro said that his delegation was confident that their visit to Japan will lead to further strengthening of bilateral relations especially at parliamentary level where they are exploring the need to initiate exchange of visits by the Parliamentary Friendship Associations.

Above: Group photo after courtesy visit: from left: Senator James Orengo; Amb. S.K. Maina; Hon. Ekwee Ethuro; Vice Minister for foreign Affairs Hon. Minoru Kiuchi; Senator Amos Wako; Senator Kiraitu Murungi; and Senator Abu Chiaba.

  1. On his part the Senate Speaker, Hon. Ethuro reported that his delegation had had a very fruitful exchange of opinions with his counterparts in the House of Councilors and House of Representatives of the Diet. He added that since Kenya promulgated a new constitution in August 2010, the Kenyan Senate was new and wanted to study lessons from the operations of Japan's bi-cameral parliamentary system of Parliament. Additionally, the Kenyan senate has the unique mandate of supporting devolution and ensuring that County Governments effectively carry out their constitutional mandates as per the aspirations of the Kenyan people. The delegation was therefore grateful that the trip gave it useful insights as they shared the lessons learnt by Japan in implementing the devolved prefecture system of governance. The senators gained a better understanding of the parliamentary system of Japan as well as operations of the devolved government.
  2. Lastly, the Vice-Minister observed that Kenya is Japan's largest ODA partner in the sub-Sahara Africa and that Japan is committed to continue its support of the country's development agenda including infrastructure development; Human Resource Development as well as the promotion of the Public-Private Sector Partnerships for growth and employment creation in both countries on a win-win basis.

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