[4th July 2017]

DEBRIEFING MEETING WITH HON. MOTOME TAKISAWA, JAPAN PARLIAMENTARY VICE- MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ON 15TH JUNE, 2017.

Group Photo taken after the debriefing meeting

The Mission was among the seven Embassies invited for a debriefing meeting with Hon. TAKISAWA following the successful tour of Iwaki city, Fukushima Prefecture by Tokyo based Diplomatic Corps on 8th June 2017. The other invited Embassies to the meeting included, Peru, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Bangladesh and Brunei Darussalam. The Mission was represented by Paul Kaliih, Minister Counselor.

During the meeting, participants thanked MoFA for organizing the Tour as it had created a deeper understanding of the fast recovery that Fukushima Prefecture had realised within a very short period, following devastating effects of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. They also appreciated Fukushima Prefecture’s advanced technology in production of clean coal, renewable energy and the sanitation and hygiene testing technologies applied in the Fishing Industry.

In its part, the Minister Counselor thanked Japanese Government for their continued support in Realisation of Kenya Vision 2030 development goals in the energy sector, especially in the renewable energy sub-sector, that has enabled Kenya to emerge as the largest producer of geothermal power in Africa. He further appealed to Japanese government to encourage their private sector to invest in Kenya’s blue economy and in coal exploration and clean coal power generation under independent power generation policy, following the recent discovery of huge deposits of bituminous Coal in Kitui County, 170 kms east of the capital of Kenya, Nairobi. Coal Development will also support the expanding cement industry in Kenya.

The Vice- Minister promised that MoFA will organize similar tours in near future to create more understanding and to create closer cooperation with Diplomatic Missions represented in Tokyo.

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