The Kenya Foreign and Kenya Diaspora Policies were officially launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta on January 20, 2015 at KICC, Nairobi. the president said that Kenya has redefined its foreign policy to ensure it properly supports robust reciprocal bilateral and multilateral relations in trade, taxation and investment. He added that while the Foreign Policy document lays out the principles that govern Kenya’s engagement with the world, the Diaspora Policy will guide in harnessing the wealth and expertise of Kenyans in the diaspora to development efforts.
The Foreign policy provides a broad framework on Kenya’s foreign relations and diplomatic engagements within a contemporary globalized environment. The policy further outlines the evolution of Kenya’s foreign relations and engagements with other partners over the last five decades and its future strategic direction to ensure the achievement of the collective aspirations of Kenyans, bearing in mind the critical role of foreign policy in meeting national priorities.
The Foreign Policy is pegged on five pillars; economic diplomacy, peace diplomacy, environmental diplomacy, cultural diplomacy and Diaspora diplomacy. This is the first time since independence that Kenya is launching a published foreign policy.
The Economic diplomacy aims to realize a robust and sustained economic transformation so as to secure Kenya’s social economic development and prosperity in line with the goals and aspirations of the Kenya Vision 2030
The objectives of this pillar are to
- Increase capital flows to Kenya and the East African region;
- Support export promotion and investment by Kenyan enterprises within the region and beyond;
- Promote the country as a favourite destination for foreign direct investment, tourism, and conferencing;
- Expand access to traditional markets and explore new destinations for Kenya’s exports;
- Enhance technological advancement by exploring new sources of affordable and appropriate technology;
- Support the exploration of alternative sources of traditional and renewable energy;
- Strengthen regional economic communities and organizations to serve as competitive spring boards to emerging and global markets; and
- Promote fair trade and equitable bilateral, regional and multilateral trade agreements.