The Kenyan High Commissioner to Uganda Kiema Kilonzo has called upon Uganda and other East African Community member states to support their candidature for the Non-Permanent Membership to the United Nations Security Council set for 2021-2022.
Kilonzo, during the Kenya Jamhuri Day reception held at Serena Kampala Hotel for Kenyans leaving in Uganda, noted that his country is a committed contributor to United Nations missions and has an important role in mediating regional conflicts.
“It is on this basis that we are calling upon friends to support our candidature,” said Kilonzo.
Kilonzo pointed out that to succeed economically, the region must move together, hence Kenya’s continued efforts to promote the peace agenda and remain a driving force in the implementation of Africa’s peace and security architecture.
“The time is now for our business community to focus on interventions that will connect domestic and international market forces that will ultimately determine the geographical constellations of industrialization.
“We all concede that to attain sustainable development in our two countries, we have to achieve global production networks for value chain promotions,” said Kilonzo.
He said in Kenya, their resources and energies are being focused on a few critical areas namely the Big 4, and the Blue Economy.
“The Big 4 sector includes manufacturing, food security, health and affordable housing. The Blue Economy sector is fairly a new economic concept in our region,” Kilonzo said.
Kilonzo said, in order to conceptualize with the Blue Economy sector, Kenya brought together over 11700 international delegates under the auspices of the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi in November to discuss and appreciate its essence.
“This is an area that Kenya and Uganda can work together for positive gains,” he said.
Uganda’s Tourism Minister Ephraim Kamuntu, who was the Chief Guest, noted that the deepening ties between Uganda and Kenya have resulted in the volume of goods traded between the two countries to hit $1.1billion.
He said this is through the Northern Corridor Integration process.
“High-level visitors are increasing between Uganda and Kenya and, many nationals of the two countries are visiting each other hence a huge boost to tourism,” noted Kamuntu.
BY PAUL TENTENA