On 19th January 2018, the Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury, Mr. Henry Rotich chaired a round table meeting between the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for International Development, the Rt. Hon. Penny Mordaunt, MP and senior Government officials during her maiden visit to Kenya following her recent appointment. Hon. Rotich was accompanied by Mrs. Phyllis J. Kandie, Cabinet Secretary for East African Community (EAC) Labour & Social Protection; Dr. Cleopa Mailu, Cabinet Secretary for Health; Amb. Monica Juma, DPhil, Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs; Dr. Chris Kiptoo, Principal Secretary for the State Department of Trade; Arch. Aidah N. Munano, Principal Secretary for the State Department for Housing and Urban Development; Amb. Lazarus Amayo, High Commissioner of Kenya to the UK; Mrs Beatrice Karago, Director Europe and Commonwealth Directorate as well as Head Public Affairs and Communication among others.
The UK delegation included Mr. Alex Way, Private Secretary to the Secretary of State; Mr. Donal Brown, Director East and Central Africa, DFID; Mrs. Susie Kitchens, Deputy British High Commissioner to Kenya; Mr. Pete Vowles, Country Director, DFID Kenya; Ms. Sarah Montgomery, Deputy Head of DFID Kenya; Mr. Graham Wrigley, Chair of Commonwealth Development Corporation; and Mr. John Hamilton, Head of Prosperity Section, British High Commission in Nairobi.
The roundtable meeting explored ways of enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries and strengthening the existing partnership for the benefit of both Kenya and the UK. The meeting also discussed His Excellency President Kenyatta’s big four priorities: manufacturing, affordable housing, universal health care and food security for all Kenyans and agreed to work together to promote and implement this agenda. Further, as a signal of their commitment to work for all people, the two parties agreed to co-host with the International Disability Alliance, the Global Disability Summit in London in July 2018. Kenya and the UK also lauded the importance of the Commonwealth and agreed to work together to ensure that the organisation remains strong and vibrant.