Cabinet approves amendments to boost Kenya’s diplomatic hosting
The Kenyan government has made a significant advancement towards strengthening its foreign policy and positioning itself as an African diplomatic hub.
The Cabinet approved proposed amendments to the Privileges and Immunities Act on Tuesday, making it easier to host and engage various entities in Kenya, including the United Nations, Foreign Diplomatic Missions, Consulate Generals and Consular Posts, International Governmental Organizations (IGOs), and Agencies whose operations are supported by the Kenyan government through Host Country Agreements (HCAs).
The amendments seek to encourage these entities’ socioeconomic contributions to Kenya’s development agenda. They will also make it possible for Kenya to attract more international organizations and businesses to establish regional or global headquarters in Nairobi.
The Cabinet also approved the relocation of Plan International’s global headquarters from London, UK to Nairobi, Kenya.
Plan International is a non-profit humanitarian and development organization that advocates for children’s rights and gender equality. It has an active presence in 75 countries worldwide.
The approval means that Plan International can now operate its global headquarters from Nairobi, which is a significant boost to Kenya’s status as a leading investment and economic hub.
J.P. Morgan, a leading global financial conglomerate, recently chose Nairobi as the location for their regional headquarters.
In addition, the Cabinet approved the hosting of the East African Community Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency’s Regional Centre for Aviation Medicine in Nairobi. The Center will provide aviation services to all East African Community Member States, including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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