His Excellency Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta CGH, President of the Republic of Kenya has nominated Ambassador Dr. Amina Juma (Oxon), EGH Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Defense for the position of the next Secretary General for the Commonwealth.
The election of the secretary General will take place during the next commonwealth meeting with heads of Government to be held in Kigali Rwanda.
Commonwealth delivers development assistance to its Member states through the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation (CFTC). The CFTC has provided direct assistance to Kenya in trade and investment facilitation with a focus on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) economic and financial management, poverty reduction and public sector reforms, including capacity building for public sector development, anti-corruption governance, democracy and national reconciliation programs.
Given that trade and investment is one of the key priorities of the Commonwealth, and considering the critical role of the private sector in the National Development, the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and industry (KNCCI) was part of a breakfast roundtable conversation meeting held at Panafric Hotel this morning in respect to Dr. Amina endorsement.
KNCCI was presented by the Chamber 1st Vice President Dr. Erick Rutto who expressed the privilege of being part of the consultative meeting. Dr. Rutto emphasized that Amb. Dr. Monica Juma was the best suitable candidate for the position since she has all the suitable credentials for the position.
The Kenya Chamber of commerce looks forward to helping her deliver some quick wins, such as promote justice and human rights, help grow economies and boost trade and more fundamental transformation of Private Sector development in the Commonwealth Community.
The Commonwealth supports its member countries to benefit from the potential trade agreement of the African Continental Free Trade Area.
Mr. Samuel Matonda, KNCCI Chief Executive Officer emphasized the importance of including diaspora in the endorsement of the Ambassador.
KNCCI and the private sector fraternity wish Madam CS success in this endeavor of being the next Secretary General of the Commonwealth.