VISIT BY THE AMBASSADOR TO MGIMO UNIVERSITY
On 30th April 2014, H.E. the Ambassador, Dr. Paul Kurgat paid a courtesy call to Prof. Andrei Silantiev, Vice-Rector for International and Public Affairs at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations known by its acronym MGIMO. During his visit, the Ambassador reiterated the need for bilateral cooperation between MGIMO and universities in Kenya like Nairobi University, Kenyatta University, Masinde Muliro University e.t.c. which offerred International Relations course.
The Ambassador pointed out that despite the fact that there were no Kenyan students currently studying International Relations in Russia, he was keen to establish training opportunities for Kenya's Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff and an exchange programme for students, Lecturers and Researchers through an Agreement or MoU. This exchange could also include kenyan lecturers publishing research findings in MGIMO University journal and vice versa. H.E. the Ambassador promised give a talk on investment opportunities in kenya later in the year. He requested the university to consider Kenya when allocating Russian Government scholarships.
On his part Prof. Silantiev informed that MGIMO was under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and not under the Ministry of Education as was the case with other institutions of higher learning. this meant that MGIMO offered scholarships under a presidential degree. He further informed that this Presidential degree gave quotas to Former USSR countries like Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine e.t.c. Other countries that benefit from the quota are Cuba, Vietnam, Mongolia, and Moldova. He however pointed out that admission for studies remained open to private/contract students. He further said that other than the Russian programmes, there were three masters degree programmes offerred in English. Prof. Silantiev welcomed the Ambassador's idea of having Kenyan scholars publishing articles in their journal and giving a talk as a way of farmiliarising the Russian scholars and students on Kenya.
H.E. reiterated that other than bussiness, knowledge was the best way to open Kenya and the African continent to Russia and Eastern Europe.
LAUNCH OF THE EAST AFRICA VISA AT THE KENYA EMBASSY MOSCOW
H.E Dr. Paul Kurgat, hosted H.E. Dr. Jeanne d'Arch Mujawamariya, Ambassador of Rwanda and Mr. Nelson Ocheger, Charge d'Affaires, Embassy of Uganda for the launch of the East Africa Visa on 9th April 2014.
The launch was attended by members of the press who included: Tourdom.ru, Tour Business, TTG Russia, RATA-News, Travel.ru. The diplomats informed the press and tour operators that tourists will be required to pay USD 100 for a 90-day multiple-entry visa valid for the three countries. They noted that entry to three countries will be cheaper by USD 50.
PRESIDENT UHURU KENYATTA'S INAUGURATION SPEECH
Departing president Mwai Kibaki handed over the instruments of power to his successor Uhuru Kenyatta in a colourful ceremony held on April 9, 2013.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as the fourth head-of-state of the Republic of Kenya, together with his vice, William Ruto in a colourful inauguration ceremony at Kasarani sports centre, Nairobi on Tuesday. Kenyatta now follows the footsteps of his father, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta whose name remains synonymous with the east African economic giant as its founding president. Here is the full inauguration speech of Kenyatta.