In the sub-region, Kenya remains in the forefront in the search for peace especially in Somalia and between Sudan and South Sudan and continues to facilitate the provision of humanitarian assistance to population in conflict areas. As a member of the United Nations, Kenya has participated in many UN peacekeeping and peace-making operations.
Currently, Kenya has peacekeeping troops in East Timor and Sierra Leone and is part of United Nations Observer Mission in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Kenya has also participated in numerous UN peacekeeping operation including in Ethiopia/Eritrea, South Sudan, Cambodia and Western Sahara.
Kenya is committed to the promotion of economic and social development and has undertaken reform measures to realize this objective. Kenya understands that maximum economic and social benefit can only be achieved through cooperation, and that the multi-dimensional problem afflicting mankind today has to be tackled at a global level.
Kenya therefore supports multilateralism through the United Nations system, North-South Cooperation and will continue to promote regional integration through organization such as; Common Market for Eastern and Southern African States (COMESA), GROUP of 15, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), East Africa Co-operation (EAC) etc.
Kenya further seeks to strengthen and expand relations with other development partner at bilateral level as well as within the Commonwealth, in order to achieve various objectives in areas of democracy, good governance, gender equality, socio-economic and human resource development, and environmental protection.
Kenya has Diplomatic Mission in various countries and has missions accredited to the UNEP and HABITAT in Nairobi. Kenya also has several Consulates and 10 Honorary Consulates abroad.
International and regional co – operation form a major component of the foreign policy of any country. Kenya participates actively in several regional initiatives. She is a member of East Africa Community, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), ACP-EU, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Co-operation, amongst others.
This co-operation is borne out of the realization that the development and prosperity of Kenya are intimately tied with her neighbours in the region. With the advent of globalization and liberalization, the country’s external relations are governed more and more by the need to promote a favourable environment for trade and investment.
The Sessional Paper No. 2 of 1997 on “Industrial Transformation to the year 2020 clearly defines Kenya’s approach to regional integration arrangements. It identifies institutional and legal framework as pre-requisites to fostering international and regional trade which could benefit Kenya.
This pro-active and participatory role in the economic and trade dynamic in the region is geared toward fighting poverty and improving the welfare of the citizen of Kenya.