Sh500bn boost for regional peace drive

Kenya is among Horn of Africa countries set to receive Sh500 billion European Union funding for peace and security efforts in the region.

The announcement was made in Brussels on September 29, during a meeting attended by foreign ministers from Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) member states and Ms Federica Mogherini, vice-president and high representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed led the Kenyan delegation that also included Mr Johnson Weru, Kenya’s envoy to the EU; and Mr Martin Kimani, the director of the National Counter-Terrorism Centre in Nairobi.
Igad executive secretary Mahboub Maalim and Mr Christos Stylianides, commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, also attended the meeting.

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Ms Jane Kariuki, the public communication officer in the Foreign Affairs ministry, said the allocation had been approved by the EU Parliament.

It will be administered directly by the EU External Action Service, an equivalent of the of Foreign Affairs ministry.

“A steering committee at senior official level will be set up to develop a political and delivery framework for the joint action. At the same time, the EU high representative emphasised the need for closer regional cooperation to face common trans-boundary challenges,” said Ms Kariuki.

Kenya’s Foreign Affairs CS urged the member states to support each other in repatriation efforts.

NAIROBI SUMMIT

“The success of the Nairobi Action Plan is anchored on the willingness of all stakeholders to mobilise the needed resources and stick to the commitments undertaken during the Nairobi summit,” said Ms Mohamed.

The Nairobi summit was on the domestication of the New York Declaration for refugees and migrants.

The Brussels meeting was the second between Ms Mogherini and a group of foreign ministers from Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda, after the March forum on the sidelines of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.

The meeting focused on the multiple challenges affecting the security, stability and prosperity of the Horn of Africa.

They include protracted conflicts, transnational crime, irregular migration and poor economic development.

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