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 Kenya and Ukraine seek to enhance collaboration through Parliamentary Diplomacy

Kenya and Ukraine seek to enhance collaboration through Parliamentary Diplomacy

Kenya and Ukraine are set for high level Parliamentary engagements, following an agreement by the respective heads of the two legislatures towards enhanced Parliamentary collaboration and sharing of experiences with regard to Parliamentary practices and procedures. 

During a bilateral meeting yesterday afternoon, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Justin Muturi and his host counterpart, Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada (Speaker of the Parliament of Ukraine), H.E. Mr. Andriy Parubiy, underscored the place of Parliamentary engagement in advancing bilateral relations in modern diplomacy. In this regard, the two agreed to the establishment of  a Kenya-Ukraine Parliamentary Group, as the first step towards enhancing their bilateral engagements.

The two further noted that Parliaments world over have a crucial role in advancing their respective national interests at the international arena, adding that Legislators hold the highest degree of legitimacy as they represent people from all walks of life. They observed that increased inter-parliamentary interactions would facilitate the development of cooperation in the political, social, economic, humanitarian and other areas of mutual interest.

Mr. Parubiy took the opportunity to thank Kenya for her continued stance in recognizing the terrotorial integrity of Ukraine in the international fora, adding that Ukraine regards Kenya as a strategic partner in her bid to earn a foothold in Africa. Kenya was among the first African countries that Kyiv established bilateral relations with,  soon after Ukraine's independence in 1991. Although Kenya is yet to establish a Mission in Kyiv, Ukraine currently has a mission in Nairobi and an Honorary consulate in Mombasa city.

On his Part, Speaker Muturi, accentuated that Kenya has immense veneration for the right of a people to self determination as a cardinal principle in modern international law, adding that the government of Kenya adheres to the principle of respect for territorial integrity of other nations. 

On Parliamentary collaboration,  Speaker Muturi noted that the National Assembly of Kenya would be interested in tapping from the Ukranian Parliamentary unique budget making model and as well as from their progressive taxation regime, both forming part of the Ukraine's Public Finance Management reforms, that Kyiv has made a key priority.

" Mr. Speaker, I have seen an impressive report of the Members of the Budget and Appropriations Committee who in March 2017, visited the Parliament of Ukraine on a study tour, and I hope that the Departmental Committee on Finance and National Planning could undertake a similar tour to study your very progressive Public Finance Management system", Speaker Muturi observed.

Speaker Muturi is in Ukraine on a 4-day visit on the invitation of Mr. Parubiy. He is scheduled to meet the Prime Minister of Ukraine, H.E. Mr.Volodymr Groysman, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Pavlo Klimkin today.