Last Saturday (5 May), the High Commissioner of Kenya to the United Kingdom H.E. Lazarus Amayo and his wife Mrs. Nelly Amayo hosted their farewell reception at the Kenya House following the end of appointment in London ahead of taking up his new role as Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations in New York.
The colorful ceremony was attended by several Ambassadors and High Commissioners resident in London, civic leaders, the clergy, business leaders, representatives of the Kenya Diaspora, members of Diplomatic Corps and staff of the High Commission.
Speakers included Her Excellency Yamina Karitanyi (High Commissioner of Rwanda to the UK), H.E. Muyeba Chikonde (High Commissioner of Zambia to the UK), former High Commissioner of Kenya to the UK Amb. Joseph Muchemi and Cllr. Elizabeth Kang’ethe. They thanked Amb. Amayo for his support and collaboration in not only diplomatic engagement but also supporting the diaspora.
In his remarks the High Commissioner thanked everyone for unwavering support that he has been granted from the time he reported in 2014 noting that the smooth collaboration has been key to his very successful tour of duty in the UK.
He noted that the critical cooperation and support he has received from the Business Community in the UK, the Civil Society, the NGO’s, the Kenya Diaspora and the Staff of the High Commission has been his strength.
Thank you for the unconditional support and I do hope that the same will be extended to the incoming High Commissioner.
He added that during his tenure, he tried to offer diplomatic facilitation and pin point some directions crucial in improving cooperation between Kenya and UK largely in trade, investment, tourism as well as collaboration in matters of peace and security.
“For the last four years and with your support, the High Commission has been able to organise several inbound and outbound visits aimed at cementing our bilateral relations that happily exist between Kenya and the UK as well as increasing our influence in the international fora. We have organised several trade and investment forums in the UK as well as held several meetings with potential investors, partners and other stakeholders with a view of creating awareness of the Kenyan products and cascading information regarding investment opportunities in the country among other things.”
– H.E. Lazarus Amayo
He added that it is through such undertakings that Kenya has been able to maintain the UK as the top overseas investor in the country.
“To this end, the number of British companies operating in Kenya has risen from around 70 in 2008 to around 220 in 2018 valued at more than 2.7 billion Sterling Pounds and employing around 250,000 people. The UK is our third most important export destination after Uganda and the United States and has also remained our largest source market for Kenya’s tourism from Europe with 2017 registering 107,078 tourists from the UK.”
– H.E. Lazarus Amayo
The outgoing High Commissioner concluded by reiterating his appreciation and that of his spouse for the support and care that they have always received during his time in the UK.