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Kenyan community marks 56th National Day with fervour

Kenyan community marks 56th National Day with fervour

CATHERINE W GICHUKI
DOHA
THE Kenyan community in Qatar led by Ambassador HE Paddy C Ahenda celebrated their 56th National Day, popularly known as Jamhuri Day, on December 12.
The event was attended by Minister of Justice and Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs HE Dr Issa bin Saad al Jafali al Nuaimi, Director of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs HE Ibrahim Fakhroo, and Dean of Diplomatic Corps and Eritrean Ambassador to Qatar HE Ali Ibrahim Ahmed, among many other dignitaries.
On the occasion, the Kenyan ambassador also conveyed his greetings to the Amir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, the Government and the people of Qatar for the upcoming Qatar National Day.
The event also featured songs and dance performances by Kenya’s Green Maasai Troupe.
Speaking at the event, Ahenda praised the Qatari business people for investing in Kenya.
“We have received numerous trade enquiries in the past one year, which have borne fruit in terms of investments in Kenya. I invite and encourage many of you to visit Kenya and explore numerous business opportunities available in my country,” the ambassador said.
He added: “Our economy is the largest in the region with annual growth rate recorded 6.3 percent last year, well above the African average. Our ease of doing business index is one of the highest in Africa.”
The ambassador said that Kenya has a stable democracy, is peaceful and safe, and endowed with a talented and highly skilled multilingual workforce.
The ambassador further said the fraternal relations between the two countries are excellent and have grown from strength to strength since the establishing of diplomatic ties in 2003.
There has been exchange of high-level visits between the two countries in the recent past which have culminated into the signing of a number of agreements, he noted.
The ambassador said that Qatar Airways’ flights to Nairobi and Mombasa have made it convenient for visitors on both sides. Qatar Airways operates four direct daily flights to both Nairobi and Mombasa. “The daily flights have made it easy for visitors coming to Kenya to sample our tourism menu including the great safaris which our country is renowned for,” he remarked.
Trade and commerce between the two countries has also benefitted from the enhanced connection between Doha and Nairobi as these flights not only carry passengers but also bring fresh farm produce such as fruits, vegetables, cashew nuts, flowers, meat and meat products from Kenya to Qatar.
The ambassador also thanked the government of Qatar for giving an opportunity to 30,000 Kenyans to live in Qatar, thus contributing greatly to the growth of Qatar.

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