Diplomatic Relations

Malaysia

Diplomatic Relations

Kenya and Malaysia enjoy cordial relations and have, inter-alia, shared common positions in the United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement, G-15 and the World Trade Organization. Kenya has maintained a resident Mission in Kuala Lumpur since May, 1997. Malaysia, which hitherto maintained a Trade Commission, opened a fully-fledged Diplomatic Mission in Nairobi in September 2005.

Bilateral Agreements

Among the notable bilateral agreements concluded between Kenya and Malaysia are:

  • Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of Tourism signed in June, 2012
  • Memorandum of Understanding on Science and Technology and in Planning and Implementation of Road Projects signed in 2007.
  • Memorandum of Understanding on Science and Technology signed in 2007.
  • Memorandum of Understanding on Science and Technology signed in 2007.
  • Bilateral Air Services Agreement signed in 2007.
  • Special Prorate Agreement between Malaysian Airline – System Berhad and Kenya Airways Ltd in 2005.

High Level Visits

Kenya relationship with Malaysia is underpinned by strong people-to-people links and a significant program of two-way, high-level visits across a broad range of portfolios, among them:

  1. Visit to Malaysia by Hon. Justin B. Muturi, EGH, MP., Speaker of National Assembly of Kenya, and Hon. Ekwee Ethuro, EGH, MP., Speaker of the Senate during the 23rd Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth (CSPOC) 23rd CSPOC held in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah from 9 – 14 January 2016.
  2. Visit to Kenya by Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry during the Tenth WTO Ministerial Conference held in Nairobi from 15 to 18 December 2015.
  3. Visit by former Prime Minister of Kenya in November2012.
  4. Visit by former Minister for Tourism in June 2012 during signing of the MoU on Tourism Cooperation.
  5. Official visit to Malaysia by former Minister of State for Defence in April 2012 to attend the Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference.
  6. Official visit to Malaysia by former Vice President in June 2011 during the Langkawi International Dialogue.
  7. Official Visit to Kenya by the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Hon. Dato’ Seri Abdulla Ahmad Badawi in April, 2007.
  8. Official visits to Malaysia by former President of Kenya in 1988, 1995 and 1998.

Education

Malaysia has been recognised by UNESCO as 11th study destination in the world due to its affordable and quality higher education. The number of Kenyans pursuing education in Malaysian institutions has grown steadily over the years and currently estimated at over 6,00 students. Also several Kenya universities and colleges have signed MOUs with leading Malaysian Universities to collaborate in areas of education and research.

Indonesia

Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic ties between the two countries began in July 1979, and in April 1982 Indonesia opened an Embassy in Nairobi. Kenyan High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is accredited to Indonesia and In April, 2015 the Government of Kenya appointed Mr. Bilal Asif as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Kenya to Indonesia.

Diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Kenya have proceeded outstandingly on bilateral as well as on regional or multilateral basis. As a fellow developing country and member of the Non-Aligned Movement, ties have been strengthened by increasing partnership between the countries’ officials, lawmakers, business, NGO activists, journalists and among people to people linkages.

Also, bilateral relations between the two countries have been enhanced through mutual support in various international fora and exchange of official visits between the governments.

Bilateral Agreements

Both countries have signed various bilateral agreements for cooperation in various fields, notable among them:

  • Agreement on Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation signed in Nairobi on 2nd September,1992
  • MOU on establishment of Joint Commission signed on 19th June, 2008
  • Signed Agreed Minutes for Joint Commission for Cooperation signed on 3rd December, 2008
  • Bilateral Air Services Agreement signed in 2007
  • MOU on Fisheries Cooperation signed in 2009

High Level Visits

The two countries have also exchanged high level visits among them:

  1. The visit to Kenya by Indonesian Minister of Trade, Thomas Trikasih Lembong, during the 10th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference held in Nairobi from from 15 to 19 December 2015
  2. Visit to Indonesia by Dr. (Eng.) Karanja Kibicho, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international Trade, during the 15th Indian Ocean Rim Association of the Council of Ministers Meeting held in Padang, Indonesia from 20-23 October, 2015.
  3. Visit to Indonesia by Prof. Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary for Environment during the Asia-Africa Summit 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia, 19-25 April 2015.
  4. Visit to Indonesia by Amb. Amina C. Mohamed, CBS, CAV, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs & International Trade during the 9th WTO Ministerial conference held in Bali, Indonesia from 3 to 7 December, 2013.
  5. Visit to Kenya by the Minister for Foreign Affair of Indonesia in 20th June 2008
  6. Visit to Indonesia by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Kenya on 2-4 December, 2008 for a Ministerial meeting to discuss Joint Commission for Cooperation.

Philippines

Diplomatic Relations

The relations between Kenya and the Philippines are warm and cordial. Diplomatic relations were established in 1967. The Philippines has maintained a resident diplomatic mission in Nairobi since 1975, while Kenya is represented in the Philippines by the High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and an Honorary Consul in Manila, Mr. Albert Sycip Yuchengco.

Economic and Technical Co-operation

Kenya and Philippines signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) in March 2010 which provides a foundation for regular consultative meetings to explore ways to broaden and strengthen political, economic, scientific, technical, social and cultural cooperation between the two countries

People to People Links

People-to-People links between Kenyans and Filipinos through trade, investment, cultural exchange, education, tourism and migration are significant. Over 300 Kenyans are estimated to be living in the Philippines.

Brunei-Darussalam

Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic relationships between the two countries are warm and cordial.

Kenya and Brunei established diplomatic relations through a Joint Communique signed in August, 2008 and the High Commission in Kuala Lumpur is accredited to Brunei Darussalam. There is strong cooperation between the two countries especially in education where Brunei has been offering scholarships to Kenyan students.