Bastille Day 14july 2018 [fr]
The Bastille Day, celebrated every 14th of July, was held at the Residence of the Embassy of France to Kenya and Somalia on Peponi road.
The Bastille Day celebrations were presided over by the Chargée d’Affaires a.i Madame Kim RAMONEDA in the presence of our Chief Guest Honorable Najib BALALA, Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, a special guest the incoming French Ambassador designate Aline KUSTER-MENAGER and Mr. Jean-Louis MENAGER, Ambassador Jean KIMANI from the office of the Chief Administrative Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, colleagues from other diplomatic missions and other invited guests.
In her remarks, Madame RAMONEDA echoed the sentiments of President Emmanuel MACRON that the so called “African Policy” of France was over; highlighting that this didn’t mean that France turns its back on Africa, but a shift in the franco-african relations. President MACRON believes that it is in Africa that the future of the world will largely play out and France key priority areas are the youth, education, innovation, climate change and Francophonie.
Madame Ramoneda put great emphasis on the ever growing Franco-Kenyan relations. This is evidenced in the renewed commitment of French Development Agency, AFD, in Kenya as the Agency will invest 1.2 billion in the next 5 years.
At the heart of this strategy, are key-development issues, mainly in energy, water and transport infrastructures, but also support to the private sector and climate change. In June this year, AFD CEO, Rémy Rioux was in the country and this visit was the occasion to sign new conventions for 400 million euros. The visit of a delegation of fifty French companies, led by the President of MEDEF, Pierre GATAZ, last march, was the occasion to identify twelve priority projects carried by the French companies that will contribute to the Big 4 Agenda.
There is significant progress in trade relations between France and Kenya and this represents hundreds of millions of Euros. France is the 3rd foreign investor in Kenya in terms of Foreign Direct Investments.
Kenya, being a real logistics and commercial hub in East Africa, is a strategic market for French companies wishing to develop their activities in Africa.
Madame Ramoneda encouraged French companies to come to Kenya, and to build long-term partnerships with Kenyan companies in order to develop win-win business streams.
These investors rely on well trained and educated local staff; France through its affiliate organizations develops partnerships in higher education, vocational training and research. Present at the Bastille Day celebrations were 10 Kenyan students who got their scholarships to pursue their Masters and Doctorates studies in France.
France, which is represented in Mogadishu by the Embassy based in Nairobi, is deeply involved, through its action within the EU and the United Nations, in the stabilization of Somalia. It represents a commitment of over €100M per year. France will continue to support Somali authorities on the many reforms that they should pursue, for the sake of regional stability.
On multilateral diplomacy, France continues to work closely with the United Nations Environment Programme and UN-Habitat. The presence of their global headquarters here places Nairobi at the heart of the world’s efforts to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals. This struggle for our planet’s future being fought on the African soil is of particular relevance. Nairobi has been designated by the UN General Assembly, with the valuable support of UNEP, to host the negotiation of a Global Pact for the Environment. France intends, in close partnership with Kenya, to be active in this negotiation, which is among its key priorities.
At the Embassy we are committed to following the new directive from our Ministry to develop a feminist policy at the international level. Equality between women and men is one of the main goals of our government for the French presidency of the next G7 in 2019. Therefore, as directed, we are planning to systematically incorporate a gender dimension to all our programs. We are proud to say that most of our development projects are already fully compliant with regards to equality. However, we have systematically incorporated a gender dimension to all our programs.
This year is a key year for the French and European people. On the 11th of November, France will celebrate the centenary of the 1918 Armistice. On this day President Macron decided to organize a Peace Forum in Paris. This Forum has one main goal: think together, propose concrete initiatives, and reinvent multilateralism and all modern forms of cooperation to ensure peace gains ground every day; because peace is currently losing ground every day. Apart from Heads of State and Government, leaders of international organizations, NGO leaders, intellectuals, stakeholders among others are also invited. If you share in this objective, if you have a governance project, then come and contribute to the Paris Peace Forum.
Vive la France – Vive le Kenya – Vive l’amitié franco-kényane
A special thanks to all the sponsors who made the Bastille Day such a huge success.
To our Platinum sponsors; Peugeot, Bamburi, Grid Solutions, Gold sponsors; Carrefour, Total, Bolloré, Sagecom, Renault, Air France-KLM, CMA, Siemens, MB Architects, Yves Rocher, Accord Hotels. Silver sponsors; Camusat, Razel, Egis Kenya, Sogea Satcom, Allianz, Sanofi-Pasteur, Thalis, Airbus Helicopters, SPP Aluminium, Bronze sponsors; Gras Savoye, Mazars, HM Clause, CFAO – DT Dobbie, AGS Kenya, Saint Gobain, Kingsway Tyres, l’Oreal, Engie, Chambre de Commerce, Red Land Roses, Kenya Nut, OCEA, Canal Plus, Pernod Ricard, Société Général, Business France and all other partners, the day wouldn’t have been a success without you.