, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9 – Nic Hailey formally took office on Tuesday as the British High Commissioner to Kenya after presenting his credentials to President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House.
The envoy underlined the heightened value of Britain and Kenya’s strong and enduring relationship.
In particular, Hailey emphasised Britain’s commitment to grow further the commercial and development partnerships between the two countries in tackling poverty, improving education and health in Kenya.
“We stand today as two vibrant and modern countries, crucial to the success of our respective regions. We are each safer and more prosperous when the other is so,” Hailey said in his statement to the President.
The High Commissioner also pledged increased British support to Kenya’s efforts to tackle regional security and environmental issues affecting the interests of both countries.
“I hope also as High Commissioner to work with Your Excellency and your government to support the integration and development of this crucial region; to build together greater security in Somalia, South Sudan and the Great Lakes; and to tackle the global challenges of the 21st century, from climate change to the spread of violent extremism,” he said.
“We face these challenges as close partners, and as committed and engaged members of the commonwealth and the international community of nations.”
He succeeds Christian Turner who served as a envoy in Kenya for three years.