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Meltdown calls for unity, says Kibaki

NAIROBI, October 15 – The global financial crisis is another reminder of the need for the world community to tackle global challenges in a unified manner, President Mwai Kibaki has said.

He said the crisis was also an indication that globalisation was real and actions of single individuals and nations would have serious consequences on the rest of the world.

“The global financial crisis is an indication of the need to create stable financial markets that would especially serve the most vulnerable members of the developing world,” the President said at State House Nairobi when he received credentials from eight new envoys to Kenya.

The envoys are the incoming British High Commissioner Robert Nigel Paul Macaire, Ambassador Ivan Picukaric of Croatia, High Commissioner Yatiman bin Yusof of Singapore, Tunisian ambassador Halem Atallah, High Commissioner Momodou Jallo of Gambia, Ambassador Amadou N’Diaye of Mali, Ambassador Cherif Mahat Zene of Chad and Ambassador Zuhar Saleh Al-Shun of Palestine.

President Kibaki encouraged the envoys to visit all parts of the country and interact freely with Kenyans in order to succeed in the course of their tour of duty.

Presenting his credentials, the incoming British High Commissioner Robert Macaire said as the world economy entered troubled and uncertain times his government would strengthen the close development partnership with Kenya in tackling poverty and improve the education and health sectors.

On their part, Ambassador Picukaric of Croatia, Ambassador Atallah of Tunisia, Ambassador Al-Shun of Palestine, High Commissioner Jallo of Gambia, Ambassador Zene of Chad and Ambassador N’Diaye of Mali pledged to strive to boost the existing cordial relations between Kenya and their countries.

Noting that Kenya is a bustling economic hub in the East African region while Singapore is a gateway to East Asia, High Commissioner Yusof of Singapore said there was potential for the two countries to cooperate and act as springboards to enter each other’s region for the benefits of the people of the two countries.

He said entrepreneurs in Kenya and Singapore could also tap on each other’s expertise and form partnerships to enter the growing markets in Asia and Africa.

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