, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 23 – Kenyans now have access to the treaties signed by the government after the launch of the Registrar of Treaties Database and web link on Friday.
Speaking during the launch, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said the web link signifies the government’s commitment and need for the public to have access to the database on treaties and the information relevant to them.
“The registrar is tasked with the responsibility of acting as a depositary of all treaties that Kenya has signed, ratified and acceded to. The registrar is also required to maintain a website of these treaties pursuant to Section 15 (3) of the Treaty Making and Ratification Act, No. 45 of 2012 (Rev. 2014),” she said. “This will greatly enhance public access to information as well as facilitate public accessibility and awareness of the treaties.”
Mohamed stated that the web link will be a centralised source of information that will be continuously updated to reduce duplication.
“It is our belief that the establishment of the web link, the resourcing and strengthening of the office will greatly reduce duplication, save resources for and allow better planning of the functions of the office. The website will also become a key tool for all stakeholders as an easy and convenient way to access information on treaties.”
“In addition, the website will aid policy makers, enable sharing of experiences and exchange of information in this rapidly changing socio-economic environment.”
At the regional and continental level, the web link will play a key role in promoting regional cooperation and integration by sharing information on Kenya’s international obligations.
It will be a user friendly instrument to our negotiators at the bilateral and multilateral levels.
The website is active and unrestricted and can be accessed using internet enabled devices.
The launch is in line with the ministry’s responsibility as the country’s repository of all treaties for which Kenya is party to or is in the process of becoming a party to.
Currently the web link which one can access via treaties.mfa.go.ke holds over 100 treaties touching on different fields.