In Summary
  • The new KQ flight to Geneva will be an opportunity for our civil societies to connect and work together more strategically.
  • Geneva and Nairobi, Switzerland and Kenya, have a lot of common interests when it comes to the promotion of human rights, peace, trade and health.

Today, Kenya’s national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) will launch direct flights from Nairobi to Geneva.

I shall be on that inaugural flight. And although I have flown between Kenya and Switzerland many times over the four years that I have served in Nairobi, this will be a uniquely satisfying trip for me.

This is because, for the first time — and going forward — the Nairobi and the Geneva headquarters of the United Nations will be directly linked.

Kenya and Switzerland will, literally, take their relationship to new heights!

This is truly good news for me as Ambassador of Switzerland to Kenya and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON).

Over the past four years, I have been working tirelessly to strengthen our bilateral relations and to connect the UN headquarters in Geneva with the one in Nairobi.

CORRUPTION

Switzerland was one of the first countries to recognise Kenya as a free and independent country. Since then, a lot has happened.

The professional highlight of my stay in Kenya was the official visit of the President of the Swiss Confederation, Alain Berset, in June last year. Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta received him very warmly.

Only Kenyans can be so generous and gracious hosts!

Both Presidents cemented our long-standing cooperation in the fight against corruption. Since that visit, Switzerland has offered to further increase its support to help Kenya to fight the devastating cancer of grand corruption.

Another important result of the presidential visit was the announcement of the establishment of a Kenyan Embassy in Berne.

A few weeks ago, the Kenyan government appointed its first Ambassador to Switzerland. This will be very beneficial to our bilateral relations.

TRADE

I very much look forward to seeing my Kenyan colleague embark on his new mandate in Berne and working with him.

However, our relations are far more than government to government. We also have business to business links.

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