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By SME Digital Correspondent

His Majesty Emperor Akihito honoured Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed with the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun on Tuesday.

This is the highest honour conferred to Foreign Nationals in recognition of their distinguished achievements and is awarded to those who have made distinguished achievements.

In an awards ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, today attended by among others Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Amb. Amina Mohamed was awarded for her immense contribution towards the promotion of close and cordial ties between Kenya and Japan.

Commenting on the award, Amb. Amina Mohamed said; “This is a great honour to me, the staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on whose behalf I receive it.”

CS Amina Mohamed was also instrumental, in Kenya’s successful hosting the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development Summit (TICAD VI) in Nairobi in August 2016. This was the first time ever for the conference to be held on African soil.

She thanked His Majesty Emperor Akihito, the people and the government of Japan for the honour, adding that Kenya-Japan relationship was solid and set to grow to even higher heights.

“She has contributed to the reinforcement of economic relations and promoting friendly relations between Japan and the Republic of Kenya,” she added.

The Order of the Rising Sun, established in 1875, features rays of sunlight radiating from the rising sun. The attachment is shaped into a chrysanthemum.

Kenya and Japan enjoy warm and cordial bilateral relations, dating back to 1965 when Japan opened a mission in Nairobi. The two countries continue to actively cooperate in various areas including infrastructure development, energy, health, education, science and technology, agriculture, water, and irrigation.

Major outcomes of the TICAD VI Summit were, the Nairobi Declaration and the Nairobi Implementation Plan and the Nairobi TICAD Business Declaration.

The areas of focus of the TICAD VI resonate well with Kenya’s Vision 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s Agenda 2063. The implementation of these three development perspectives reinforces each other.

Substantially, during TICADVI Japan pledged Kshs 3 trillion mainly targeting people ‘empowerment’ and building ‘Quality infrastructure’, for a period of three years. Out of this amount, Kshs 1 trillion is for developing quality infrastructure under Public Private Partnership.

A total of 73 MoUs worth Kshs 3 trillion were signed to boost trade and investment between African countries and Japan. The MoUs cover infrastructure, education, health, agriculture, ICT and mining among others.

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