The Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC)


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Delegation of the Republic of Kenya

Committee:       Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC)

Topic:                 “A continent with seamless borders” - Introduction of an African Passport

1. Introduction to Kenya’s Foreign Policy

In its foreign policy the Republic of Kenya pursues the vision of “a peaceful, prosperous and globally competitive Kenya”.[1] Its strong national interests are thereby perceived to be closely interlinked with the unity, prosperity, peace, stability and security of Africa and its sub-regions. As such, the Republic of Kenya strongly believes in the need for strong regional integration, multilateralism and bilateralism on the African continent. It vows to pursue a leading role in fostering integration, as it views integration as a necessary prerequisite for stability and security of the African community as well as its sustainable economic development. Consequently, Kenya seeks to support the African Union as well as sub-regional organizations and institutions such as the East African Community (EAC), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Among them the African Union is seen as the leader of African development and integration, whereas the EAC is considered “Kenya’s most important foreign policy” partner due to the fact that its member states are Kenya’s most crucial economic partners. All in all, Kenya’s Foreign Policy was erected on five pillars: the Economic Pillar, the Peace Diplomacy Pillar, the Environmental Pillar, the Cultural Pillar and the Diaspora Pillar, each of which containing area specific goals and strategies to be pursued not only to the benefit of Kenya and its people, but also to that of its partners.[2]

Moreover, the country considers the world to be tied together by a “common humanity”. As a consequence, it aims at establishing ties only if they can be considered mutually beneficial for all parties involved and only in strong adherence with international norms, customs and laws.[3]

2. Kenya’s Visa and Passport Policy

Strongly connected to Kenya’s aim of strengthening regional integration is the pur...

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