Did you know that Ambassador Amina Mohammed, Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary graduated with a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in International Law from Kiev State University in Ukraine? Read on…
Tuko.co.ke interviewed the new ambassador of Ukraine in Kenya, Ambassador Yevhenii Tsymbaliuk who has been in Kenya since April 2015. Tsymbaliuk presented his credentials to President Uhuru Kenyatta on August 4 and has now embarked on a wide-ranging agenda of enhancing relations between Kenya and Ukraine. He revealed some interesting connections between Kenya and Ukraine.
1. Kenya’s Ambassador Mohammed and Ukraine’s Ambassador Tsymbaliuk have had distinguished international careers having represented their respective countries as representatives to various United Nations bodies. The two also attended the same university – Kiev State University – at different times.
“I have been a career diplomat. My last station was in New York dealing with the UN issues. My assignment to Kenya is my first ambassadorial assignment. It would be my pleasure to assist Ambassador Mohamed in preparation of her visit to Ukraine in the capacity of Cabinet Secretary,” says Tsymbaliuk.
Ambassador Amina Mohammed, Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary graduated with a Master of Laws degree in International Law from Kiev State University in Ukraine.
2. The presidential terms in Kenya and Ukraine are similar. Citizens of both countries elect their president for a five-year term of office and their terms are limited to two terms.
3. The two presidents of Kenya and Ukraine are vocal about promoting reforms and countering terrorism. Petro Poroshenko, the current president of Ukraine is keen to implement his peace plan and calls the Ukraine’s forces to be ready for a renewal of offensive by the enemy in the Donbass, while Uhuru Kenyatta has openly stated that the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) will continue with the fight against terror affiliated groups and will not pull out until Somalia stabilizes.
President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine is keen to implement his peace plan and calls the Ukraine’s forces to be ready for a renewal of offensive by the enemy in the Donbass.
4. To enhance economic relations and improve trade between the two countries, Ukraine and Kenya are working on agreements that will promote trade, investment and avoid double taxation. This will see Kenyan traders exporting tea, coffee and horticultural products to Ukraine and importing grain, fertilizers and metal products.
Ukraine and Kenya are working on agreements that will promote trade, investment and avoid double taxation.
5. Both countries are active in peace keeping efforts in Africa. Ukraine’s helicopters have been successfully used in managing conflict in Ivory Coast.
6. Tourism is a key sector for both Kenya and Ukraine. Annually, Ukraine receives more than 12 million tourists to see various historical sites.