The government through the Foreign Affairs Ministry announces plans to halt the tradition of exporting Staff from Kenya to serve as diplomats in missions abroad.
The Kenyan Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday announced a shift in how the government will be employing diplomats working in various missions abroad.
While speaking in Sydney, Australia, where he addressed Kenyans in the diaspora, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Alfred Mutua stated that the government intends to halt the custom of exporting personnel from Nairobi to serve in foreign embassies in order to cut the expense of maintaining missions.
The Cabinet Secretary announced that moving forward, that his ministry and relevant employment authorities would seek to tap Kenyans already working in countries where Kenya already has missions.
Mutua clarified the drastic change is part of the new austerity measures introduced by President William Ruto to cut off wastage and optimize resource allocation.
“As part of my strategy to reduce the cost of running missions, we will be hiring Kenyans residing in the countries where we have missions to work for us instead of exporting staff from Nairobi,” Mutua announced the new policy.
According to data from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, around 3 million Kenyans 50 million population live and work abroad.
Additionally, Kenya has 55 embassies and high commissions, 32 consulates, and two other representations abroad.
The standard practice thus far has been to staff the different diplomatic offices abroad by sending diplomats from Kenya.
With the new changes announced by Alfred Mutua, the government will be giving priority to the 3 million Kenyans in the diaspora when the opportunity arises.
Mutua while in Sydney further announced more changes in service delivery at Kenyan embassies across the world.
The CS revealed that plans are underway to have Kenyan passports and identification cards printed in embassies to allow Kenyans working abroad to access their documents with ease.
As part of the plan to export human labour capital, the government announced it was seeking a bilateral labour agreement with Australia to allow Kenyans to emigrate as seasonal workers.