(Ambassadors, personnel, family members of ASEAN Embassies in Nairobi, nationals from Singapore and Viet Nam, and representatives from the Kenyan MFA at the ASEAN Family Day event. Photo credit: Indonesian Embassy)
KIAMBU, KENYA, 20 September 2022 – ASEAN camaraderie and community were celebrated in Kenya during the ASEAN Family Day on 17 September 2022 at the Paradise Lost Resort and Park in Kiambu town.
Organized by the ASEAN Nairobi Committee (ANC)—composed of the heads of mission of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand—, the event was participated in by personnel of the four ASEAN Embassies in Kenya, their family members and nationals from Singapore and Viet Nam, with officials from the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs as guests.
In her remarks, Malaysian Chargé d'Affaires and current ANC Chair Fatin Zafirah Haris expressed her hope that the gathering would strengthen the bonds of friendship and foster unity among ASEAN nationals who are based in Kenya.
The event featured friendly games such as animal charades, numbers quiz game, and bakiak race in which all guests, including children, participated. The ANC also prepared a variety of ASEAN dishes and delicacies for everyone to enjoy.
The ASEAN Family Day, which was first held during the chairmanship of the Philippine Embassy in 2019, is an annual activity of the ANC organized in celebration of the founding anniversary of ASEAN. END
(From left: Ambassador Sasirit Tangulrat of Thailand, Chargé d'Affaires Fatin Zafirah Haris of Malaysia, Ambassador Marie Charlotte G. Tang of the Philippines, and Ambassador Mohamad Hery Saripudin of Indonesia)
(Players showed their competitive spirit during the Bakiak race, a traditional game in Indonesia which is typically played during its Independence Day celebrations. Photo credit: Indonesian Embassy)
(The team led by Ambassador Tang won first place, having scored the highest out of the five competing teams)
Philippine Ambassador to Kenya Marie Charlotte G. Tang (front row, fourth from left) with Amb. Sasirit Tangulrat of Thailand (front row, seventh from left), Amb. Mohamad Hery Saripudin of Indonesia (front row, rightmost), Chargé d’Affaires Fatin Zafirah Haris of Malaysia (front row, fifth from left), President Richard Ngatia of the KNCCI (front row, sixth from left), and other officials of KNCCI and ASEAN embassies (Photo credit: KNCCI).
NAIROBI, 06 September 2022 – Philippine Ambassador to Kenya Marie Charlotte G. Tang joined the heads of mission of Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia—the ASEAN Nairobi Committee (ANC)—in a courtesy call on the officials of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) on 05 September 2022 in Nairobi.
The heads of mission shared updates on the ASEAN Economic Community and the trade and investment opportunities available in the 10-member regional bloc, which is home to over 630 million people with a growing middle class and a big consumer base.
Ambassador Tang also shared updates on the Philippine economy, including the post-pandemic recovery priorities of the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. She added that there are opportunities for growth in the trade in goods between the Philippines and Kenya and this can build on the Kenyans’ familiarity with the Philippines’ creative industry, by way of Filipino dramas or teleseryes.
Mr. Richard Ngatia, President of the KNCCI, gave a presentation on Kenya’s economic milestones and aspirations, and highlighted the benefits and incentives that the Kenyan government offers to foreign investors.
At the end of the call, the ANC and the KNCCI agreed to establish a working relationship between their trade/economic attachés and technical officers to pursue concrete collaborative projects, including developing a platform for regular exchange of business information, as well as the possibility of exchange of visits and participation in trade exhibitions and business conferences between ASEAN and Kenya.
The KNCCI was established in 1965 as a membership-based trade support institution to advance the commercial interests of the Kenyan business community, including through linkages with foreign embassies.
The ANC is composed of ASEAN Member States that have resident embassies in Nairobi and works to promote the visibility and awareness of ASEAN among Kenyan stakeholders and the general public. END
Ambassador Tang shares a light moment with KNCCI President Ngatia before the joint courtesy call (Photo credit: KNCCI).
PH AMBASSADOR TANG PAYS COURTESY CALL ON IOM CHIEF OF MISSION SHARON DIMANCHE
Nairobi, 8 August 2022 – PH Ambassador Marie Charlotte G. Tang paid a courtesy call on International Organization for Migration (IOM) Chief of Mission Sharon Dimanche and discussed best practices on migration and possible areas of cooperation.
From left to right: Ambassador Sasirit Tangulrat of Thailand, Chargé d’Affaires Fatin Zafirah Haris of Malaysia, Director-General for Bilateral and Political Affairs Moi Lemoshira of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya, Ambassador Mohamad Hery Saripudin of Indonesia, and Ambassador Marie Charlotte G. Tang of the Philippines.
NAIROBI, 05 August 2022 – The 55th founding anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was commemorated by the ASEAN Nairobi Committee (ANC) through a special flag-raising ceremony held at the residence of the High Commissioner of Malaysia in Nairobi.
Philippine Ambassador to Kenya Marie Charlotte G. Tang joined her counterparts from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand in welcoming guests from the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), led by Ambassador Moi Lemoshira, Director-General for Bilateral and Political Affairs; the ASEAN diaspora in Kenya; and the media. The ANC is composed of four ASEAN Member States (out of ten) that have resident embassies in Nairobi.
Ambassador Sasirit Tangulrat of Thailand, speaking on behalf of the ANC, cited ASEAN solidarity and collective efforts as having contributed to the increased visibility and understanding of ASEAN in Kenya. She expressed hope that ASEAN and Kenya can further advance common interests in the post-pandemic world.
In her remarks read by Director-General Lemoshira, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Raychelle Omamo expressed appreciation for the excellent cooperation between Kenya and ASEAN Member States both bilaterally and multilaterally. She added that ASEAN and the East African Community (EAC)–which Kenya is a part of—share similar aspirations for peace, economic growth and social progress, a strong foundation for cooperation between the two groupings.
Guests in the ASEAN Day event partook of favorite ASEAN dishes and delicacies including chicken adobo, nasi lemak, nasi goreng, pad thai, teh tarik, and maja blanca, while enjoying folk music from ASEAN Member States. END
Director-General for Bilateral and Political Affairs Moi Lemoshira read the remarks of Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Raychelle Omamo on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of ASEAN.
Ambassador Tang (fifth from left) with Nairobi PE personnel and officers of the Filipino Community in Kenya.
- Tuesday, 20 September 2022 ASEAN COMMUNITY CELEBRATED IN KENYA THROUGH FAMILY DAY
- Tuesday, 06 September 2022 ASEAN NAIROBI COMMITTEE CALLS ON KENYAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
- Monday, 08 August 2022 PH AMBASSADOR TANG PAYS COURTESY CALL ON IOM CHIEF OF MISSION SHARON DIMANCHE
- Friday, 05 August 2022 ASEAN EMBASSIES IN NAIROBI COMMEMORATE ASEAN’S 55TH FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY
- Thursday, 14 July 2022 AUTHENTICATION OF CONTRACTS OF PHILIPPINE WORKERS