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By. Sharon Chahale
e training workshop for focal persons on
mainstreaming of National Cohesion and
National values was held at the Machakos
University College from 14th to 17th June
2016. e workshop which was sponsored
by the Directorate of National Cohesion
and National Values was ocially opened
by the secretary of the Directorate, Mr.
Michael Ndungu, HSC and the Director
Dr. F. Owino. e purpose of the
workshop was to train focal point persons
in the government institutions on how
to mainstream National Cohesion and
National Values at grass root level. e focal
point persons were also trained as trainers
(TOT) for purpose of capacity building
to enable them participate as facilitators
in training and awareness programmes
eectively.
e Senior HRM Ocer, Ms Key Arucy
aended the training. e participants were
inducted on National Values and Principles
of Governance as reected in Session
Paper No.8 of 2013 on National Values
and Principles of Governance and, Session
Paper No.9 of 2013 on National Cohesion
and Integration.
During the workshop the participants were
trained on beer reporting for quarterly
reports to the Directorate and how to
prepare the ‘Annual president’s report on
measures taken and progress achieved
in the realization of National Values and
Principles of Governance. Emphasis was
focused on target seing and reporting
of registered milestones, policies and
legislative framework adopted for purposes
of mainstreaming National Values and
Principles of Governance and, how to
handle challenges encountered through
sharing of experiences on what is happening
in other Public institutions.
Focal Persons’ Training Workshop On Mainstreaming
National Cohesion And National Values
Retreat on Cultural Diplomacy by Ministry of Foreign
Aairs Held at Windsor Golf & Country Club
By. Ketty Arucy
e Ministry of Foreign Aairs and
International Trade has been pursuing
the implementation of Kenyas Foreign
Policy based on ve (5) interlinked pillars
of diplomacy. ese pillars inform the
core priorities and strategies for Kenyas
bilateral and multilateral engagement so as
to strengthen relationships, enhance social
cultural cooperation and promote national
interests.
e ministry is keen on partnering with
key stakeholders in implementing the
cultural diplomacy pillar. KECOBO was
identied as one of the stakeholders. e
ministry held the one day retreat with
stakeholders to interrogate the modalities
of implementing the above mentioned
strategies to eectively promote culture.
KECOBO was represented by the Deputy
Chief Legal Counsel Ms. Chahale on behalf
of the Ag. Executive Director.
e stakeholders retreat was structured in
two sessions. e rst one involved topical
presentations with facilitators outlining
dierent aspects of Cultural Diplomacy
followed by comments, questions and
answers. e second session was group
discussions whereby the participants
were divided into ve groups each group
handling the ve strategic objectives and
presenting the summary of discussions
thereaer.
Topical presentations
(i) Reections on Cultural Diplomacy -
Framing the Value
is presentation provided insights
as to why there is need to think about
Cultural Diplomacy, how it works and
give practical examples on how we
can exploit our culture through what
already exists.
(ii) Group Discussions and presentations
e participants were divided into
ve groups each tackling one strategic
objective which were drawn from the
objectives of the Cultural Diplomacy
pillar of the Kenya Foreign Policy. ey
include: Respect and recognize cultural
diversity and heritage; Promote
cultural exchanges and partnerships;
Promote global intercultural dialogue;
Promote sports and art diplomacy by
recognizing the role of Kenyan artists,
athletes and other sportsmen and
women; and Promote the recognition
of Kiswahili as a continental and global
language.
One of the strategies formulated was the
protection of Intellectual Property Rights
that arise from these cultural expressions in
order to promote creativity. e members
also noted that Kenya needs strong presence
in the global IP fora to avoid situations
where IPRs can be lost. It was noted that
Kenya needs to dene our cultural products
more broadly and ensure the Protection of
our cultural gains