Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Peninah Malonza, has today held a meeting with the Ambassador of the State of Israel to Kenya, Amb. Michael Lotem. They discussed potential areas of partnerships in wildlife, tourism, and culture.
“It gives me great pleasure to be here today to further discuss the deliberations agreed upon during the third meeting of the Kenya-Israel Joint Trade Committee (JTC), held in Jerusalem, Israel, on 16 th May 2022.,” said CS Malonza.
The CS also added that introducing direct flights between Kenya and Israel will go a long way towards cementing the 2 states’ mutually beneficial relationship and is also a symbol of the efforts to make both countries thrive economically.
The CS also acknowledged that resilience and tourism development is a weighty but critical matter whose level of significance cannot be underrated.
“It is with pride that I note that we have a Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Center (GTRCMC), here in Nairobi at the Kenyatta University. This is a tourism resource Center dedicated to conducting relevant research and analysis so that the Kenyan destination preparedness, management and recovery, in times of crises, are all guided by policies emanating from and informed by scientific research. I therefore welcome the people from Israel to come and learn from us,” added the CS.
On matters of security, the CS appreciated Israel’s technical assistance in tourist security under the Tourist Police Unit (TPU).
“As a country, we can benefit immensely from the advanced technology, machinery, and techniques the government of Israel uses when it comes to security issues. We are glad that we already have an MoU between the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Israel nature and park authority on training of KWS officers in matters of security,” said CS Malonza.