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Australian High Commission, Kenya
Base Titanium's Shipment of Ilmenite from Kenya
On 13 February 2014, Base Titanium successfully made its first shipment of ilmenite from Kenya at the port of Mombasa, marking a milestone for Kenya and the development of its minerals sector. Australia’s High Commissioner to Kenya, H.E. Geoff Tooth, said the exports would transform livelihoods and the economy. “Kenya is now ripe, open for business and a mining boom. It is expected that with the confidence levels growing, more investors will come to mine,” he said. It is estimated that 330,000 tonnes of ilmenite worth Sh5.1 billion will be shipped out each year. Read the High Commissioner’s speech and see below links to the news coverage of the story.
Daily Nation - Base Titanium makes its first mineral shipment from Kenya
Business Daily - Base Titanium makes first shipment
Hon. Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Mining, is shown samples of the shipment by Base Titanium staff
An election for six new Senators for Western Australia will be held on Saturday, 5 April 2014. For more information, visit Services for Australians.
The Australian High Commission celebrated the launch of the Australia Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES) 2012-2013 Annual Report at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi on 4 March 2014. The event was attended by the High Commissioner and NGO partners who are involved in the implementation of the Scheme. The Annual Report shows how Australian Government support to NGOs is improving peoples’ lives and delivering more opportunities to the most vulnerable and poor, including people with a disability. Read the High Commissioner's speech and also the media releases for Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Also listen to a radio report filed by the South African Broadcasting Corporation on the launch of the report.
H.E Mr. Geoff Tooth, Australian High Commissioner to Kenya, with Agnes Ondeng' (in wheelchair) a community representative with disability supported by Plan International Kenya from Homa Bay County and Anna Ondunga, Project Coordinator (standing) with Plan International Kenya during the launch of the AACES 2012-13 Annual Report on March 4, 2014 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi
High Commissioner H.E. Geoff Tooth attended the graduation ceremony for the Hot Sun Foundation film school on 1 March 2014. The Foundation was started by Mr Jim Lindsay, former Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya, and his wife Ms Pamela Collett. The Foundation is a non-profit organisation which trains youth from the slum areas of East Africa in the various aspects of filmmaking with the vision of nurturing young filmmakers from the region.
High Commissioner H.E. Geoff Tooth with the graduates of the Hot Sun Foundation film school. With them are Ambassador Isiah Purnell, Deputy Ambassador of the United States of America (extreme right) and Mr Pieter Leenknegt, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Embassy of Belgium (behind left)
High Commissioner H.E. Geoff Tooth witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Kenya and the William J. Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) for a national system to track emissions and removals of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the land sector on 14 February 2014 at the Panafric Hotel. The proposed System for Land-based Emissions Estimation in Kenya (SLEEK) – a data and modelling system - will enable the Government of Kenya to quantify and report its land sector emissions as well as allow Kenya to evaluate different land-use scenarios for sustainable development and inform policy decisions on resource use, including planning for forest restoration, protection of forest resources, improved agricultural productivity, and enhanced water availability. The Australian Government has provided A$14.2 million over 5 years and technical & policy support for the SLEEK design since 2008, drawing from the experience of developing its own National Carbon Accounting System.
High Commissioner H.E. Geoff Tooth (back centre) witnesses the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Kenya and the Clinton Foundation
The Australian High Commission celebrated Australia Day on Tuesday, 28 January with a cocktail reception at the High Commissioner’s residence. About 350 guests attended the function including the diplomatic corps, high-level government and business contacts, alumni from Australian universities, and prominent Australians. High Commissioner H.E. Geoff Tooth pledged to strengthen bilateral ties between Australia and Kenya through the creation of more business and investment opportunities for Australian companies. He also vowed to continue to support Kenya’s devolution process. Read the High Commissioner’s speech here.
Australia's High Commissioner to Kenya H.E. Geoff Tooth delivers a speech during the Australia Day celebrations
The new Australian Government under Prime Minister Tony Abbott has introduced a new policy for managing unauthorised maritime arrivals by boat to Australia called Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB). Click here for further information on the new policy, and for a factsheet on the new government policy. On 3 December the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon. Scott Morrison, announced a cap on the number of permanent protections visas (class XA) which can be issued to persons found to be owed protection who arrived by boat before 19 July 2013.
Australian High Commissioner Geoff Tooth was the chief guest at the official opening of the Wanawake kwa Wanawake family centre on Wednesday, 4 December. The organisation was founded by Ms Marguerite Ryan AM, who graced the occasion along with the management board and the Christian Brothers.
High Commissioner H.E. Geoff Tooth and Ms Marguerite Ryan with a beneficiary of the Wanawake kwa Wanawake organisation
The Australia Awards in Africa Team received one of two highly commended awards for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s inaugural Disability-Inclusive Development awards on Monday, 2 December. The team was presented with the award by Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Mr Graeme Innes AM, during the Department’s celebration of the 21st International Day of People with Disability.
Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Mr Graeme Innes AM (left), gives an award to the Africa scholarships program
Australian High Commissioner H.E. Geoff Tooth visited the Open Heart International project in Rwanda at the King Faisal Hospital on 26 November. A team of 37 Australian volunteers from Open Heart International were in the country for two weeks to perform corrective surgery on 20 children with congenital heart defects or suffering from rheumatic heart disease. This project was part funded by a grant from the Direct Aid Program of the Australian High Commission.
An Australian surgeon with a child patient
High Commissioner Geoff Tooth laid the foundation for eight new classrooms at the Immanuel Afrika Academy on Wednesday, 20 November. Immanuel Afrika is a home for 55 former street boys, providing food, shelter, education, the opportunity to detox and hope for the future. The Australian High Commission has a long association with Immanuel Afrika and is pleased to support the construction of the new Immanuel Afrika Academy which will provide a quality education for the boys and the local community.
H.E. Geoff Tooth lays the foundation for classrooms at the Immanuel Afrika Academy
- The Kenya Australian Alumni Association was launched in April 2013 and with over 300 prospective members, it provides a forum for networking and sharing ideas. The Association will also promote Australian scholarships and support development efforts in Kenya. Click here to view the website for more information.
- The Australia Alumni Association of Uganda was launched in 2012 to act as a platform through which members of the Association can network and interact as a group. Click here to view the website for more information.
- The Australian High Commission's Passports Section counter will now operate from 9am to 12pm Monday to Friday.
- The Australian High Commissioner to Kenya, H.E. Geoff Tooth, was interviewed on Australia's trade and commercial links, education and tourism exchanges, and Australia's assistance to humanitarian programs in the East African region. Watch his interview here.
- Australia has appointed Honorary Consuls in Tanzania and Uganda. For information and contact details, click here.
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