Nairobi – The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) on Wednesday approved the appointment of Defense Cabinet Secretary (CS) Monica Juma as Commonwealth Secretary General (SG), replacing Patricia Scotland, whose first mandate was due to expire last year.
A month ago, President Uhuru Kenyatta named CS Juma the seventh SG of the organization which comprises 54 nations, the United Kingdom and 53 countries that were previously British colonies.
KEPSA CEO Carole Kariuki exuded confidence in her ability to lead the Commonwealth and forge great improvements in the private sector.
She made the remarks during a roundtable breakfast attended by Flora Mutahi, President of KEPSA, Gloria Ndekei, Vice-President of the KEPSA Foundation, and Eva Muraya, Director of KEPSA.
“We have no doubt that her excellent qualifications, impeccable professional conduct, integrity as well as her experience as a diplomat position her well to provide a prosperous future for Commonwealth member states,” said Kariuki.
She noted that her extensive knowledge of regional and multinational governments, including multilateral relations as well as international development, security and humanitarian issues, makes her the best fit for the job.
She previously served as CS for Foreign Affairs and was instrumental in the success of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group.
“To echo President Kenyatta, his exemplary service as one of Kenya’s top diplomats makes CS Juma a quintessential diplomat,” she added.
If elected, CS Juma said she would help foster good relations and champion better opportunities for member states.
“I am very keen to promote trade between Commonwealth Member States as a key part of my connectivity program which aims to harness the benefits of digital technologies to expand and intensify the opportunities for intra-community trade interactions”, she added.
The election will take place at the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to be held in Kigali, Rwanda.
The date of the elections has not yet been announced.