​The Ambassador García de Viedma Bernaldo de Quirós. Foto MAEC
The Ambassador

Mr. Javier García de Viedma Bernaldo de Quirós

Message from the Ambassador  

 
Welcome to the website of the Embassy of Spain in Nairobi.
 
I begin my assignment at the Embassy with great excitement, in the same year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of its opening. Our bilateral relations have been hugely reinforced during all these years and I wish to express my gratitude to all my predecessors for their excellent work.
 
Kenya is known to many as one of the most fascinating tourist destinations is the world, but it is also a country full of opportunities. With both a population and area similar to Spain, Kenya has launched an ambitious project of change and modernization, the “Vision 2030”. Hand by hand with the Commercial Office of the Embassy, I will work to consolidate and encourage our political, economic and cultural presence in the country, and share our experience in private and public sectors.
 
This Embassy is also accredited before Somalia and Uganda. In Somalia, our renowned participation in Operation EUNAVFOR Atalanta, EUTM Somalia and EUCAP Nestor prove our firm commitment with this region and our support to the democratic and pacification process Somalia is undergoing. This commitment is crucial for Somalia and that is why Spain has been the main contributor to Atalanta since it was launched. Somalia will be one of the cornerstones of my mission.
 
Uganda is a key regional actor in Central and East Africa. We established diplomatic relations in 1969 and we will explore synergies to reinforce our relationship. The National Development Plan to help Uganda reach the status of middle income country shows great potential, as does the tourism industry in the country. Spain is ready to support in both areas.
 
Furthermore, in my task as the Permanent Representative of Spain before the United Nations bodies in Nairobi, UNEP and UN-Habitat, I will emphasize Spain´s multilateral vocation -within the context of the exit strategy from the Security Council-. Our purpose is to raise our profile and increase our presence within the United Nations at all levels. The respect and promotion of Human Rights is one of the priorities of our external action, having Spain submitted its candidacy to the UN Human Rights Council for 2018-2020.
 
Finally, I would like to greet all my compatriots, remaining at your full disposal. One of my most important duties as an Ambassador will be to assist and support all our nationals living or visiting the country as well as promoting exchange in all domains: social, economic, educational, scientific and cultural. Many Spaniards are carrying out humanitarian assistance and altruistic cooperation in Kenya. Be sure you can count on the Embassy in this praiseworthy mission.
 
I invite you all to follow our day-to-day through our webpage and social media.
 
Tuonane Badaye! See you soon!
 
Nairobi, May 2017 
 

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