Ambassador Amina Mohammed, the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade has challenged students to set big dreams and achieve them. She was talking at the 8-4-4 building on Tuesday,March, 22, 2016.
Addressing the Sociology Class of 2016, the Cabinet Secretary, who was accompanied by her husband, Mr. Mohammed, noted that the youth are the engine that powers the Kenyan economy as the government is very proud of them.
“If your dreams don’t scare you, it is not big enough”, she said, quoting from H.E Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia. According to the Ambassador, President Sirleaf, has been her mentor, since they met some 20 years ago, when she was in intern at the United Nations in New York.
The Foreign Affairs ministry has achieved a lot during her tenure as the Cabinet Secretary. Her key achievements include; hosting the Global Entrepreneurship Forum (GES 2015), World Trade Organization among others. According the Cabinet Secretary, getting these deals to Kenya is no mean feat as many countries including the super powers like United States of America, Britain, Germany, France, China, Russia compete for the same opportunities, investors and tourists.
Kenya as a country has a huge potential and as a product, it is easy to sell. Kenya boasts of a pool of highly trained young population that is technologically savvy. The highly skilled young population makes Kenya tick and acts as an incentive that draws investors to our borders.
CS Amina Mohammed urged the students to work hard and make Kenya great despite challenges like climate change and cyber crime terrorism. She encouraged students to march forward with confidence because Kenya is a great country. She noted that Kenya has made great gains towards combating terrorism which is a global problem.
Among the strategies employed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs include; strengthening bilateral cooperation, enhancing the security sector and growing capacity abroad.
Her parting shot to the students: Be your brother’s keeper and keep your friends.
The public lecture was attended by the Prof. Enos Njeru, the Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Chairman of Sociology Department, staff and students.
The University has a mandate to produce holistic graduates and it is in this endeavour that various departments invite public figures to interact with the students.