Kenya is presenting Ambassador Nancy Karigithu for the position of Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), a specialised UN Agency that regulates shipping.
President William Ruto said the bid underscores that Africa and Kenya have the talent for global leadership positions.
He expressed confidence that Ms Karigithu will bring to the IMO invaluable experience in the management of global maritime affairs.
Kenya secured the endorsement of the African Union to present a candidate during the High Level Mid-Year Coordination Meeting held in Zambia in July.
Ms Karigithu is a renowned maritime expert with 26 years experience in the sector.
The President expressed confidence that Amb. Karigithu will bring to the IMO strong competencies and invaluable experience in the management of global maritime and development of the oceans and blue economy that hold much promise for the international community.
Kenya secured the endorsement of the African Union for Amb. Karigithu’s candidature during the High-Level Mid-Year Coordination Meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, in mid-July, 2022.
That endorsement places Kenya’s leading maritime expert in a strong position by situating her not just as a national candidate, but also as Africa’s flagbearer in the race for a critical global post.