From    :  Public Communications Office

Date     :  31.8.2015

The State Department of East African Affairs, Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, was one of the five new exhibitors during this year’s  Mombasa Regional Trade Fair, and won the hearts of the Show’s branch chairman Mr. Brown Ondego.

President Uhuru Kenyatta opened the show, and it was during the welcome address by the show chairman that he praised the State Department for displaying quality exhibits though it was participating for the first time as a department. Amongst the dignitaries who also visited the stand and were impressed by the services the Department offers the public within the East African Community included the Principal Secretary in the Ministry Mr. John O. Konchellah, Managing Director, Agricultural Finance Corporation Mr. Robert  Mesu ,  Director of Administration in the ministry Ambassador Ngaithe, among others.

Mr. Konchellah praised the staff for their dedication despite the working under challenging circumstances. He advised them to start early preparations for the forthcoming Nairobi International Trade Fair, so as to ensure the ministry‘s competitive edge against its rivals. The show closed its doors to the public last Sunday.

In his opening remarks on Thursday, President Uhuru directed security agencies, government officers and the politicians at the Coast Region to fight drug abuse amongst youth. He assured area leadership of his support in their war against second generation brews and drugs abuse.

The directive threw the leaders from the area in a spin, as they mapped out hotspots in readiness for the launch by the President. They pledged to mobilize the residents to give them information which would be used to flush out drug users and take them to rehabilitation centers.

Those present at the opening ceremony, who also accompanied the President during a conducted tour of the Show Stands, included Internal Security Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, the Principal Secretary in the State Department of East African Affairs, Mr. John O. Konchellah, Internal Security Principal Secretary Dr. Monica Juma, and Prof Michieni Ntiba of the State Department of Fisheries among others.