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Address: Markgrafenstrasse 63, 10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel.: (+49) 30 25 92 66 0
(+49) 30 25 92 66 11

E-mail: office@kenyaembassyberlin.de

www.kenyaembassyberlin.de

The Ambassador

Joseph Magutt

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Amb. Joseph Magutt, also known as "Magoott", is a lecturer in politics and international studies at Kenyatta University and a motivational speaker. He has also taught graduate and undergraduate programmes in several universities, such as the United States International University, the Moi University, the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Egerton University. Amb. Magutt analyses local and international issues concerning politics, conflict and international relations, and also contributes to various media both locally and internationally.

Amb. Magutt writes on local and international political issues and his articles frequently feature in mainstream newspapers and magazines in Kenya. These include: Daily Nation, The Standard, and The People and Management Magazine. Ambassador Magutt was a member of the Orange Democratic Movement- Party of Kenya (ODM) campaign team in 2007 and contributed both to the strategy and the writing of the party manifesto. Amb. Magutt is also the patron of the Joseph Magutt Foundation.

In 2002 Amb. Joseph Magutt was nationally nominated KTN’s person of the year under forty, in what was billed "TOP 40 UNDER 40". This was a national survey of young people who have played significant national role and have distinguished themselves in leadership, influencing the lives of many positively. The nominees were voted by the public nationally. He is the Ambassador of Kenya in Berlin since 2014.

History

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Germany was the first country to recognise Kenya’s independence and both countries enjoy warm relations with one another. In 1966 President Heinrich Lübke of West Germany visited Nairobi, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Kenya in July 2011. She held talks with President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga. The Chancellor was on a tour to launch the newly conceived 'Afrika-Konzept'. 

In 2014 the Foreign Cabinet Secretary of Kenya, Amina Mohamed, met with the Cabinet Secretary of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in Berlin. In the same year, Former President of Germany, Horst Köhler, led a trade delegation to Nairobi. He also held talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta. Germany is usually the third or fourth largest source of tourists to Kenya. Germany, unlike other European countries, has not issued advice against travel to Kenya.

The development of cooperation between the two countries is based upon several factors, including agriculture, development of the water and sanitation sectors, good governance, education, and renewable energy. With regard to trade, Germany is Kenya's third largest export market in Europe after the UK and the Netherlands.