Kenya launches database, treaty web link

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-23 22:00:24|Editor: ying
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NAIROBI, June 23 (Xinhua) -- Kenya on Friday launched a database and web link that hosts all treaties that the government has signed since attaining independent.

Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Amina Mohamed said that the web link will enable the public to have easy government-enabled access to the information on treaties signed by Kenya and relevant information.

"Kenya has signed many treaties and agreements but unfortunately they are scattered in various ministries and departments, hence making access to them difficult to them," Mohamed said during the launch in Nairobi.

She said that the Ministry has opened a department of treaties under a Registrar to ensure that all treaties signed since 1963 are placed online for both locals and international consumers.

Mohamed noted that the launch signifies the government's commitment of the crucial role of treaties in line with the Ministry's responsibility as the country's repository of all treaties for which Kenya is party to or is in the process of becoming a party to.

The database is available in the ministry's official website and contains details of each treaty and agreement, date and place of adoption, date of signature, date of ratification, when such treaty entered into force and the relevant domestic Laws.

Users are encouraged to rely on their own enquiries in using the information and check with primary sources whenever they need to access the 26 thematic areas on the website.

"It is important that all government ministries and departments share treaties in their domain with us to enable researchers and academicians access information," Mohamed added.

She noted that the move will help promote international and regional integration between Kenya and the friendly countries.

Mohamed noted that the launch is part of the country's Science and Technology and Innovation (STI) policy that aims at turning Kenya into an industrialized country by the year 2030.

"This is an important move by Kenya that is expected to help investors into the country," Zimbabwean Ambassador and Head of the Diplomatic Corp in Kenya Kelebert Nkomani said.

He called on countries within the Common Markets for the Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) to embrace the idea.

The database contains several treaties including the 1970 Charter of the UN, the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties that was adopted in 1997 and the international Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, 1979(SAR) that came into force in 2017.