Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Prince Albert Drops in on President Kibaki, Champions Environmental Awareness

Prince Albert took a break from hanging out at the FIFA World Cup to pay a visit to Kenya. Whilst there he dropped in on President Mwai Kibaki for a quick chat. During the meeting, President Kibaki hailed Prince Albert II for supporting environmental and peace initiatives in Kenya and thanked Monaco for supporting the Green Africa Foundation in Kitui and the Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation in Kapenguria which have helped in environmental conservation and promoted peace initiatives in the country. President Kibaki also welcomed the appointment of Mr. Shahnawaz Murji as Honorary Consul of Monaco to Kenya, saying the move signified Monaco's commitment to strengthening her relations with Kenya.

On his part, Albert reiterated his personal commitment to working towards enhancing the existing relations between Monaco and Kenya. The Prince expressed optimism that the two countries will exploit more areas of mutual cooperation for the benefit of their citizens.

Another stop on Albert's journey before he heads to Sweden for the for the four day wedding celebrations of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling saw him visit the Kitui district where he urged Kenyans to plant more trees as a means of mitigating climate change. Albert, through his Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, is a partner of Green Africa Foundation which has been encouraging local communities in Kitui, Lamu, Meru and Kajido to plant the Jatropha tree for bio-fuel and as a means of preventing climate change. During the visit, which was also attended by the Director of Kenya Forest Service D.K. Mbugua, Albert said, "I am happy to see what is happening here. What I have seen here is real. These are not abstract ideas. It's happening and people's lives are being improved through the adoption of green technology".

And Albert's busy schedule just never stops. As I said above, tonight (June 16) Albert will attend the gala dinner held by the County Governors on the ship Götheborg in Skeppsholmen as part of the wedding celebrations of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Daniel Westling.

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