This section provides information that Kenyans living in Belgium and Luxembourg may find useful.
Please note that the Embassy cannot be held responsible for the information provided by the organizations mentioned, nor for the contents of websites accessed through this page.
Kenya Embassy, Brussels
ACP Secretariat, Brussels
The ACP Secretariat in Brussels has the following vacancy:
Click here for the CV format.
Mapping of Medical Professionals in Diaspora (Oct. 2016)
As part of implementing the National Diaspora Policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is partnering with a group of medical professionals in the Diaspora to form an Association of Diaspora experts in the medical profession.
The group, under the Initiative for Diaspora Engagement & Assimilation (IDEA), is aimed at documenting skills and networks of healthcare and science professionals in the Diaspora (doctors, nurses, scientists and scholars), and subsequently form an association of professionals that can effectively contribute to achieving the healthcare objectives of Kenya.
In this regard, therefore, the Embassy requests any Kenyans who exercise a healthcare profession in Belgium and Luxembourg to participate in this mapping exercise, by providing their profile. Please provide the following information to the Consular section:
- Contact details (incl. country)
- Qualifications / specialisation
- Current job description
- Work experience
The information provided will only be used for this particular exercise.
Property Investment in Kisumu (April 2016)
The Director, Diaspora & Consular Affairs, of the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Trade is informing of the development of an upmarket community residential property in Kisumu. Phase 1 is almost complete with 40 units, while Phase 2, which is to be started later in 2016, will have 50 units. Additional information is available on www.victoriagardenskisumu.com.
Pre-shipment inspection requirements for export to Kenya (Jan. 2016)
The Kenya Bureau of Standards has published new regulations regarding pre-shipment inspection requirements for all goods exported to Kenya, including vehicles.
- Click here to read the manual.
Task Force on voting by the Kenyan Diaspora in elections & referenda (2015)
The Government has appointed a Task Force to facilitate voting by the Kenyan Diaspora in general elections and referenda, in line with the Constitution. The Task Force is inviting Kenyans in the Diaspora to submit their views for the preparation of its final report, which will guide policy and legislative changes to help Kenyans abroad realize their constitutional right.
- Submit your views through this email address.
Kenyans in the diaspora are further invited to consult the website of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), which is mapping Kenyan citizens residing outside Kenya for the purpose of voter registration & voting.
Diaspora Policy (2015)
The Kenyan government has developed a Diaspora Policy in recognition of the urgent need to mainstream the Kenyan Diaspora into the national development process, in line with the aspirations and goals of the Kenya Vision 2030.
The Kenya Vision 2030 recognises Diaspora contribution as a major enabler to the growth of the economy, and a critical factor in the achievement of the overarching vision of a globally competitive and prosperous Kenya by the year 2030. It is in recognition of this imperative that development of a Diaspora Policy was identified as one of the Kenya Vision 2030 flagship projects.
Some of the key interventions proposed in this Policy Paper are: curbing the high cost of remittances, improving consular services to address issues of Kenyans abroad, using the Kenyans abroad to promote tourism, tapping into Diaspora talents to reverse the current brain drain, and designing a dedicated web portal to facilitate collection of data and profiles of Kenyans abroad for proper planning and engagement.
Guidelines on duty-free importation of vehicles (Jan. 2015)
Pursuant to the directive by HE the President of the Republic of Kenya, HE Uhuru Kenyatta, that returning members of the Diaspora community who cannot enjoy duty-free facility on their left-hand drive vehicles be allowed to import vehicles of similar category duty-free, the National Treasury and the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) have developed guidelines to implement the President's directive.
The mission herewith posts the official guidelines on the matter. Any clarification or additional information can be obtained by telephone or email contact from the head of consular services.
Kenya Commercial Bank looking for diaspora sales agents
The Embassy wishes to inform that Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) launched diaspora banking in its subsidiaries and in global markets, including London, United Kingdom, and the United States of America in 2012. KCB is now seeking to partner with Kenyans living abroad, either as individuals or as registered businesses, in a bid to give the bank presence in the global market. The Kenyan diaspora are welcomed to apply to be sales agents for the bank, and will be expected to:
- Market KCB to the Kenyan diaspora who would wish to open accounts and take up mortgages. Please note that all operations pertaining to opening of accounts or loan processing will be handled by KCB staff upon receipt of documents from the sales agent;
- Provide support to potential diaspora banking customers to complete account opening documentation;
- Cross sell and upsell KCB products to existing diaspora customers;
- Create awareness and build the KCB brand in various diaspora markets.
Interested Kenyans are requested to forward their details (name, telephone number, e-mail and address) to the Embassy via e-mail, for onward transmission to the bank.
Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) (Aug. 2011)
- Click here for information on loans, bursaries and scholarships offered by HELB.
- HELB currently funds students in the East African Community region, but is sourcing for funds that will enable it to extend similar loan facilities to Kenyan students studying abroad elsewhere. Once this is effected, the latter will be subjected to the same terms and conditions as those who attend local institutions of higher learning.
- Note that the Ministry of Higher Education, Science & Technology is no longer providing loans and bursaries, and students should, therefore, look for alternative ways to fund their education and subsistence abroad.
Health care project in Kenya (June 2012)
Matibabu Belgium is a non-profit association which provides affordable health care to rural communities in Kenya, and is looking for support.
- Click here for more information
Safaricom M-PESA International Money Transfer Service
Safaricom is pleased to announce the global expansion of its international mobile money transfer service. This service will allow people to send funds from more than 80,000 Western Union Agent locations in 45 countries and territories directly to Safaricom M-PESA subscribers in Kenya.
Safaricom has partnered with Western Union to offer this service to Kenyans abroad. The benefit of this service is that the money is sent directly into the receiver's mobile phone, to the M-PESA account and can be used in various ways. This is a first in Kenya and in the world, as no other Mobile Money Transfer service/Mobile network can receive money from so many countries. Through the partnership with Western Union, Kenyans abroad will benefit from affordable, faster and more convenient international remittances, and the money will be available for use immediately by the recipient for any M-PESA transactions, or be withdrawn as cash at any of the 24,000 Safaricom agents' outlets in Kenya.
For more information:
Orphans/street children project in Kenya
Elliskill is a Belgian charity organisation that works with orphans and street children in East Africa to give them an alternative to life on the street. The organization is always looking for volunteers in Belgium who wish to give up some of their skills and time for the children's benefit.
- Click here for more information.
Documentary: Kikulacho - The Bite Within
A24 Media and Camerapix, in collaboration with Transparency International-Kenya, have launched a documentary titled "Kikulacho - The Bite Within". It examines how corrupt systems and policies have impacted on the common people, but it is also a story of hope and triumph that aims to look at how our institutions and leadership can be shaped by the people themselves to realize their dreams. The documentary can be viewed online.
- Click here for more information.
Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA) (Nov. 2010)
KGSA is dedicated to improving the lives of at–risk and disadvantaged young women by providing free secondary education, artistic programming and athletic opportunities in the slums of Kibera, Kenya.
- Click here for more information.
Kenyan counsellor available to help fellow Africans
Living in a different culture and far away from home can sometimes cause stress, a feeling of isolation or loneliness, depression or simply difficulty in going about day to day activities. Rose Omondi is a psychotherapist and counsellor working in Brussels. Rose will see people going through such or similar experiences for a reasonable fee.
Integration courses for newcomers to Belgium and Luxembourg
If you wish to learn the local language and find out about the local culture, you can get more information on integration courses in:
Real estate investment opportunities in Kenya (Jan. 2010)
- Click here for information.
Preparatory institute (Jan. 2010)
- Click here for information about Ecole FDI, which prepares students for entry into UCL, ULB and ULg.