China has pledged its support to Kenya in the construction of a new headquarters for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, marking a significant milestone in the countries’ 60-year bilateral cooperation.

Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Korir Sing’oei expressed gratitude for China’s commitment, stating, “Grateful to the Government of the People’s Republic of China for its commitment to support the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the construction of the Ministry’s new headquarters as a visible marker of 60 years of diplomatic relations. Received the technical team in charge of project design in my office today.”

The new headquarters, set to be located within Nairobi County, represents a major step forward in the modernization of Kenya’s diplomatic infrastructure. Although the exact location is yet to be disclosed, preparations for the construction are already underway, with a dedicated delegation collaborating on the design plans.

This initiative stems from an offer made by China in 2021 during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tenure, with an estimated project cost of Ksh4 billion. Notably, China has been a key supporter of Kenya’s national development, contributing significantly to the country’s infrastructure growth and regional prominence.

For decades, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has operated from the Old Treasury building, initially housed at the Office of the President before relocating to the Treasury building in 1980. This forthcoming development signals a new era for Kenya’s diplomatic landscape, solidifying its position on the global stage.