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Kenya is an interesting country because it is multilingual. The two dominant languages are English and Swahili. The people speak English because the country used to be under British rule. The people often use English for business and schooling purposes. Swahili is the most commonly spoken language; basically everyone can speak it. It is also spoken in other African countries like Tanzania and Uganda. People who live in rural areas tend to not be multilingual.

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English and Swahili are the two main languages in Kenya. sites.psu.edu

There are also many more ethnic languages spoken. There about 4o different ethnic groups in Kenya, and each has its own language or dialect. These languages are broken up into three different types of languages. The first in Bantu, which is the most common. The second is the Nilo-Saharan languages. These are spoken by about a third of people. Finally, a very small percentage speaks the Afro-Asian languages. The wide variety of languages is due to the country’s diversity. You may imagine this creates issues within the country. However, almost everyone is fluent in Swahili, so it is not hard for people to find a common language. These other languages are often spoken exclusively in small, rural regions of the country.

Kenya has been a member of the United Nations since 1963. The United Nations is a intergovernmental organization founded in 1945. It works to promote cooperation between countries. Kenya actually joined the organization only a few days after they became an independent nation. Kenya is an active member of each of the six United Nations committees. They have been heavily involved in reforms with the Security Council and the United Nations finances. The Security Council deals with peace between countries. They work to restore and prevent conflict between countries.

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In 2013, Kenya celebrated 50 years with the United Nations. They joined the United Nations after they gained their independence. unicnairobi.org

Similarly to their involvement with the United Nations, Kenya joined the International Monetary Fund in 1964 soon after they gained their independence. This organization works to promote international monetary cooperation. The International Monetary Fund reports that Kenya is currently not in the best economic situation. After a decade of growth, it is beginning to slow down. Their currency, the Kenyan Shilling, is also weak at the moment. Many factors have also contributed to a tourism slowdown, which is one of the biggest industries in Kenya. The most recently published statistic of the total amount of quotas from Kenya is 271.4 million.

Kenya joined the World Trade Organization in January 1995. Actually, it was one of the founding members of the organization. The World Trade Organization is an international organization that works with the rules of trade among nations. Kenya’s involvement with World Trade Organization is centered around agriculture because agriculture is one of Kenya’s biggest industries. When trade issues arise in the country they are either dealt with by representatives or inter-ministerial meetings. In these meetings countries group together and take certain positions. I am sure it is difficult to maintain your position while trying to keep good relations with other countries you trade with. For example, when an issue about agriculture arises in Kenya, it is may be important to maintain good relations because the country relies on agricultural trade.

In my opinion, Kenya seems to be very globally connected. It is part of the United Nations, International Monetary Fund, and World Trade Organization. Because of their wide variety of languages, they probably can communicate easily with other nations. For example, many other African countries speak Swahili. They also use English for business and education, so they probably have an easy time communicating on a professional level with English-speaking countries.

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