This afternoon, H.E the President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid graced the Kenya- Estonia business forum held at Nairobi Serena hotel. Her Excellency called on the two states to work together to enhance their trade relations. The Estonia president expressed her government reediness to work with the Kenyan government to support growth of the business community. She revealed that an Estonia cooperation project will soon be launched in the country and terming this as an indication that Estonia is ready and willing to invest in Kenya.
The forum brought together the private sector and government authorities from Kenya and Estonia, providing a platform for sharing ideas and business opportunities to build and strengthen trade and investment.
The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) was highly represented at the business forum by Chamber Officials and members.
While addressing participants at the event, the Chamber president said that the business forum contributes to promoting business ties between Kenya and Estonia since both countries have a lot to learn from each other to develop and build their economies.
The Chamber leader appreciated that Kenya is already benefitting from Estonia innovations, citing logistic companies like Bolt and Little Cab developed from Estonia and have greatly improved mobility in the Country. He invited the Estonia business community to embrace Kenya as an investment hub affirming that so far, Kenya is the preferred investment destination in Africa.
Kenya and Estonia boost of good relations with the two (2) countries engaging in trade activities. Some of the Kenya Exports to Estonia are Coffee, Tea and Spices.
As revealed by Cabinet Secretary (CS) Trade, Industry and Enterprise Development MS. Betty Maina, good trade rations enable the Kenya business sector to thrive. Ms. Betty welcomed Estonia to tap on investment opportunities in the country since this will contribute to the development Kenya.
KNCCI was also represented at the forum by, Chamber 2nd Vice President Fatma Elmaawy, Chair Economic Diplomacy Mr. Kariuki Theuri, CEO Samuel Matonda, COO Patrick Nyangweso among others.
Some of the Chamber Members present were; Konza Technopolis Development Authority, Thika Cloth Mills Ltd. Kenya Agribusiness Agroindustry Alliance, Centum Real Estate, Bonfire Adventures and Coseke (k) Ltd.