The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Kenya H.E. Dr. Mohamad Hery Saripudin paid a courtesy visit to the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KNCCI) where he was hosted by Chamber President Mr. Richard Ngatia. The Ambassador was accompanied by Ms. Amina Mohammed representing the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The visit was aimed at discussing upcoming trade activities that were to be facilitated jointly by KNCCI and Indonesian Embassy.
The Chamber President expressed his gratitude to the Ambassador for supporting the holding of the National Governing Council meeting that took place on the 20th December 2021, as the key sponsor. The Ambassador encouraged local traders to take advantage of the newly established Kenyan embassy in Jarkata to seek business opportunities in Indonesia. The opening of the new Embassy in Jakarta is a milestone in deepening trade ties between the two nations.
The Chamber President extended his invitation to the Ambassador to join a business delegation to the Expo Dubai 2020 representing the Kenya Week on the 14th to 18th February 2022 and also to witness the inaugural opening of the KNCCI Office in Sharjah on 15th February 2022. KNCCI has opened an overseas office in Sharjah, hosted at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry building, as a one-stop trade facilitation office for the Kenyan and UAE traders.
The Ambassador proposed a trade mission to Jakarta, Indonesia in the month of March 2022. The trade mission will consist of a matchmaking forum between Kenyan delegates and Indonesian delegates in the sectors of; coffee, tea, tobacco, coconut, tourism and automotive. The trade mission will entail signing of various Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) documents between The Government of Kenya and the Government of Indonesia, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and between Kenyan Universities and Indonesian Universities.
Indonesia is working towards a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) with Kenya to eliminate trade barriers between the two countries.
In addition to the outgoing trade mission to Indonesia, it was proposed to have an incoming trade mission from Indonesia to interact will local traders within Kenya.