The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KNCCI) in collaboration with Sharjah Exports Development Centre (SEDC) which is the export promotion agency of Sharjah (an initiative of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI)today hosted the UAE- East Africa Trade mission 2023 at Villa Rosa Kempinski, Nairobi.

This annual initiative, now in its 8th year, is focused on building new partnerships and enhancing the future prospects for both Kenya and the United Arab Emirates. The mission includes business-to-business meetings in various sectors such as printing, machinery, oil and gas, energy, textile, tourism, real estate, infrastructure, and logistics, as well as manufacturing.

The Chairman of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI), H.E Abdullah Sultan Al-Owais   expressed his enthusiasm for the forum and its potential to benefit both UAE and Kenyan traders, bridging the trade gap between the two nations. He highlighted the significant growth in trade value over the years as a positive indicator of increased trade and business.

Representing KNCCI was Chairperson Economic Diplomacy Mr. Ronald Meru who in his remarks extended a warm welcome to the delegation and emphasized the collaborative efforts of the two chambers in building synergies. He also highlighted their shared goal of supporting both governments in creating a conducive trade environment.

Additionally, Mr. Meru noted the importance of exploring opportunities to bridge the trade gap between the two countries. He pointed out potential avenues such as agribusiness, including tea and coffee, flowers, and fresh produce, as well as real estate and infrastructure development to accommodate the expansion and modernization of our cities. He also emphasized the significance of technology and innovation, with Nairobi serving as a hub for technological advancements in Africa, along with the growth prospects in the manufacturing sector.

He concluded by giving KNCCI’S assurance in helping the delegates navigate the business landscape , match making with the correct business counterparts , market intelligence .

United Arab Emirates Ambassador H.E. Dr. Salem Ibrahim Al Naqbi in his remarks noted that the forum would be ideal in widening trade and investment between the two countries with a wide range of opportunities to tap into through exports and imports.

It’s worth noting that the same forum is scheduled to occur again in November 2024.