On 7th March, the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) hosted a networking and B2B forum at the MAA Hotel in Nairobi. The event, spearheaded by KNCCI Vice President Mr. Mustafa Ramadhan, welcomed a delegation from the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) led by Mr. Zaher Mohammed Zaher Al Kaabi. Aimed at fostering new trade and investment opportunities between the two countries, the forum drew representatives from diverse sectors, including agribusiness, horticulture, exporters, importers, edible oil, water, plastics and packaging, engineering, manufacturing, mining, tourism, logistics, education, oil and gas.

The forum’s agenda was centered on facilitating direct interactions between Kenyan and Omani business leaders, encouraging the signing of new business deals and partnerships. Through a series of networking discussions and B2B meetings, participants explored avenues for collaboration across various industries, highlighting the mutual benefits of increased trade and investment.

Despite Kenya’s trade deficit with Oman, the event highlighted the potential for growth and rebalance through strategic partnerships. Kenya’s exports to Oman, such as cut flowers and tea, and Oman’s exports to Kenya, including refined petroleum and cement, represent the foundation of a robust trading relationship that both nations are keen to expand.

By connecting businesses from both countries, the forum sets the stage for a future of mutual economic prosperity and stronger international collaboration.