KNCCI patron member Mr. Joseph Mureithi of Camino Ruiz Agencies represented the Chamber leadership in two-day Nordic African Foreign Ministers’ meeting at Copenhagen, Denmark that began on 2nd May, 2024.

The key points discussed during the Nordic-African Foreign Ministers Meeting were;

  1. Trade and Investment Opportunities: The meeting highlighted the immense potential for enhancing trade and investment between Nordic countries and African nations. Discussions revolved around identifying key sectors for collaboration and ways to promote bilateral trade.
  2. Sustainable Development: Both sides emphasized the importance of sustainable development goals (SDGs) and explored avenues for cooperation in areas such as renewable energy, climate action, and green technologies.
  3. Infrastructure Development: Infrastructure emerged as a crucial area for partnership, with talks focusing on improving connectivity through investments in transportation, telecommunications, and digital infrastructure.
  4. Capacity Building: There was a consensus on the need for capacity building initiatives to foster economic growth and human capital development in African countries, with Nordic nations expressing their commitment to providing support in this regard.
  5. Public-Private Partnerships: The meeting underscored the significance of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in driving economic development, with discussions centering on ways to facilitate collaboration between governments and businesses to spur innovation and entrepreneurship.
  6. Youth Empowerment: Both sides acknowledged the importance of empowering the youth through education, skills training, and employment opportunities, recognizing them as key drivers of economic progress and social stability.
  7. Multilateral Cooperation: The meeting reaffirmed the commitment of Nordic and African countries to multilateralism and the rules-based international order, with calls for strengthened cooperation within the framework of organizations such as the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.

Overall, the Nordic-African Foreign Ministers meeting provided a platform for constructive dialogue and exchange of ideas aimed at deepening collaboration between the two regions for mutual benefit.

There is optimism in the prospects of further engagement and partnership in the future.