First Ireland trade mission heads to Kenya to boost partnerships with Kenyan companies

The Irish Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Heather Humphreys will lead Enterprise Ireland’s trade mission to Kenya as the nation seeks opportunities in Kenya’s agriculture, education and construction sectors.

The two-day trade mission will take place between November 14 and 15, where Irish companies and government officials will have opportunities to discuss areas of mutual co-operation with their Kenyan counterparts.

The trade mission aims to raise awareness of Ireland as a source of world-class products, services, and technologies. As Europe’s fastest-growing economy with the fastest growing tech population in Europe, Irish businesses are making a global impact, delivering innovative solutions to business partners across the globe. Coupled with a thriving startup ecosystem and having one of the world’s most resilient supply chains, Ireland is delivering a big impact on many industries globally.

Several Irish companies are additionally expected to announce deals they have secured in various sectors over the two-day period.

Latest data from Enterprise Ireland indicates that Ireland exported goods and services worth €29.405 million (Ksh3.35 billion) to Kenya in 2018 comprising of food, industrial, life sciences, and consumer products.

 “With Kenya currently pursuing the ‘Big Four’ agenda, part of which includes widening Universal Healthcare (UHC), there are aligned opportunities for Kenyan and Irish companies. This is a promising market for Irish companies that have excelled in the delivery of quality and affordable medical devices. As a world leader in agri-technology and agri-engineering Irish companies have also excelled in the dairy industry which is an important sector for Kenya. We are delighted to undertake this first Irish trade mission to Kenya to build strengthened trade ties between Ireland and Kenya.” said Minister Humphreys in a statement.

Over the two-day period 25 representatives from the Irish trade, the delegation will meet a cross-section of leaders in telecoms, medicine, academia as well as high ranking government officials from various ministries.

Designer Group Engineering Contractors Ltd and Lakeland Dairies Co-op Society Limited are some of the key Enterprise Ireland clients in Kenya.