The High Commissioner, H.E. Manoah Esipisu, MBS visited Scotland for a three days trade and investment mission from 8th to 10th April 2019 where he galvanized Scottish investments in H.E. The President’s Big Four priority sectors( Manufacturing, Health, Affordable Housing and Food Security) while at the same time targeting partnerships in education. He held bilateral talks with Mr. Ivan Mckee, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation where they expressed their commitment towards enhancing Kenya-Scotland economic cooperation. The High Commissioner proposed organisation of a trade and investment mission to Kenya in order to deepen Kenya-Scotland economic and trade relations. The Minister expressed interest and support in leading a delegation of Key Scottish investors to Kenya this year.
The High Commissioner held three Round Table discussions with key Business Executives interested in investing in Kenya’s Big Four priority areas as well as Oil & Gas and Infrastructure sectors. He emphasized that Kenya had a stable and conducive investment environment and underscored the Government’s commitment to maintain a business friendly environment and keep the economy open to all investors.
Amb. Esipisu also visited the Lord Provost’s offices in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow cities where they explored possible areas of collaboration. Further, he visited the Scottish Parliament and Edinburgh, Robert Gordon and Glasgow Caledonian Universities. The meeting with the higher learning institutions discussed possible areas of partnership in the education sector.
The High Commissioner also met with the Kenyan Diaspora community in Scotland at the African Calabash Restaurant in Glasgow. The event was attended by over sixty members of the diaspora. While speaking at the event, Amb. Esipisu assured the diaspora that the High Commission was open to serve and facilitate all Kenyans in the United Kingdom. He pointed out that preparations for receiving and processing epassports applications at the High Commission were at an advanced stage and informed that the commencement date will be communicated to the public through the Mission’s website and other social media platforms. The High Commissioner encouraged the diaspora to register with the Mission.