The Principal Secretary for the State Department of Trade in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Co-operatives Dr Chris Kiptoo was in London on Tuesday 19th 2017 to engage with UK institutions involved in the promotion of international Trade and discuss issues of mutual interest including the post-Brexit agenda for Kenya, intra-commonwealth trade, and investment as well as private sector collaboration.
Accompanied by the High Commissioner of Kenya to the United Kingdom H.E. Lazarus Amayo the Principal Secretary held meetings with the Chair of Eastern Africa Association, Lord Valentine Cecil and the CEO of the association Mr. John Small. They also held a meeting with officials from the Commonwealth Secretariat International Trade Policy, Trade Division namely Trade Advisors Mr. Sujeevan Perera & Ms. Opeyemi Abebe and Mr. Teddy Y Soobramanien, the Economic Adviser.
The Principal Secretary also held very productive meetings with Members of British Council for Africa (BCA) and senior UK Government officials at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In the meeting with members of BCA that was held at Eversheds Sutherland, welcoming remarks were made by Mr. Conrad Purcell, Partner at Eversheds Sutherland and BCA CEO Mrs. Karen Taylor. Introductory remarks were made by Mr. Clive Carpenter, the BCA Vice Chairman.
At the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), they held a meeting with Mr. Crawford Falconer, Second Permanent Secretary of DIT and Mr. Chris Barton Director General for Trade Policy Foreign & Commonwealth Office. It was followed by a meeting with Sir Tim Morris, Senior Trade Advisor for Africa at Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department of International Trade and Mr. Steve Wignall, Head of Trade and Investment in the Commonwealth Summit team at Cabinet Office.
The meetings discussed possible areas of collaboration to ensure that the volume and value of trade between Kenya and UK are enhanced as well as the necessary facilitation that the Kenyan Government offers to increase investment flows to Kenya. The Principal Secretary informed that Kenya’s business environment has continued to improve making the country a destination of choice for investors. He highlighted Key Government reforms and initiatives in addition to infrastructural frameworks that have improved Kenya’s ranking in various independent global reports including:
- Presidential roundtables that address emerging issues in the business arena
- Establishment of a cabinet committee on ease of doing business
- Operationalization of E-citizen: an official online payments platform for government services.
- Establishment of Business Environment Delivery Unit as well as One Stop Centre for investors
- Operationalization of e-regulations: an online portal providing investors with information and transparency on investment related procedures in Kenya
The Principal Secretary and the High Commissioner reassured British stakeholders that Kenya is ready for enhanced collaborations, values the rule of law and respects private property. They reiterated that the country has enhanced security for its citizens and visitors and their property and called for a consideration of more investments into the country.
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