Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya

Doing Business in Kenya event

The Netherlands and Kenya have a lot to offer each other in economy and trade. Therefore the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nairobi and RVO organised the Doing Business in Kenya event in The Hague on March 5th. 120 companies participated, discussing opportunities for companies in Kenya.

Over 120 companies participated in the Doing Business in Kenya event in The Hague on the 5th of March, organised by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nairobi and RVO. The event revolved around three market studies which the Embassy had carried out on Maritime infrastructure and Logistics (by NABC), Urban Development (by Urbanicity) and (Renewable) Energy (by Triple-E). These studies were performed as an implementation of the “Aid to Trade” Agenda from Minister Ploumen from International Trade and Development, as Kenya is a country with many opportunities for the private sector.

The day started with a welcoming speech from Bas Pulles (Director International Affairs RVO). Short speeches by H.E. Rose Makena Muchiri (Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya in the Netherlands), H.E. Joost Reintjes (Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Kenya) followed. Then, presentations on doing business in Kenya were given by Dr. Ikiara (Director of KenInvest) and Mr. Carlo van Wageningen (Director of Lake Turkana Wind Park).

The morning session ended with an interactive panel discussion chaired by Prof. Dr. Rob van Tulder (co-author of Doing Business in Africa and Director of Partnership Resource Centre van RSM Rotterdam). Panel members included Mr. Ritesh Shah (Chief Representative Officer at Rabobank International Kenya), Dr. Ikiara, Mr. Van Wageningen, and Mr. Willem Lageweg (Director of MVO Nederland).

After lunch the three market studies were presented and discussed in depth. The audience divided itself into seven groups, each discussing a subtheme of the market studies, for example water services or solar energy. Here market entry strategies were developed and discussed based on business cases created by RVO. These sessions provided concrete possibilities for follow up for companies to start investing in Kenya. The results of these sessions will be shared with the involved companies as soon as possible. The Embassy will engage actively with the private sector to follow up on the results.

Netherlands Business Hub

During the event it was also announced that a Netherlands Business Hub will be launched in Nairobi in 2015. The Hub will support Dutch companies entering the Kenyan market by offering a strong network with both local and Dutch companies, useful market information, and serviced office space. The Embassy very much welcomes the Hub as we believe the fast growing Kenyan economy offers great potential for Dutch private sector. The Hub will especially focus on sustainable trade relevant for the development of the Kenyan economy and its private sector. Corporate social responsibility will also play a large role.

More information

Should you have any questions or would like to contact the Embassy on Doing Business in Kenya, please contact us at NAI-EA@minbuza.nl.