September Issue 1 2011

Naivasha Horticultural Fair 2011 Launched

The Naivasha Horticultural Fair 2011 was officially launched on 30th August 2011 at Kencom House Nairobi. This year’ show will be sponsored by the Kenya Commercial Bank. During the event, the bank donated Kshs 4 million that will go towards meeting the costs of hosting the fair in the scenic Naivasha. KCB will also be the official banker of the trade fair giving them immense opportunities to showcase some of their financial services products suited for the Corporate, Retail and Small and Medium Enterprises customers, present in Naivasha and its surroundings.

The Naivasha Horticultural Fair 2011 will be held on 16th and 17th September 2011 at the Naivasha Sports Club.  The Horticultural Fair started in 2002 to bring together exhibitors and visitors in a spacious and pleasant environment at affordable prices.  Naivasha is not only striking and central but it is home to one of the largest horticultural communities in East Africa.

According to Mr. David Kiprop Malakwen, KCB Group Company Secretary, in 2010 KCB managed to close well over Kshs 230 million in new business covering Corporate banking, Asset Based Finance, Cash Management Services, Trade Finance, Salary Processing and ATM services. In addition they managed to open a total of 3,035 bank accounts during the span of the fair and which indicates the impact and great value that the sponsorship is for the bank.  This year they hope to introduce in a big way their Mortgage financing services product targeting both business & individual customers.

He said that through the forum, KCB Group will continue to extend their retail banking and channel services to over 100,000 workers in the floriculture and horticultural sector. One such service is the KCB Mtaani Agent Banking offering. Through the KCB Connect Mobile banking option any KCB Customer can now access their account from over 700 KCB Mtaani agent locations in Kenya to deposit, withdraw cash and even send in account opening queries to the bank.

This has been made possible through their regional connectivity platform and which has provided a seamless connectivity to all their operations in the 221 KCB bank branches and 400 KCB Quick serve ATMs in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Southern Sudan.

The Kenya flower council Chief Executive Mrs. Jane Ngige, acknowledged the efforts by the bank and the Fair organizers in supporting the flower industry. In regard to the ongoing drought, she said the flower growing areas were very fortunate since they were not affected for example Lake Naivasha water levels are still high compared to 2009. She added that rise in the cost of fuels has driven the cost of production, energy, freights among others to be very high.

Mrs. Ngige said the industry is looking at expanding its market into Russia and Kenya has sent a delegation of over 35 to attend the two flowers shows (Flower Expo and Expo Flora) that are currently going on. The Government of Kenya and Russia are working on a bilateral trade agreement since Russia is a member of WTO in order to reduce the high import duties of 0.1 to 0.2 dollar cents per stem charged by the different federations that make up the nation.

According to Mr. Roddy Benjamin the Chairman of the Fair, the Naivasha Horticultural Fair is run by a group of hardworking volunteers and is 100% Charitable. The money collected will go to local and national charities with a focus on, but not limited to, caring for women and children.  NHFair Trust sponsors the Red Cross office in Naivasha, the Naivasha Disabled Persons, the Kijani Clinic (a community clinic at the Chief’s Compound in Karagita), the Feed the Hungry Campaign, numerous HIV AIDS Projects, updating and/or building toilet facilities in many local schools, and many small scale water projects.  NHFair Trust buys the footballs for the Annual Ladies Football Tournament organized by NACOHAG, to name but a few of the organizations that benefit from the Naivasha Hortifair.

Interplant Roses Open days

Interplant Roses Kenya open days will take place on 16th and 17th September 2011.

Training of trainers invitation

Psychological Health Services is conducting a training of trainers (TOT) workshop in the month of September 2011. The aim of the training is to impact participants with knowledge and skills to enable them deal effectively with in-house training programs in their workplaces.

This training program is specifically designed for people who provide leadership, supervisors, peer educators and training officers. TOT equips participants with the fundamentals needed to develop their peers for optimum performance and productivity. Participants learn how to set goals, develop training programs, appraise, disseminate information, resolve and enhance their delivery skills and performance problems.

Psychological Health Services has been at the forefront in providing workplace counseling and performance training programs. Some of their core programs include HIV / Aid peer educators, training team building, stress free management, alcohol and drug abuse, gender and disability, basic life support and Health & Safety training. They also conduct baseline surveys and assist in development of workplace policy to enable organizations address behavior and conduct issues in their organizations and develop appropriate intervention programs.

Training cost

The training fee is Kshs. 29,000 (plus 16% VAT) per person. The fee is inclusive of training material, lunch and teas. (Full board accommodation is available at an additional cost of Kshs. 3,000/= per person per day).

Duration and venue

The training will be held from 12th – 16th September 2011 in Nairobi. Kindly make your bookings before 5th September 2011 to reserve a place. Cheques should be payable to Psychological Health Services.

Contacts;

Contact Grace or Eva on 020-3747675/37444605/ 020 2132450 or 0721 361 616 or email training@psychohealth.co.ke

Managing Employment Contracts and Separation Seminar

Federation of Kenya employers (FKE) has organized a 2 days seminar on management employment contracts and separation targeting HR Directors, HR Managers/Officers, Branch Managers, Line Managers, Administrators and other related middle and senior management staff.  It is scheduled to take place on 15th and 16th September 2011 at Panafric Hotel, Nairobi.

The Key objectives of the programme are:

  1. To enable participants get a deeper understanding of the different types of employment contracts and the impact of new labour laws on the employment relationship.
  2. To enable them design / formulate employment contracts in line with the requirements of the new Employment Act.
  3. To improve their legal and managerial skills in terminating employment contracts / handling staff separations.

Fees:

  • FKE Members:           35,000.00 + 16 % VAT = Kshs. 40,600.00 per participants.
  • Non-FKE Members: 42,000.00 + 16% VAT = Kshs. 48,720.00 per participant

The fees will cover Tuition, reading materials, lunch, tea/coffee and a certificate. Discounts are being offered to members and non-members as follows:

  • 3 nominees -15% discount
  • 4-5 nominees- 20%
  • More than 5 nominees-25%

Note: Fee is payable in advance.

Contacts:

For more information or clarification contact Augustus Muthoka, Francis Kodhiambo or Gladys Kedera on Tel: 020 2721929/48/49/52; fax 020 2721990/2720295

Or Email: amuthoka@fke-kenya.org, fkodhiambo@fke-kenya.org, gkedera@fke-kenya.org .

Kenya Embassy hosts Open Golf Tournament in Hasselt

By: Kenya Embassy in Belgium

This year’s annual Kenya Open Golf Tournament in Belgium took place on 10th July 2011, at the Flanders Nippon Golf & Business Club in Hasselt.  The event, organized by the Kenya Embassy in Belgium, was for the first time taking place outside its traditional venue, Overijse Golf Club, in a bid to break new ground of engagement and showcase Kenya to the Flemish business community, investors, tourists and golfers.   About 150 golfers participated in the tournament, all eager to play their best to win prestigious prizes donated by different companies and organizations from Kenya and Belgium.

The following golfers were the lucky raffle ticket winners:

  • Peter Vroonen: One-week golf safari in Kenya and air tickets for two, sponsored by WDR Travel Neckermann;
  • Dimitri Jans: Air Tickets for  two, Amsterdam-Nairobi-Amsterdam, donated by Kenya Airways;
  • Ineke Van Den Berg: Air Tickets for two, Brussels-Nairobi-Brussels, donated by SN Brussels Airlines.

The weather for the day was good and tailored for a spectacular enjoyable golf day. The Kenya Embassy staff was at hand to serve legendary Kenyan tea and coffee to golfers at the end of the 9th hole, half way through the course. In addition to the beverages, golfers had the opportunity to sample Kenyan snacks, including mandazis and samosas, during the break. Golfers were also engaged by Kenya Embassy staff at the display tent who explained to them various holiday plans and investment opportunities available in Kenya. All golfers were given gift bags containing brochures, promotional materials and a booklet by the Kenya Embassy on “Investment Opportunities in Kenya”.

In the evening, the Embassy organized a cocktail for participants and also gave prizes to winners of the tournament. During the reception, H.E. the Ambassador, Mr. Kembi-Gitura, addressed the gathering and took the opportunity to congratulate winners and also to thank all the golfers who participated in the event. Amb. Kembi-Gitura also thanked the management of the Flanders Nippon Golf & Business Club for availing their facility to the Embassy to host the tournament. He pointed out that the purpose of the tournament was to strengthen ties between Kenya and Belgium, and more so within Flanders. The Ambassador further pointed out that Kenya has many business opportunities to offer, and invited participants to go through the ‘Investment Opportunities In Kenya” booklet that had been distributed to them. As for golfers, he urged them to consider Kenya as their next golf holiday destination, as it has first-class golf courses, which would be available to them particularly during the severe winter season in Europe. He ended by thanking all individuals and organizations, including Kenya Airways, SN Brussels, WDR Travel Neckermann, the Kenya Tourist Board, Brand Kenya and the Kenya Flower Council, that had partnered with the Embassy to sponsor the event.

The Ambassador capped the day by giving all ladies present a bouquet of fresh rose flowers that had been freighted direct from Kenya to Brussels by SN Brussels, courtesy of the Kenya Flower Council. He expressed the desire of the Embassy for Kenyan flowers to access the Belgian market direct from Nairobi instead of passing through the auction in Amsterdam.

EU statement on Doha negotiations at the WTO Trade Negotiations Committee

I will present on behalf of the EU comments on two headings following the lines that you suggested:

  • first, on our work concerning the December package of deliverables for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), and
  • Second, on the wider debate that you suggested concerning the December Ministerial Meeting and the post December work, which we agree needs to be seen as a priority for the coming weeks and months.

The LDC deliverables

  • The EU has participated in the Director General’s consultations since Easter with an open mind, and with a strong determination to play a constructive role. Members’ willingness to work towards a package of deliverables for December seems to be waning; from our point of view, this is highly regrettable.
  • The global economy has definitely gone through some major changes since the launch of this Round – but the LDCs’ needs remain as pressing as ever, and WTO members have a collective responsibility to deliver on them.
  • The nucleus of any package for December was clearly always going to be a set of issues of direct interest for the Least Developed Countries. There was and still is a very large agreement in the membership about this. Within this nucleus, apart from cotton domestic support which is arguably more complex in terms of depth of reform, other issues – Rules of Origin, LDC services waiver and of course, primarily, Duty-Free-Quota-Free (DFQF) – ought to be doable without payment for anyone, as long as all main players make a contribution.
  • Of the various trade policy initiatives that are available to them, the one with which WTO members can make a real difference to the benefit of LDCs is improved market access. There is ample evidence that this will deliver major benefits for LDCs, whereas the associated costs would be very limited. And it is strictly speaking the implementation of something that was already agreed in Hong Kong.
  • Building on our existing initiatives such as ‘Everything But Arms’ and reformed GSP rules of origin, we ourselves are prepared to consider further contributions to the benefit of these Members, again without expecting to be “paid” for this. This is also the case for export competition on LDC domestic markets.
  • Only as a second step should we be considering the feasibility of the “plus” components of the LDC plus package. Here, we believe that certain outcomes would be possible if the political willingness was there, based on the consultations held so far.
  • A crucial instrument to support LDCs’ increased access to markets and, consequently, trade-driven growth and poverty reduction is the draft Trade Facilitation Agreement. It is a significant multiplier in terms of the value of any package for the LDCs, and for the membership as a whole. In fact, we would like to highlight that the improvements that a Trade Facilitation Agreement would mean for moving goods across borders represent a genuine win/win outcome for the WTO membership as a whole, with all parties gaining and contributing.
  • There have also been discussions on other possible components of a December package, and in some areas we have detected positive signs of engagement. In particular, it would seem that a step on fisheries subsidies and on environmental goods could be conceivable. This would be important, also because both of these components would constitute a step forward for the benefit of the environment.

Overall, Mr. Chairman, we can endorse your suggestions on the way forward: on non-Doha Development Agenda (DDA) issues, on post December Ministerial Conference DDA, and of course in parallel keep working on Ministerial Conference possible LDC-focused deliverables that can respond to the aspirations of LDCs.

Some first ideas and principles concerning particularly the post-Ministerial Conference DDA:

  • The EU has made it very clear that for us any December package would in any case be just the first stage on the path towards agreements on all issues on the Doha negotiating agenda.
  • We therefore agree that the membership must also start structured reflections about our work programme beyond the end of this year.
  • In this exercise, attention needs to be directed at all negotiating topics, both on the regulatory and market access side, and the approach must be to build on what has been achieved.
  • It is also important to start from a proper examination of what is holding us back in the WTO. We should of course aim at a shared diagnosis as you suggested, Mr. Chairman, rather to gravitate too quickly on solutions based on simplistic not really shared diagnosis.
  • On the other hand, we should be mindful, in opening up this debate, in structuring it in such a way that it does not lead to a prolonged void in the negotiating agenda of the organization, which could create new risks for the WTO system including feeding the temptation to seek solutions outside of the multilateral trading system rather than inside.
  • In our view it will be essential to intensify such a process as soon as possible after the summer recess. We welcome your process of consultations and we look forward to further suggestions as to how to proceed.
  • A word on the Non-agricultural market access (NAMA) negotiations, which during this spring turned out to be the main stumbling block on the way towards concluding the full Doha single undertaking. Let me just recall that the EU remains convinced that instruments for solving the impasse exist, and that we must not let our focus turn away from this or the other market access aspects of the Round; this is what will at the end of the day deliver the greatest economic and developmental gains for WTO members.
  • Finally, Mr. Chairman, we would also like to see restraint on increases to applied tariffs and the use of border measures, in order to shore up support for open markets in this difficult phase of the multilateral negotiations.

Thank you.

Angelos Pangratis, EU Ambassador to the WTO

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