April Issue 3 2013

The African Fair 2013 and TICAD – V

The African Fair 2013 is scheduled to take place in Yokohoma Japan from 30th May to 2nd June 2013 alongside the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD-V).  Preparatory meetings are going on in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Fair is being organized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).

The fair will be a large scale event to showcase various African products and information on the African countries. Kenya has been allocated space measuring 3×12 sq.metres where Kenyan export products including flowers will be showcased. The booths and the admission will be free of charge. However, participating countries wishing to build the stands with their own decorations will cater for that. Individuals will meet their own transport and accommodation costs.

On the other hand, the exhibitors will be expected to handle issues relating to branding, shipping of products to be displayed with consultation with JETRO.  JETRO will also arrange for interpretation services. Companies interested in participating in the Fair should contact confirm as soon as possible for logistic purposes.


TICAD is a summit meeting on African development co-organized by the Government of Japan, UN, World Bank, UNDP and AUC.  Kenya is likely to have a high level representation.  It was launched in 1993 to promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders and development partners. TICAD has since evolved into a major global framework to facilitate the implementation of initiatives for promoting African development under the dual principle of African “ownership” and international “partnership”. A central feature of this framework is the cooperation between Asia and Africa.


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Business Fair at Eldoret International Airport

Horticultural Crop Development Authority (HCDA) in conjunction with Bayer Crop Science, Kiskstart, Canken International Ltd have organized a business fair at the Eldoret International Airport on April 26th 2013. The Chief Guest will be the Governor of Uasin Gichu County, H. E. Jackson Mandogo.

The theme of this year’s fair is “Horticulture a major pillar in the Counties economy” reflecting the importance of horticulture to the counties economy and utilization in accessing markets through Eldoret International Airport.

Participants will include horticultural farmers, input suppliers, machinery service, financial and investment sector among other service and product providers in the sector.

To exhibit kindly contact Collins on 0724 795354.

Poseidon flowers 2013

Poseidon flowers 2013 is scheduled to take place from 17th to 21st June 2013 on a Cruise ship Sailing to 5 Islands in Greece and one Resort in Turkey.

The Kenya Ambassador in Rome H. E. Josephine Gaita held a meeting with the organizers of the event, Athens Florist Association during her recent visit in Greece where it was proposed that the event can be a good avenue to promote the Kenyan flowers to the Greek Florists.

For more information on the event and confirmation kindly contact KFC via kfc@wananchi.com .


Mr. Vimal Shah appointed as the new chairman for KEPSA

The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) members held a successful Annual General Meeting on 18th April 2013 at Panafric Hotel where Mr. Vimal Shah, the Chief Executive of Bidco was appointed as the new chairman for KEPSA.  Mr. Vimal is also a Director at Xpressions Flora a Member of Kenya Flower Council.

He takes over from Eng. Patrick Obath who served the board as a chair for 4 years.  Mr. Vimal Shah served as the deputy chair. At the same time,   Dr. Laila Macharia was appointed as the deputy vice chair. Various chairs for the Governing Council were also appointed during the meeting.

In attendance were Business Membership Organizations (where KFC is a member) and corporate members. KFC was represented by the Chief Executive Jane Ngige.

KEPSA also launched the National Business Agenda II, a blue print that forms the basis of advocacy for the private sector in the next five years. In the blue print, ten areas of advocacy have been identified for improvement of business environment for the private sector.

The KEPSA secretariat also used the meeting to unveil an online advocacy scorecard to be used by members to track the advocacy issues from identification to finalization.  KEPSA also took the opportunity to launch a new website that is more interactive and informative with the members and other stakeholders and a new logo to reflect the new all-inclusive business associations and corporate membership as well as to show the dynamism in KEPSA today.

About 200 BMOs were taken through the progress in implementation of devolution after elections, role of Transition authority in implementing devolution in the county system of Government and building coalitions for effective advocacy.

The business community must play its role to engage the leadership in the country and participate in the formulation and implementation of policy of key significance for the flower industry; the implementation of ALFA bill will be at the behest of the County Government. The different counties have the leeway to impose trade licenses and fess while taxes and levies are the preserve of the National Government.

Arising from the serious alterations between industry and the municipalities in the previous years the industry needs to be vigilant to ensure that it is not burdened with the undue demands at the county level.


Three quarters of Kenyan trade affected by NTMs

Over 74% of companies in Kenya are affected by non-tariff measures and related obstacles, an ITC study finds. Among 27 countries surveyed by the International Trade Centre (ITC), Kenya has one of the highest rates of companies affected by non-tariff measures (NTMs). Procedural obstacles such as delays and high fees are most frequently reported by companies, with major concerns caused by domestic measures and measures applied by the East African Community (EAC) members.

The results of the survey were discussed during a national stakeholder meeting organized by ITC in collaboration with the Kenyan Ministry of Trade in Nairobi.  The aim of the workshop was to find technical recommendations and pragmatic solutions to problems identified during the survey.

NTMs, which include a variety of regulations on imports and exports, for example technical requirements, quotas and rules of origin, have become a major impediment to international trade as companies struggle to comply with an increasingly complex web of policies and, at times, opaque technical standards.

ITC Consultant Samidh Shrestha said: “Kenya is among the most affected countries surveyed but most of its problems are due to inefficiencies in domestic agencies rather than the strictness of requirements specified in regulations.” He said that Kenya, with its strong testing and certifications bodies, is in a good position to overcome the difficulties faced by its exporters if the agencies involved improve their operational efficiency. It was shown during the meeting that over 47% of the obstacles faced by enterprises in Kenya were due to delays in administrative procedures.

The survey results also show that Kenyan exporters find it particularly difficult exporting to neighbouring EAC countries, which apply around 30% of the reported NTMs. Within the EAC a lack of harmonized standards and obstacles in the transport network, such as roadblocks and weighbridges, have been identified as a major concern.

Read more on http://www.intracen.org/news/Three-quarters-of-Kenyan-trade-affected-by-NTMs/

Source: ITC

Symposium on export development through invention, innovation and quality enhancement

The export Promotion Councill (EPC) has organized a Symposium on Export Development Through Invention, Innovation And Quality Enhancement on May 2, 2013 at the Nairobi Safari Club Hotel (Lillian Towers) from 8.30 – 2pm. The objective of the symposium is to exchange ideas with the academia on Kenya’s export sector and the potential therein for inccreasing the content and value of intellectual input n Kenya’s export production matrix through invention and innovation.

EPC is facilitating the development of new products as well as value addition to products with high export potential. According to EPC the institutions of high learning and the academia have immense product development potential and are  able to contribute towards building a richer national basket through inventions and innovations.

Africa Global business forum – Dubai

The Africa Global Business Forum organized by Dubai Chamber of Commerce and COMESA Regional Investment Agency (RIA) in collaboration with KenInvest is scheduled to take place in 1st and 2nd May 2013 at Madinat Jumeira, Dubai.

The event is dubbed the regions leading international trade and investment forum on Africa bringing together policymakers and leaders in business.

The theme of the forum will be “COMESA: bridging the continent to the world.”

Registration to the forum s free via www.africaglobalbusinessforum.com/africa-registration


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