The Kenya Flower Council attended the 2nd stakeholders meeting on January 14, 2015 organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade to discuss the development of a national Export Development Strategy.
Kenya needs a comprehensive National Export strategy that would give the general thrust on how Kenya should promote and increase its exports. The document will include inputs from all the stakeholders indicating the priority areas. The last the last National Export Strategy which was developed by the then Ministry of Trade and Industry expired in 2008 and no document has been developed since then.
A subcommittee comprising of Export Promotions Council, MFAIT, KEPSA, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and National Treasury formed to look at the existing strategy and literature available have come up come up with a framework where all stakeholders will give their inputs to reflect the current status of their sectors.
The decision to develop the Export Strategy was made by H. E the President during a meeting with the ITC Director, Arancha Gouzalez at State House. Following the instruction of the President the ITC Director later met with Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, East African Affairs, Commerce & Tourism, The national Treasury, Industrialization and Enterprise Development and Information, Communication and Technology on the same issue. A senior official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International trade travelled to Geneva to meet ICT officials who expressed their willingness extend technical and financial support to Kenya. The Chairman was then instructed by the Cabinet Secretary to engage relevant Ministries, Public Institutions and Sector umbrella bodies in developing the New Export Strategy document.