Deputy High Commissioner hosts launch reception for ‘Companies to Inspire Africa’ report

Companies to Inspire Africa report
Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya, Dr John Murton looks through a copy of the Companies to Inspire Africa report. Photo: Facebook/UK-in-Kenya

On Thursday, the UK’s Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya, Dr. John Murton, hosted a reception to celebrate the launch of the London Stock Exchange Group’s inaugural report ‘Companies to Inspire Africa’ which you can read in full at the bottom of this article.

Over 50 of the 300 fast-growing companies highlighted in the report for creating jobs and lifting people out of poverty are based in Kenya, with over a quarter of these focussing on renewable energy.

Companies to Inspire Africa Report 2017

Among the Kenyan Companies listed are Cellulant, D.light, Eaton Towers and Shop Soko – an ethical fashion brand and mobile technology-enabled supply chain platform.

“This report underlines why the UK is supporting private sector development in Africa. The companies highlighted in the report are all helping to create jobs and reduce poverty. The fact that Kenya is home to the second largest number of companies identified in the report demonstrates the opportunities that exist here. Kenya’s dynamism is one of the reasons why we continue to strengthen the already strong business ties between UK and Kenya as a Global Britain looks to its post-Brexit future.” – Dr John Murton

London Stock Exchange Co-Head for Emerging Markets, Ibukun Adebayo and M-Kopa solar CEO Mr. Jesse Moore joined Dr Murton at the event, which was also attended by key Kenyan business leaders and entrepreneurs in public and private sectors.

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The event took place in the same week as H.E President Kenyatta’s visit to the UK, during which he met a number of business leaders, reiterating the importance of UK-Kenya business links. During his visit, the President also met with Prime Minister Theresa May and Prince William.

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