At the first day of Kenya Trade Week, Chair of the Council for TradeMark East Africa Pete Vowles, joined colleagues from TradeMark East Africa, and representatives from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives along with other stakeholders to discuss pertinent issues on trade.
Among the topics discussed were opportunities, challenges, and how stakeholders can work together to overcome barriers to trade.
Speaking at the event, Mr Vowles, who is also the Department for International Development (DFID) at the UK High Commission in Kenya, noted the important role trade plays in sustainable economic development, and referenced the UK’s continued commitment to our trade relationship with Kenya.
“No country has reduced poverty sustainably without increasing trade…we look forward to our continued partnership with Kenya in trade facilitation… because we are committed to working together to tackle poverty, attract investment, and promote long-term economic growth, ending the need for aid, and, because we want to build trading partners for the future.” – Pete Vowles
The UK is the largest cumulative commercial investor in Kenya with over 150 UK companies operating in Kenya and 4 of the top 10 corporate taxpayers in Kenya headquartered in the UK.