“There will be lots of opportunities for the UK and Kenya” post Brexit, Susie Kitchens tells conference

Susie Kitchens opens the 1st African Social Enterprise Conference
Susie Kitchens opens the 1st African Social Enterprise Conference. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

UK Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya, Susie Kitchens, has opened the 1st Annual Africa Conference on Social Enterprise at Tangaza University College.

Speaking to the attendees, she shared her experience of social enterprise across the world and emphasised its importance to development.

You can’t teach a big idea but you can teach the discipline of enterprise.

She also discussed how the British government supports social enterprise in Kenya and how the UK social enterprise sector employs 1.4 million people.

Susie Kitchens at 1st African Social Enterprise
Susie Kitchens at the first African Social Enterprise Conference. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

Susie explained how entrepreneurs need financial tools to suit their products and expanded on the role of government which she said is a strong part of the social entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Discussing life after the UK has left the European Union following the referendum vote last year, she said: “There will be lots of opportunities for UK and Kenya after we leave the EU.”

Susie Kitchens at 1st African Social Enterprise
Susie Kitchens at this morning’s social enterprise meeting with British Council Country Director Tony Reilly. Photo: Twitter/ke_British

The Annual African Conference On Social Entrepreneurship is aiming to bring together a cohort of social entrepreneurs, academia, public and private sector.

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