This evening, UK Trade Minister, Greg Hands, has joined Kenyan officials for the inaugural Kenya/UK Economic Development Forum at Nairobi’s Intercontinental Hotel, focusing on developing the economic relationship between the UK and Kenya.
At the forum in Nairobi, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Amb Monica Juma said she was optimistic that diplomatic and trade ties between Kenya and UK will grow stronger and better despite changing landscape in Europe.
Cabinet Secretary Amb Monica Juma shares a light moment with visiting UK Minister for Trade Hon Greg Hands before hosting an Economic Development Forum at the Intercontinental Hotel, last evening. Present were PS Trade @Kiptoock and UK ambassador who in Kenya Nic Hailey. pic.twitter.com/FLOoEgtxcl
— ForeignAffairsKenya (@ForeignOfficeKE) April 13, 2018
Tweeting after the forum, Mr Hands said: “Glad to have been there. An excellent exchange of views and good to see our special Kenya-U.K. relationship thriving.”
Talks on Kenya-UK economic development forum meant to enhance trade and investment going on now in Nairobi @Kiptoock @AdanMohamedCS @ForeignOfficeKE @AmbMKamau @AbabuNamwamba @SicilyKariuki @GregHands @HCNicHailey @SusieKitchens @UKinKenya pic.twitter.com/ZLeSuwdwrt
— Trade Kenya (@Trade_Kenya) April 12, 2018
Earlier in the day, Mr Hands was guest speaker at the Commonwealth Women’s Forum.
True gender equality would add the equivalent of USA and China put together to the world economy by 2025 – @GregHands speaks to Kenyan women entrepreneurs in advance of @Commonwealth18 pic.twitter.com/98KWvlh8Qm
— Nic Hailey (@HCNicHailey) April 12, 2018
The event was a celebration of female entrepreneurs in Kenya ahead of discussion on gender parity and women in economic development at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London next week.
Explaining why the UK believes supporting women’s participation in the economy is essential, Mr Hands said: “Women make up over half our populations; no economy can succeed if it ignores or downplays the potential of half its people.”
The Kenyan businesswomen took the opportunity to share their suggestions on how to encourage more women entrepreneurs, which included easier access to finance, greater support for SMEs and providing mentoring.