UK Deputy High Commissioner Susie Kitchens yesterday visited Nandi County, where she met with the County’s leadership to discuss a range of issues including security, governance, youth innovation and other areas of partnership.
Tweeting after the meeting, Nandi County Governor Stephen Sang said the “UK will offer capacity building support to women, youth and person’s living with disabilities to increase their uptake of government procurement opportunities.”
During her visit, Ms Kitchens also met with management representatives from tea producer Finlays.
Finlays originated in Glasgow in 1750 as a trader and manufacturer of cotton. The company established direct trading links with India in 1816 and China in 1817 and during the second half of the 19th century, representatives were sent to India to plant tea. From this point, Finlays started to play a leading role in the development of the global tea industry.
In Kericho, @SusieKitchens met the County Commisioner, County Assembly leadership and later the management of Finlays Kenya. Discussions covered opportunities for capacity building, local security & investment pic.twitter.com/n8NM1X911n
— UK in Kenya (@UKinKenya) July 3, 2018
Nandi County is home to many world record holders in athletics, including Kipchoge Keino, Henry Rono, Eliud Kipchoge, Pamela Jelimo, Janeth Jepkosgei, Moses Tanui, Julius Yego and Bernard Lagat.
The county’s major tourist destinations include Koitalel Samoei Museum, Kipps Bay Conservancy, and the Nandi Escarpment.
— Susie Kitchens (@SusieKitchens) July 4, 2018
It also hosts twelve of Kenya’s sixty six tea factories making it a significant player in the country’s and hence the global tea industry since Kenya is the world’s leading tea exporter.