As a follow-up to initiatives by the governments of the respective countries, the Kenyan Trade Expo opened here on Monday to exhibit products that are unique to the Eastern African country, as well as woo partners from Ghana’s business community for synergy in the business arena.
The there-day event which has products such as Kenyan tea, Kenyan coffee of various brands as flowers from Kenya, dairy products, airline, tourism and many other items on display seeks to showcase the investment and business opportunities that abound in that country.
Opening the event, General Manager of Ghana Export Promotions Authority (GEPA), Stephen Normashie stressed the need for intra-African trade as a response to the discrimination products from the continent suffer in markets outside the region.
The Kenya Trade Expo is being organized with the collaboration between Ghana Investment Promotion Centre(GIPC), Ministry of Trade and Industry- Ghana, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), Kenyan High Commission to West Africa and the Ghana High Commission to East Africa.
The official urged African governments to put their well trumpeted desires to increase intra-regional trade into concrete action, by removing the unnecessary trade barriers.
Kenya’s High Commissioner to West Africa, Tom Amolo observed that the current drive to link Ghana and Kenya through the deepening of political, economic and cultural cooperation was the way to bring to pass the vision of the two founding presidents of Ghana and Kenya, Kwame Nkrumah and Jomo Kenyata.
Ghana and Kenya established diplomatic relations in 2007 with Ghana opening a High Commission (embassy) in Nairobi. Both countries have granted their respective citizens visa-free travel status into each other’s country.
Kenya is however still yet to open its High Commission in the West African country, and Amolo said the government was working hard to make that happen. Enditem