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22.12.17 Activities

Business Delegation from the State of Baden Wurttemberg to Kenya

The Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya together with the German Embassy in Kenya organized a delegation visit from the State of Baden-Württemberg to Nairobi, Kenya from the 29th of November to 1st December 2017.

Baden-Württemberg is Europe’s most innovative region and the foreign trade figures clearly reveal the state’s integration into the global economy. Companies in Baden-Württemberg make a decisive contribution to the creation of global supply chains hence the state’s interest in actively seeking collaborative exchange of politics, economy, science and society. The Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing encourages the internationalization of small and medium sized companies and support their networking abroad through numerous funding concepts.

The Delegation visit was headed by State Secretary Theresa Schopper – State Ministry Baden-Württemberg, and State Secretary Katrin Schütz – Ministry of Economic Affairs Baden-Württemberg.

Baden-Württemberg International planned this trip in cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Affairs – Labour and Housing Baden-Württemberg, the Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Baden-Württemberg, the LVI-Federation of Industry of the State of Baden-Württemberg Inc., the State Bank of Baden-Württemberg, EZ-Scout and  the Baden-Württemberg Confederation of Chambers of Skilled Crafts International.

Twenty nine delegates included State Secretaries, Members of the State Parliament, a Honorary Consul, Ministry Advisors and eight companies from diverse fields including Education, Architecture, Design, Engineering and Transport & Mobility. Due to the sector diversity of the participants, the Baden-Württemberg delegation was engaged in a number of activities during their visit in Nairobi that included a roundtable on the state of economy and opportunities in Kenya, business meetings and company visits to BASF East Africa, Krones LCS Center E.A Ltd. and Kevian Kenya Ltd. All of these engagements were greatly beneficial to the delegates as they show cased first-hand the realities of conducting business in Kenya.

The delegates also got the opportunity to meet with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) which enriched their knowledge on regulation and the current status of technical and vocational education in Kenya. Areas of potential collaborations were also discussed.