Official Opening of new AHK Premises

19.04.18 Activities, AHK Kenia - News-Hauptkategorie

The Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya (AHK Kenya) officially opened its new premises at West Park Suites on Ojijo Road, Parklands.

The opening took place on the occasion of a visit of a high level delegation from Germany, led by Dr. Martin Wansleben, the CEO of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK), and Andreas Mattfeldt, Member of the German Federal Parliament.

The Chief Guest at the opening was Betty Maina, Principal Secretary for Industrialization who was accompanied by Kevit Desai Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Education. Also in attendance were the German Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Jutta Frasch, Leboo Ole Morintat, CEO of the Nairobi City County, and Oliver Konje, the Assistant Director at the Department of International Trade.

The opening of the new premises comes at a time when trade cooperation between the two nations is on an upward trend. This was confirmed by Oliver Konje, Assistant Director of the Department of International Trade who expressed the Government of Kenya’s appreciation of the cordial trade relations between the two nations.

The German Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Jutta Frasch, reaffirmed her country’s strong support for the growing trade relations and in particular singled out Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) as one of the key areas of cooperation between Germany and Kenya. She also highlighted AHK Kenya’s involvement in the TVET Working Group for which she believes “it is necessary to bring the private sector in development since that is the only way to get jobs for the more than one million youth joining the job market annually".

Dr. Martin Wansleben, the CEO of the Association of German Chambers of Commerce in his speech emphasized that “the African continent, particularly the Eastern African region, holds huge opportunities for the global economy and German business. We see a growing interest of German companies to contribute to the Eastern African growth story”. He further pointed out that the growth of the AHK Kenya office from an initial team of two to the current twenty is a good indicator that much lies ahead for the German – Kenya trade relations. His remarks were echoed by Maren Diale-Schellschmidt, Country Director of AHK Kenya, who shared her belief that “It is through cooperation in a partnership of equals that challenges turn into opportunities".