Business Delegation from Lower Saxony led by the State Minster for Economics Visits Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya

From 27th October to 2nd November, 2019 a high level business delegation from the German Federal State of Lower Saxony visited Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. The visit was organized by the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce for Eastern Africa (AHK Eastern Africa) and the Chamber of Commerce (IHK) Hannover.

Led by Dr. Bernd Althusmann, the Lower Saxony Minister of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Digitalisation, the delegation consisted of 30 German companies, a representative of IHK Hannover and representatives from the Ministry of Lower Saxony. The delegation had an opportunity to visit three key Eastern Africa markets and to interact with the business communities, embassies and local public sector authorities with the aim of building and enhancing fruitful business relationships. The business delegation comprised of companies from all kinds of sectors, ranging from construction, production, food production, trade, livestock feed, health to clothing and pharmaceuticals.

During the week, the delegation had the opportunity to visit several facilities and associations, including Skol Brewery Limited in Rwanda, Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda, Crown Beverages Limited Uganda, the Uganda Investment Authority, the Uganda Manufacturing Association, the Uganda Small Scale Industries Association, the Kenya Association of Manufactures, Metta Co-Working and Innovation Hub and the Line Plast Group in Kenya. During these sessions the delegation had a chance to interact with high level decision makers in both the private and the public sectors.

The delegation also had the opportunity to attend the launch of the Volkswagen “Moving Rwanda” E-mobility Project featuring the locally assembled VW E-Golf. Moreover, the delegation met with many representatives of the respective bilateral business communities and interacted with stakeholders such as political foundations and development institutions and the Minister conducted meetings with the relevant line Ministries in the three countries. This included meetings with the relevant Minsters or Permanent Secretaries for Trade, Industry and Finance respectively in the three countries. Highlights in each country were receptions hosted by the German Ambassadors in their respective residences.

The Federal State of Lower Saxony, or Niedersachsen as it is known in German, is an exciting business location with many internationally active SMEs. It is the European leader in construction of large ultra-modern cruise liners, a key player in the passenger aircraft technology sector and Germany’s premier wind power state home to the country’s largest wind turbine manufacturer as well as home to the Volkswagen Factory, the largest car manufacturing plant in the world. The area is known for pioneering technology in electro-mobility, autonomous driving and food production.