The 2nd Japan-Kenya Business Dialogue

On 12th March 2020, H.E. Ambassador HORIE Ryoichi and Dr. Moses Ikiara, Managing Director, Kenya Investment Authority held the 2nd Japan-Kenya Business Dialogue with representatives from relevant government and industrial institutions in Kenya.
Ambassador Horie lauded the increasing number of Japanese companies in Kenya in recent years, the achievements of the Japanese Government and the private sector in support of agricultural and manufacturing through ODA and events related to business. In addition, he stressed that Japan and Kenya have to continue to work on improvement of the business environment in Kenya and the need for cooperation in the success of the Mombasa SEZ.
Dr. Ikiara mentioned the necessity to achieve the early exporting avocado and passion fruit to Japan, the necessity to develop the manufacturing industry, and the need for cooperation in expanding trade between Japan and East Africa.
He welcomed the collaboration between Japanese companies and Kenyan companies.
This 2nd Japan-Kenya Business Dialogue was held in partnership with the Japanese Business Association in Kenya (Mr. Mori, Chief Representative), the Japan External Trade Organization: JETRO (Mr. Naoe, Head of Office), the Japan International Cooperation Agency: JICA (Mr. Komori, Chief Representative), A lot of Japanes companies and representatives from relevant government and industrial institutions in Kenya namely Ministry of Industrialization, Trade, and Enterprise Development (Ms. Nyang’a, Assistant Director, Business Environment and Private Sector Development Directorate), National Treasury and Ministry of Planning (Mr. Abubakar, Ag. Director, Macro Planning and International Cooperation Division), Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Dr. Kimani, Managing Director), Kenya Private Sector Alliance (Mr. Odongo, Manager, Trade and Investment), Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Mr. Masinde, Manager Trade), Kenya Association of Manufacturers (Ms. Njogu, Head of Consulting) and other stakeholders were in attendance.
The agenda is as follows.
  1. Status and way forward of four issues related to the business environment in Kenya presented by Japanese companies at the last Dialogue.
  2. The efforts of the Government of Japan to expand the Business Dialogue
  3. Subcommittee progress report of the Closed Dialogue
  4. Status and future direction of issues related to exports from Kenya to Japan, such as;
※H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to establish this Business Dialogue during the TICAD- 7 held in Yokohama, Japan in August 2019.