Kenya to organize trade mission to DR Congo to boost bilateral trade


Kenya on Monday announced that it will organize a trade mission for its business community to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in order to boost bilateral trade.

Betty Maina, cabinet secretary of Ministry of Trade, Industrialization and Enterprise Development told journalists in Nairobi that the mission undertaking includes a 15-day visit to the central African nation between Nov. 29 and Dec. 13 in the cities of Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Goma, and Mbuji Mayi.

“DRC is the sixth leading export destination for Kenyan products in the world with agricultural and manufactured goods topping the list.

This trade mission will strengthen service and product investment between the two nations, and we are looking to explore more partnership opportunities in various sectors of the economy,” Maina said.

Equity Group, through Equity Bank Kenya and Equity BCDC, its DRC banking subsidiary, will support the trade mission by mobilizing small and medium entrepreneurs.

Maina noted that the visit by Kenyan investors will boost trade and development which in turn translates into an economic win for the region and the greater Sub-Saharan Africa.

According to the trade ministry, investors from Kenya will meet and network with their counterparts in the DRC in exploring opportunities that have the potential to unlock trade, tourism and investment opportunities in the DRC as well as the Great Lakes region.—APP

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