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Nairobi set to host China-Kenya trade forum

Kenya is scheduled to host a China trade forum next month to boost Sino-Kenyan interactions, organizers said on Monday.

International Events Director at Middle East International Events (MIE) Michelle Meyrick told a media briefing in Nairobi that Phase one of the Fourth edition of the China Trade Week Kenya will be held from 13 – 15 June, with Phase two slated for 18-20 the same month.

The China Trade Week is a business-to-business matching trade show featuring over 500 Chinese manufacturing companies looking to connect with the local and regional players in sourcing, buying and purchasing.

“The event will help to expand Sino-Kenya trade by proving an opportunity for the local business community to develop direct trading links with high-end Chinese product manufacturers,” Meyrick said.

This will be the first time the China Trade Week is split into two phases.

The event is expected to bring together exhibitors in building materials, lighting, water and environmental, furniture, textile, consumer goods, automobile and auto parts, electrical and agriculture sectors.

Meyrick said the trade forum has been instrumental in increasing commercial and investment ties between the two countries.

The first China Trade Week in Africa was held in Kenya in 2015, and since then, Ghana, South Africa and Ethiopia have also hosted similar events.

Meyrick said that the China Trade Week was the first China-focused event to be hosted in the east Africa region.

“It successfully provided exhibitors, visitors and various stakeholders with the opportunity to meet together to develop trade relations and potentially negotiate commercial cooperation with Chinese manufacturers,” she said.

Source: CGTN Africa/ Jerry Omondi

Published: 05/28/18