Yesterday evening, the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, formally launched a new Coastal Chapter of the British Chamber of Commerce Kenya (BCCK) at an event in Mombasa.
Promoting trade links between the UK and Kenya, the BCCK is now in its fourth year of operations.
The Chamber represents over 200 members, from FTSE 100 companies down to individual consultants with its members including some of the largest tax payers in Kenya.
In total it provides employment to more than 200,000 people in the country.
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The UK Government is investing heavily in the Coast region, with around Ksh 10bn aimed at creating jobs, developing infrastructure and strengthening the investment climate at the Coast.
Attending the event alongside Mr Hailey were Mombasa Governor Hasan Joho, Lamu County Governor, Issa Timamy and Taita Tamera County Governor, John Mruttu.
Tweeting after the event, Governor Joho said: “We welcome the launch of the new Coastal Chapter of the British Chamber of Commerce Kenya by British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey.
“We will collectively as a region continue to proactively source for such strategic partnerships and platforms that will enhance investments.”
BCCL’s new Mombasa Chapter will represent, support and advocate on behalf of British business in the Coastal region across a wide range of sectors including Tourism, Agri Business, Shipping, Infrastructure and Transport.
“We want to see more links between UK and Kenyan business; more partnerships, more jobs, and a better business environment.”
The launch of the latest BCCK Chapter will provide a further platform for UK and Kenyan companies to work together; forming partnerships, sharing innovation and building prosperity in the region.
This follows British Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech about a ‘Global Britain’’, where she outlined plans for the UK to actively seek trade deals for the UK beyond the confines of the EU trading block.
Mr Hailey went on to announce the opening of a new UK Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Mombasa. The new facility will provide an additional option to the VAC already operating in Nairobi, extending the range of UK Visa services offered to customers across Kenya