Greg Hands discusses trade and diplomatic ties with Kenyan officials in Nairobi

Greg Hands in Kenya
Greg Hands is joined by UK High Commissioner Nic Hailey and his Deputy Susie Kitchens for a discussion with CS Monica Juma on diplomatic and trading relationships between the UK and Kenya. Photo: Twitter/Trade_Kenya

This evening, UK Trade Minister, Greg Hands, has joined Kenyan officials for the inaugural Kenya/UK Economic Development Forum at Nairobi’s Intercontinental Hotel, focusing on developing the economic relationship between the UK and Kenya.

At the forum in Nairobi, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Amb Monica Juma said she was optimistic that diplomatic and trade ties between Kenya and UK will grow stronger and better despite changing landscape in Europe.

Tweeting after the forum, Mr Hands said: “Glad to have been there. An excellent exchange of views and good to see our special Kenya-U.K. relationship thriving.”

Earlier in the day, Mr Hands was guest speaker at the Commonwealth Women’s Forum.

The event was a celebration of female entrepreneurs in Kenya ahead of discussion on gender parity and women in economic development at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London next week.

Explaining why the UK believes supporting women’s participation in the economy is essential, Mr Hands said: “Women make up over half our populations; no economy can succeed if it ignores or downplays the potential of half its people.”

Greg Hands in Kenya
British MP Greg Hands talks to Kenyan business women about why the UK believes supporting women’s participation in the economy is essential. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

The Kenyan businesswomen took the opportunity to share their suggestions on how to encourage more women entrepreneurs, which included easier access to finance, greater support for SMEs and providing mentoring.