Irish Ambassador Fionnuala Quinlan addresses her first Business Ireland Kenya breakfast meeting in Nairobi

Fionnuala Quinlan at BIK
Irish Ambassador Fionnuala Quinlan at her first Business Ireland Kenya meeting. Photo: Twitter/BIrlKe

Fionnuala Quinlan has attended her first Business Ireland Kenya (BIK) meeting as Irish Ambassador to the country. 

The theme of the meeting was “Manufacturing; A Key Pillar of Kenya’s Big 4 Agenda” and after a welcome address by BIK Chair Darren Gillen, Chris Hockey from Warrior Insight updated BIK Members on the security  in Kenya.

Chris Hockey from Warrior Insight
Chris Hockey from Warrior Insight speaking at the BIK breakfast meeting. Photo: Twitter/BIrlKe

He was followed by the Irish Ambassador who revealed that imports from Ireland to Kenya has increased at 21 percent and that the Irish Embassy would soon be launching a catalytic fund for SMEs.

Another speaker at the breakfast meeting was Peter Scott, CEO of BURN Manufacturing, who have sold more than 600,000 clean-burning cookstoves sold since 2013 which have impacted more than three million lives in East Africa and further afield.

Peter Scott CEO BURN Manufacturing
Peter Scott, CEO of BURN Manufacturing. Photo: Twitter/BirlKe

Robert Gichohi, Director MML Turner and Townsend, the largest independent construction consultancy in East Africa, was another speaker who shared his thoughts on manufacturing in the country.

Robert Gichohi, Director MML Turner and Townsend
Robert Gichohi, Director MML Turner and Townsend. Photo: Twitter/BIrlKe

Mr Sachen Gudka, Chair of Kenya Association of Manufacturers which is the representative organization for manufacturing value-add industries, shared his own insights into manufacturing with members including how 7.7 percent of Kenya‘s GDP is in Manufacturing industry and that the industry grew by 4.9 percent in 2018.

Sachen Gudka, Chair of Kenya Association of Manufacturers
Sachen Gudka, Chair of Kenya Association of Manufacturers at the BIK breakfast meeting. Photo: Twitter/BIrlKe

He also said that the number of agents involved in imports at Mombasa Port was to reduce from 28 to 4.

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