The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business has revealed that Kenya’s President William Samoei Ruto will preside over the second Canada-Africa Business Conference.
The conference is set to take place on February 19th and 20th, 2024, in Nairobi, Kenya
In October 2023, President Ruto invited Canadian businesses to trade and invest in Kenya. This was during his speech at the Canada-Africa Chamber’s Africa Accelerating 2023 event in Toronto.
In response to the President’s invitation, the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business decided to organize this upcoming conference.
It comes after the success of their first-ever event at the Gaborone International Convention Centre in Botswana, as well as previous meetings held in Kenya.
The event will also welcome Maninder Sidhu, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Export Promotion, International Trade, and Economic Development.
This collaboration is facilitated with the support of the High Commission of Canada in Kenya.
Moreover, the Canada-Africa Business Conference will convene industry leaders for a full day’s program at the Muthaiga Country Club, along with a VIP Reception on February 19th.
This is in collaboration with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the High Commission of Canada.
Additionally, the event will be followed by a second day dedicated to site visits in Nairobi on February 20th.
The conference welcomes all corporate members of The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business, along with invited guests and sponsors.
It will cover sectors like infrastructure, energy, financing for Canada-Africa projects, and FinTech. More sectors may be added later.
Strengthening Partnerships for Trade and Investment
The main theme is on Canada as a reliable partner in African markets. It highlights Kenya’s important role as a gateway to East Africa and the continent.
While giving his remarks about the conference, Deepak Dave, Program Chair for the event stated,
“We eagerly anticipate sharing program updates as we confirm the participation of leading decision-makers.”
Garreth Bloor, the President of the Canada-Africa Chamber further added,
“Our previous engagements in Kenya have always been an incredible success, and this is a testament, in no small part, to the key role of Kenya and KEPSA in Canada-Africa trade and investment.”
Ms. Carole Kariuki, Chief Executive Officer of KEPSA, also expressed excitement about the collaboration. She stated,
“We are excited to collaborate with the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business and look forward to the forum that will promote trade and investment between Canada and our great continent of Africa.
“This forum aims to widen the scope of available opportunities in medical care, infrastructure, energy, FinTech, and project financing.”
Christopher Thornley, the Canadian High Commissioner to Kenya, has invited all delegates of the Conference to an evening reception on Monday, February 19th, after the day’s events.