Port deals, honey and bilateral issues top the agenda of Greece in East Africa as they seek to expand their market beyond Europe
Greece is exploring the East Africa market for their produce with their trade delegation visiting both Kenya and Ethiopia. in Addis Ababa, he will meet the Vice-President of the African Union and the Head of the European Investment Bank in Ethiopia, Eleni Kyrou.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Terens Quick, is visiting Kenya and Ethiopia heading a business mission, in the context of the policy to boost the outward-looking character of the Greek economy and Greek businesses.
The agenda of the talks at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and at the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as in the B2B contacts that representatives of Greek enterprises had with their Kenyan counterparts included, inter alia, issues related to energy, aluminium, construction, tourism, shipping, port cooperation, agricultural products, and standardised foods.
Upon conclusion of the business mission to Kenya, the Deputy Minister said, “Beyond the B2B meetings, the results of which the Greek entrepreneurs themselves commented upon with satisfaction, I would like to remain on certain facts that resulted from the multi-hour talks we had at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the Chamber of Commerce.”
The meeting in Nairobi agreed on the prompt signature of the MOU for the Ports of Piraeus – Mombasa, which Kenya had taken time to pen signature. Under the deal, the ships with their products, exiting the Suez Canal, can swiftly reach Piraeus, from where they can more economically and quickly penetrate Europe.
President of the Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Kiprono Kittony is seeking Greece assistance on Kenya honey in accessing the European and international market for honey. In addition, Kittony requested contact linking with a specific Greek company which specialises in cosmetics made out of honey, with the possibility of founding a similar company in Kenya, on the continent with a market of millions of consumers.
“This promises to be a week of intense activity for the extroversion of our national economy. It will benefit our enterprises, which are constantly gaining the appreciation of the global market thanks to their consistency, quality, competitive prices and innovative products,” Terens Quick noted.