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Netherlands Business Hub Nairobi offers opportunities in East-Africa

18/12/2015

The Netherlands Business Hub Nairobi was opened on Monday 14 December 2015 by his Excellency Mr. Frans Makken, Ambassador of the Netherlands in Kenya. The Netherlands Business Hub Nairobi will facilitate economic and business interests between the Netherlands and East-Africa. The Hub is an initiative of the Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC) and the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), with the support of the Dutch Embassy in Nairobi and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). The opening and the network reception in Nairobi were attended by an audience of over 200 persons.

Kenya is already an important destination for Dutch trade and investment. The Kenyan economy, as well as the economies of neighboring countries, is expected to continue to grow in coming years, offering further opportunities for Dutch companies to contribute to social-economic growth of the region. Dutch companies are traditionally strong in the water, agribusiness, energy and infrastructure and port-development sectors. The Hub will specifically facilitate participation, as well as partnerships with Kenyan entities, in these sectors, but will also catalyze Dutch opportunities in other emerging sectors such as ICT and health. 

Sjoerd Kuperus is the Managing Director of the Netherlands Business Hub. He states “I am excited to spearhead the Dutch-Kenyan business interests. The two countries have a lot to offer to each other, in commercial opportunities and knowledge exchange”. For 2016, the aim is to develop the Business Hub into a strong vehicle to actively support the participation of Dutch companies in inclusive business opportunities in East-Africa.

Dutch, Kenyan and East-African companies interested in joining the Netherlands Business Hub Nairobi are invited to contact Sjoerd Kuperus, MD Netherlands Business Hub Nairobi: info@nlbusinesshub.com. Or Afke van der Woude, Netherlands Water Partnership: a.vanderwoude@nwp.nl, +31(0)70-3043736. 

The opening of the Netherlands Business Hub Nairobi was also covered in this article of Business Daily Africa.