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Opening of the Netherlands Business Hub Nairobi


Published on: 15-Dec-2015

On the 14th of December, the Netherlands Business Hub in Nairobi has been opened. 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), the leading network organization in the Netherlands for trade and investment on the African continent, and the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), Netherland’s principal network for the global water sector. The Hub counts with the support of the Dutch Embassy in Nairobi and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).

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 Kenya entities, in these sectors, but will also catalyze Dutch opportunities in other emerging opportunities such as ICT, health and impact oriented businesses.

Sjoerd Kuperus, the newly recruited Managing Director of the Netherlands Business Hub, says 'I am really excited to now spearhead the Dutch-Kenyan business interests. The two countries have so much to offer to each other, not only in commercial opportunities but also in learning and knowledge exchange’. Equally, his Excellency Frans Makken,  Ambassador of the Netherlands in Nairobi commented ‘The Dutch Embassy strongly believes in the role the private sector can play in economic development and poverty alleviation. With the Netherlands Business Hub we now have a strong vehicle to actively support the participation of Dutch companies in inclusive business opportunities’.

Dutch, Kenyan and East-African companies interested in joining the Netherlands Business Hub Nairobi are invited to contact Mackenzie Masaki at  mackenzie.masaki@nabc.nl

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