On 15th March 2022, Chairman of European Business Council Kenya Darren Gillen joined EU Ambassador to Kenya and Head of Delegation Henriette Geiger, together with Commercial Counsellor, Martijn Boelen to meet KEPSA CEO Ms. Carole Kariuki
Ambassador Geiger thanked Ms. Kariuki for the recent partnership where KEPSA through the Sustainable Inclusive Business Kenya recently held a networking/speed dating event at the Ambassadors residence with stakeholders in the circular economy field. The event was successful with a selection of some of the key players for further support.
Sustainable Inclusive Business Kenya is established under the KEPSA Foundation through a fruitful partnership between MVO Nederland and KEPSA and is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It supports businesses to become sustainable and inclusive by encouraging them to take full responsibility for their business impact.
It also promotes, supports and pushes businesses to thrive and make the world a better place, it believes that every business can contribute to a Sustainable Economy that has a positive impact on People, Planet and Profit.
Ambassador Geiger also briefed Ms. Kariuki on the EU’s focus to prioritize investments on green investments and the need to work together with KEPSA to achieve greater synergies with the hope of hosting a conference or an investment forum at a later date in Kenya focusing on the same.
On the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU, it was noted that there is need for sustainable development to come up with a modern EPA that gives solid ground to green trade and sustainable investments. It was agreed that there is need to build momentum ahead of the signing, create an enabling environment for business for uptake upon ratification.
The European Commission welcomed the launch of the Strategic Dialogue between the European Union and the Republic of Kenya, agreed on 21st June 2021, and the strengthening of the multilateral partnership between the EU and the East African Community (EAC) region.
KEPSA and EU agreed to engage towards the implementation of bilateral trade and economic development cooperation provisions, of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) within the East African Community.
Ambassador Geiger applauded the Mkenya Daima Initiative which is a non-partisan multi-stakeholder platform whose primary purpose is to inspire Kenyans towards peaceful elections and prosperity thereafter noting that this was key in portraying Kenya to investors as a stable and peaceful country of which is fundamental to attracting EU investment to Kenya.