NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – TRADE between Kenya and Great Britain is set to grow following the launch of a new Coastal Chapter of the British Chamber of Commerce Kenya (BCCK) in Mombasa.
A new Visa Application Centre (VAC) has also been launched in the city.
British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, formally launched the business chapter and announced the VAC.
Now in its fourth year of operations, the Chamber represents over 200 members, from Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE) 100 companies down to individual consultants. Its membership includes some of the largest tax payers in Kenya, and as a whole provides employment to more than 200 000 people in the country.
The new Mombasa Chapter will represent, support and advocate on behalf of British business in the coastal region across a wide range of sectors including tourism, agri-business, shipping, infrastructure and transport.
The UK is investing heavily in the region, with around Ksh10 billion (£76,9 million) aimed at creating jobs, developing infrastructure and strengthening the investment climate at the coast.
Hailey said UK wanted to see more links between businesses of the two countries.
“..more partnerships, more jobs and a better business environment.”
Meanwhile, the VAC will provide an additional option to the facility already operating in Nairobi, extending the range of UK Visa services offered to customers across the East African country.
The UK is one of the largest foreign investors in Kenya. Bilateral trade totals over £1,3 billion.
– CAJ News