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Official opening of the Austrian Commercial Office in Nairobi (AC Nairobi)

Eröffnung- AC Nairobi © Adrienne Kaiser

© Adrienne Kaiser

18. November 2016

The President of the Austrian Chamber of commerce Christoph Leitl officially launched the Austrian Commercial Office in Nairobi (AC Nairobi) 

On the occasion of the official visit of the Austrian Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz, a 35-member of economic delegation from 27 domestic export companies, headed by the President of the Chamber, Leitl, visited Nairobi.Kenya has an export volume of around 22 million euros, Austria's most significant trading partner in East Africa, a region which, without South Africa, the buyer of about 35% of Austrian exports to central, eastern and southern Africa. The attractiveness of Kenya has increased due to years of experienced economic growth for foreign companies Highlights of the visit were an economic forum with the two most important Kenyan company associations, the KEPSA (Kenya Private Sector Alliance) as well as the Trade and Industry Chamber. The two economic forums had different objectives, on the one hand the official exchange of views with Kenyan officials and leading businessmen and on the other the bilateral business talks. The forums were attended with about 80 and 120 representatives from the sectors of  industry and politics. During the 32-hour stay in Nairobi, other meetings were held with the Kenyan Minister of Energy as well as the Assistant Minister of Health (Principal Secretary).Together with the Austrian Federal Minister Kurz, the Austrian Chamber President Leitl visited an EZA project in the kenyan Slum, Korogocho where amongst others, an essential contribution of the Austrian company, Backaldrin enables young people to build an existence within the framework of vocational training in the bakery.In the festive framework of the Austrian National holiday reception on 27.10., the new AC Nairobi, from which eleven countries in East Africa are to be overseen, was opened.Walter Koren, Head of AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA, said: "We would like to inform Austrian companies about opportunities in East Africa, to identify opportunities and lead them directly into the markets."On the verge of the return journey, the short visit to Nairobi winded up in the evening at the Carnivore Restaurant where exotic Ostrich and Crocodile meat were accorded laudable reception.