On Tuesday 6th August 2019, the Irish Ambassador to Kenya Ms. Fionnuala Quinlan paid a courtesy call to KEPSA and was received by KEPSA Deputy CEO, Ms. Rachel Muthoga. The main agenda of the meeting was to brief the Ambassador who recently took up the Ambassadorial post in Kenya on the existing collaboration between KEPSA and the Irish Embassy.
Ms. Muthoga in her remarks informed the Ambassador on the role KEPSA is playing in improving the ease of doing business and creating a level playing field especially for women in business and in the workplace. She also conveyed part of the business community’s anxiety on the disruption of important trade routes when Brexit takes effect.
The Ambassador said that amidst the anxiety and uncertainty to both Ireland, due to its geographical position, and trading partners who used the UK as the EU trading hub, there could be a silver lining. Ireland could be an alternative trade route into the EU. She expressed her happiness with the work that KEPSA is doing.
Present in the meeting was KEPSA Investments Manager, Mr. Timothy Odongo who informed the Ambassador on the progress of the joint program of work on support to women in business in Kenya. Part of their deliberations was on the role the Business Hub is playing in supporting women led MSMEs and SMEs in identifying challenges in their business environment and identifying solutions and also took the opportunity to brief the Ambassador on the role of the Business Hub. Mr. Odongo said that the Business Hub is an initiative of KEPSA that is designed to increase trade and investments between KEPSA Members with local and international players facilitated by strategic partnerships between KEPSA and relevant trade and investment facilitation bodies. He concluded by saying that the Irish Embassy in Nairobi is one of the development partner supporting the Business Hub.
The meeting discussed and reviewed the current support offered by the Irish Government to KEPSA as well as opportunities available for future collaborations. The meeting also noted with delight the relationship between the two organisations while agreeing on continued and deeper engagement.