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Organized by the Kenya High Commission in South Africa and Mail and Guardian Africa, Ambassador Jean N. Kamau, High Commissioner of Kenya to South Africa said, ‘It was a unique opportunity for Kenyan and South African private sectors to discuss and engage in mutually beneficial partnerships that are aligned with the Kenyan government’s economic and social transformation blue print, the Vision 2020.
The balance of trade is tilted in favour of South Africa, said H.E Dr Amina C Mohamed Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade in her address. This among other issues including visas, work permits, work creation and improved market access were being tackled and resolved through various and valued partnerships that South Africa and Kenya have fostered through official channels and cooperation of a shared history she said.
Chicken farmer Trevor Ncube, Deputy Executive Chairman – Mail and Guardian Media Ltd, South Africa and Chairman of Alpha Media Holdings, Zimbabwe and organizer of the summit said Africa is exciting, that this was an opportunity to share factual information and have candid discussions to resolve issues.
Kiprono Kittony Chair of the Kenya Chamber of Commerce and Industry used the USA as an example to point out how diversity equals success referring to the current President of the USA who is of Kenyan descent and the CEO of Microsoft who is of Indian descent. The panels included various representatives of major corporations that are invested in Kenya, speaking of their experiences of skilled professionals, infrastructure, and ease of doing business.