Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä in health and energy sector focused visit
Minister of Economic Affairs Mika Lintilä visited Kenya 31.10. – 2.11.2018. The Minister led a Team Finland delegation of 14 Finnish businesses, universities and investors, representing Finnish expertise in the energy, health and education sectors.
The Minister opened a high-level and successful Doing Business with Finland event
The Minister opened a Doing Business with Finland seminar, organized together with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). The seminar was attended by private and public organizations from different sectors in Finland and Kenya, with the aim of improving information exchange, investments and solutions, particularly in the energy, health and education sectors.
Minister Lintilä emphasized the growing number of Finnish businesses and investors in Kenya, and highlighted Finland’s long-term partnership with the Kenyan private sector and in developing regional trade integration.
The event was very well attended, with over 170 participants, exceeding all expectations in volume and quality. The feedback from the Kenyan and Finnish participating companies was very good. The event led to several new commercial partnership initiatives, which are currently being discussed.
The Minister attended many high-level meetings
Several high-level meetings held during the visit advanced the political contacts and projects of Finnish actors in Kenya.
The ministerial delegation met Principal Secretary Joseph Njoroge from the Energy Ministry, together with high-level representatives from Kenya’s energy services. Together with representatives from Finland’s health sector, the Minister also met Kenya’s Minister of Health Sicily K. Kariuki.
In his meeting with Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury Henry K. Rotich, Minister Lintilä discussed commercial trends and partnership opportunities, especially through development cooperation. The meeting resulted in concrete progress on a bilateral investment protection agreement as well as a double taxation agreement. The Ministers agreed that the development of trade required continuous commitment from both parties.
The Minister delegation also held discussions with representatives from UN organizations, the African Development Bank and European Development Bank, as well as several sectoral meetings with public and private actors.