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Exports Agency Leverages On Technology To Support Women Exporters In Virtual Trade Fair

Kenya Export Promotion and Branding Agency CEO Dr. Wilfred Marube (Right) engages an Exhibitor at the Virtual Macfrut Digital 2020 Trade Fair. [PHOTO/ COURTESY]

Kenya Export Promotion and Branding Agency (KEPROBA) is hosting 10 women exporters who are exhibiting at the Virtual Macfrut Digital 2020 Trade Fair that kicks off on Wednesday. This is part of the Agency’s strategy of leveraging on technology to push the exports agenda in the face of the global Covid-19 pandemic that has disrupted global trade.

Macfrut Trade Fair, which is in its 37th Edition, is expected to bring together global stakeholders including exporters, importers, technicians, experts and investors in value addition, showcasing current emerging business opportunities in the fruit and vegetable sectors. The fair was postponed from May 2020 due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

The Agency has partnered with International Trade Centre’s SheTrades project, which is an initiative that provides women entrepreneurs with a unique network and platform to connect to international markets. They work across the business ecosystem to facilitate market access for exporters of fresh produce in Kenya and promote the participation of women in exports.

“The Agency has made tremendous interventions and assisted the exhibitors prepare for the exhibition through briefings, running a digital campaign to promote Kenya’s participation and profiling the exhibitors at the event to drive traffic to the Kenyan stands. On top of that the Agency is also hosting the exhibitors at our Offices at 1st Floor Anniversary Towers to enable them to participate effectively using our facilities and providing standby support by the Agencies Experts and ITC Representatives,” KEPROBA said in a statement.

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Macfrut Digital Fair will also provide B2B forums where professionals in the fruit and vegetable sector meet with their counterparts in Italy and in Europe. There will be display of products like agricultural equipment’s, agricultural chemical, farm, and agricultural products and services associated with this field.

In 2019, Kenya’s merchandised exports to Europe were worth a total of US $ 1.4 billion worth and the third-largest destination, after Africa (38%) and Asia (26%). The European market accounted for 25.4 per cent of Kenya’s total exports valued at US$ 5.8 billion. The western European economies of, Germany, Netherlands and the United Kingdom (before Brexit) were the three major exports destinations within the Europe region and among them accounted for 16.7% of Kenya’s total exports in 2019.

Kenya’s leading exports to the European Union have been  largely fresh produce mainly vegetables, tea, coffee, fruits and nuts, preserved fruits, tobacco products and canned fruit juices, while Kenya’s imports from European Union have comprised  of medicaments, petroleum oils, paper and paper board, Medicinal and pharmaceutical products, arms and ammunition, chemicals, motor vehicles, aircrafts, space crafts as well as parts.

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In this Virtual Trade Fair that is happening in Rimini, Italy, Kenya is being represented by the 10 exporters in fruits and vegetables including Biofarm Limited, Dakiem Limited, Food Africa Limited, FreshPlus Limited, Kyula Exporters, Modest Exporters, Mula Export Limited, Saipei Foods Limited, Select Fresh Produce as well as Urban Fresh Ventures.

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Written by Francis Muli

Senior reporter at Kahawa Tungu, Muli has a passion for human interest stories. Believes in unearthing societal rots that have been hidden from the public eye.
Follow me on Twitter @FmuliKE. Email francis@kahawatungu.com

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