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Kenya to sell more veg in Africa

On Wednesday 9 Nov., Export Promotion Council (EPC) Director, Solomon Boit, told journalists that Kenya plans to focus on Africa in order to boost its exports. According to Boit, Kenya is pursuing a number of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements with African states in order to improve trade. 

"We have identified a number of countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda and Angola that have huge potential markets for Kenyan goods," Boit said during the opening ceremony of the 34th edition of the Indian Export Promotion Council trade fair. 

"We have discovered that there is a lot of potential for Kenyan products in Africa which can help us diversify our export markets," he added. 

He noted that increasing economic growth in the past decade has made the continent become a large potential market for Kenyan goods. 

"We are also targeting African countries because these nations have consumer tastes and preferences similar to that of Kenya," he said. 

Kenya also wants to take advantage of the close proximity of the African nations to expand its export volumes. 

Data from the Economic Survey of 2016 show that Kenya exported 2.4 billion US dollars worth of goods to Africa in 2015, which represented 42 percent of total exports. Agriculture accounted for over 60 percent of total exports. 

He said Africa is a huge importer of agricultural products, in which Kenya has a competitive advantage. 

"We want to sell meat, dairy, vegetables and cereal to our African counterparts," he noted. 

Source: globaltimes.cn


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