Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya has one of Africa's largest economies by GDP and imports $32 billion every year, making it an ideal trade partner. Photo courtesy of magicalkenya.com

East Africa Trade Mission 2019

Multi-Sector + Travel & Tourism

KENYA. RWANDA. ETHIOPIA.

 

JANUARY 20 – FEBRUARY 1, 2019

 

Upon registration, the World Trade Center Arkansas will conduct research for participating companies to determine potential business opportunities and arrange business-to-business meetings for each segment of this trade mission. Please complete the Interest Form below to begin this registration process.

13 DAYS

3 COUNTRIES

B2B MEETINGS

The Next Economic Frontier

In August 2012, a feature published by the U.N. Department of Public Information presented Africa as the world’s next economic frontier.

U.S. trade to and from Africa has tripled over the past decade and U.S. exports to sub-Saharan Africa now top $21 billion.

Africa is home to six of the ten fastest-growing countries in the world.

The International Monetary Fund projects sub-Saharan Africa to grow between 5 and 6 percent each year over the next two years.

Our East Africa Trade Mission presents the perfect opportunity for Arkansas businesses to enter into this dynamic region.

KENYA

Jan. 20 – 24
Kenya is the economic, financial, and transport hub of East Africa. Kenya’s real GDP growth has averaged over 5% for the last decade. While Kenya has a growing entrepreneurial middle class and steady growth,agriculture remains the backbone of the Kenyan economy, contributing one-third of GDP.
Tourism also holds a significant place in Kenya’s economy and in spite of political turmoil throughout the second half of 2017, tourism was up 20 percent, showcasing the strength of this sector.
*The trade mission party will return to Nairobi on January 31st for a final day of business-to-business meetings in Kenya.

The KENYA segment will feature:

LODGING AT THE SERENA NAIROBI HOTEL

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SAFARI TOUR AT MAASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE

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HISTORICAL SHIMONI SLAVE MUSEUM VISIT

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MEETINGS WITH BUSINESSES (B2B) & KENYA TOURISM BOARD

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DIANI BEACH TOURISM ASSESSMENT

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TOURISM AT WASINI ISLAND

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RWANDA

Jan. 25 – 26
Rwanda and Arkansas have a strong framework for cooperation built by the successful endeavors of global business leaders from Arkansas. These endeavors include elevating coffee farmers out of poverty, creating sustainable agriculture practices to fight the food crisis and developing human capital to fight brain drain.
Rwanda President Paul Kagame took the input of these leaders to establish business reforms, taking a strong stance to end corruption, to ensure the equal application of the rule of law and to create a beneficial tax and regulatory environment for businesses.
These reforms and the partnership with Arkansas leaders means that our state is in a favorable position to do business in Rwanda and this segment of the tourism and travel mission intends to utilize that relationship.

The RWANDA segment will feature:

LODGING AT THE SERENA KIGALI HOTEL

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SUBINYO SILVERBACK GORILLA TREKKING LODGE

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B2B MEETINGS ON MULTIPLE DAYS IN CAPITAL CITY OF KIGALI

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SCENIC DRIVE EXPERIENCE TO CAPITAL CITY

photo by john and melanie illingworth kotsopoulos

ETHIOPIA

Jan. 27 – 30
Ethiopia – the second most populous country in Africa – is a one-party state with a planned economy. For more than a decade before 2016, GDP grew at a rate between 8% and 11% annually – one of the fastest growing states among the 188 IMF member countries. This growth was driven by government investment in infrastructure, as well as sustained progress in the agricultural and service sectors. More than 70% of Ethiopia’s population is still employed in the agricultural sector, but services have surpassed agriculture as the principal source of GDP.
The banking, insurance, telecommunications, and micro-credit industries are restricted to domestic investors, but Ethiopia has attracted roughly $8.5 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI), mostly from China, Turkey, India and the EU; US FDI is $567 million. Investment has been primarily in infrastructure, construction, agriculture/horticulture, agricultural processing, textiles, leather and leather products.

The ETHIOPIA segment will feature:

LODGING AT THE GOLDEN TULIP HOTEL

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ROCK-HEWN CHURCHES OF LALIBELA

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B2B MEETINGS IN ADDIS ABABA

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MEETINGS WITH ETHIOPIAN TOURISM ORGANIZATION

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*The trade mission party will return to Nairobi on January 31st for a final day of business-to-business meetings in Kenya. Final departure will be on February 1.

Complete the interest form

below to begin registration

*This trade mission is being led by Denise Thomas, Director of Africa and Middle East Trade for the World Trade Center Arkansas. You can email your comments and questions to Denise by clicking here.