Business networks and contacts in Kenya

Whatever your international business plans, you need the right contacts to carry them through. The missions can help you with that.

Contacts and networks

Are you looking for specific business contacts abroad? It's not always easy to find reliable agents, customers or partners, especially when trying to do so from the Netherlands. Staff members at our embassies are there for you. They know the local players, networks and markets, and can overcome the language and cultural barriers.

You can ask for a business partner scan to give you insight into local market opportunities.

If you're looking for innovative partners in Europe, you can also try the Enterprise Europe Network.

Arranging introductions

Knowing which people match your ambitions is one thing. Getting in touch with them is another. Embassy staff often have easier access to the right people. They can highlight your company or organisation and introduce you to interested parties. They also organise seminars and events to put you in touch with potential partners. In certain cases you can also use mission facilities to organise activities.

Trade missions, trade fairs and partnerships

Taking part in a trade mission (perhaps with a minister or state secretary) or joint trade fair (website in Dutch) exhibit is a good way to expand your network at home and abroad. And you can benefit from the collective spotlight and promotional pull of the Netherlands.

If you want to enter a foreign market with a group of businesses and knowledge institutions, the Partners for International Business (PIB) programme can help (website in Dutch). Contact the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) for more information.

Business networks and contacts in this country or region

If you are an entrepreneur in Kenya, it is always wise to keep informed on missions, fairs and events that are organised by the Dutch Embassy. All missions, fairs and events are shared by the Embassy on social media.

Both for Dutch companies and entrepreneurs there exist different opportunities to meet new people and access the business environment:

- The Netherlands Business Network in Kenya

The Netherlands Business Network (NBNK) was established in 2015 as a place where both Dutch companies and their Kenyan counterparties with direct links to the Netherlands can meet and exchange information. The aim is to strengthen the Dutch business presence in Kenya as whole. Information on the NBNK can be obtained trough the economic department of the Embassy at nai-ea@minbuza.nl.

- The Netherlands Business Hub

Established in 2015, the Netherlands Business Hub facilitates economic and business interests between the Netherlands and East-Africa. Dutch, Kenyan and East-African companies interested in joining this Hub are invited to contact the Netherlands Business Hub Nairobi: info@nlbusinesshub.com

- Sustainable Inclusive Business

SIB (sustainable inclusive business) is the knowledge center for sustainable inclusive business in Kenya.

- Netherlands Senior Experts
The Netherlands Senior Experts (PUM). They connect entrepreneurs in developing countries and emerging markets with senior experts from the Netherlands who gained at least 30 years of experience in a business environment. These senior experts voluntarily devote their knowledge to execute short-term, solid consultancy projects on the work floor. If you are interested in their services you could contact the local PUM representative in Kenya: Ms. Annemiek van den Berg; Email: pumannemieke@gmail.com

Kenya Government Agencies

- Kenya Investment Authority – assists companies in setting up their business in Keny
- Export Promotion Council (EPC) – the EPC primary objective is to address bottlenecks facing exporters and producers of export goods and services in order to increase the performance level of the export sector. It also provides a forum for dialogue between the exporting fraternity and relevant public and private sector institutions and organizations through Sectoral Panels.
- Kenya National Chamber of Commerce Industry (KNCCI) - is a non-profit, autonomous, private sector institution and membership based organization.
- Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA) - for the promotion and facilitation of export-oriented investment and the development of an enabling environment for such investment.
- Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) - is a government parastatal that administers Intellectual Property rights.
- Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) - The Authority is charged with the responsibility of collecting revenue on behalf of the Government of Kenya.

Private Sector Organizations

- Federation of Kenyan Employers (FKE) – it is the employers’ organization in advocacy, industrial relations, employment laws and related value-add services through management, consultancy and training. FKE has been representing employers; interest both locally and internationally since 1959.
- Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) - KEPSA as the apex body of the private sector in Kenya comprises of all organized Business Associations big and small and gives room to many corporate organizations who are also direct members beyond being part of their primary associations. KEPSA is not aligned and non-political and is all inclusive. Its membership is diverse with big investors and micro investors alike.
- Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) -  it is the representative organization for manufacturing value-add industries in Kenya
Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK) - trade Association representing growers, exporters and service providers in the horticulture industry.  FPEAK provides a focal and coordination point for the horticulture export industry.
- Kenya Flower Council (KFC) - is a voluntary association of independent growers and exporters of cut-flowers and ornamentals, formed in 1996, with the aim of fostering responsible and safe production of cut flowers in Kenya with due consideration of workers welfare and protection of the environment.
- The Eastern Africa Association - exists to support the business activities of its members in the countries covered by providing channels of communication and lobbying on common issues, either through the various diplomatic missions, the international financial institutions or directly with the respective national government.