Answers to your questions on doing business in Kenya

Once your plans are more specific, the embassy network will be happy to provide you with information tailored to your situation or project. It can also support you if you lack international business experience.

Personal answers to your questions on doing business

You've decided what market you want to target, but have questions about your project. Contact the mission in the country in question. They will be happy to help and can provide you with the information you need. They can tell you more about market sectors, rules and regulations, the business climate and other relevant issues.

If you're still exploring and comparing markets, contact the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl). They can arrange an advisory consultation.

Coaching for international starters

RVO.nl offers coaching for businesses with little or no experience of doing business abroad. Starters in International Business helps you develop an international strategy in three steps, so you can identify your opportunities abroad.

More information

For more information, contact an RVO.nl adviser or a representative of the embassy network in the country you want to do business in.

Your questions about doing business in this country or region

The economic cluster at the Embassy functions as the addressing point for the Dutch business community. We do our best to answer the questions that come in via email, telephone or otherwise within 5 working days. Besides answering questions, we would like to point out the following instruments to all Dutch entrepreneurs.  

  • Buisiness partnerscan: a paid service provided by Netherlands Enterprise Agency (NEA): you receive a list with relevant business contacts..
  • PIB (Partners for International Business) by NEA. This is a longer term program to support consortia within a market/ sector combination.  
  • Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF)
  • Develop2Build en Drive
  • Finally, there is a vast networls for entrepreneurs in Kenya of relevant organisations / incubators / NGOs / specific sectorale networks / and supporting companies.

Other Dutch business instruments

The Dutch government provides the following instruments to encourage business cooperation between Kenya and the Netherlands:

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. Upon clearly defined request of company/organization, a PUM’s expert offers his/her skills and experience to support the company/organisation. PUM projects are intensive and generally take two to three weeks. I fou are interested in their services you could contact the local PUM representative in Kenya.
Nairobi – Ms. Annemiek van den Berg
Tel +254 (0)733 605439
Email: pumannemieke@gmail.com

Centre for Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI)
The CBI supports Kenyan exporters in exporting to the EU. In order to accomplish its mission CBI concentrates on five core competencies. These are: 1) market knowledge 2) product and production improvement 3) quality control 4) export marketing and management  5) market entry

Tailor Made Training
The NFP Tailor-Made Training programme (TMT) specifically aims to improve the overall functioning of organizations by training selected groups of employees. A Tailor-Made Training is designed to meet the specific needs of the requesting organization. A Tailor-Made Training course has a maximum budget of € 200.000.

Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF)

This facility is designed for a Food & Business Knowledge Agenda that aims to enhance documentation, production, sharing and application of knowledge relevant to achieve food security and private sector development in the partner countries of Dutch development cooperation. For more information, visit the website of WOTRO.  

Agribusiness Development

The Embassy contributes to agricultural development in Kenya by promoting, facilitating and supporting agro-economic cooperation in various sectors (including floriculture, horticulture, aquaculture, dairy, meat and potatoes). Below you can find some examples of business instruments and programs and per sector.

You can also find more information on specific business instruments and programs here:

  • Agriculture and food- including more detailed information on the activities of the Embassy to increase food security
  • Agroberichten buitenland - a page updated by the agricultural team with information on the latest developments, market studies, events and export and import regulations.
  • Akvo - a page with concrete information on the diverse programs sponsored by the Embassy and their achievements.

Horticulture

The Embassy supports GreenFarming – a Dutch consortium promoting the development of the horticulture industry through:

  • Demonstration Project ‘Climate Management in African Greenhouses’.
  • Solar powered greenhouses
  • Demonstration Project: Water management in Kenyan horticulture
  • Growing Solutions Kenya

They develop high-quality, locally-constructed greenhouses and support packages (inputs, finance, technical assistance, market access) to assist Kenyan SME vegetable farmers to increase their income and productivity. Latia Farm in Isinya is host of various greenhouses for demonstration. The main goals are to increase production/m2, reduce input per kg of produce, increase farmer knowledge and promote environment-friendly horticultural practices.

Seed Potato Development in Kenya 

Kenya Netherlands Seed potato project, which is a public-private partnership between Kenyan and Dutch potato  stakeholders aimed to contribute to an improved availability of good quality seed potatoes in Kenya and improving the value chain.

More Questions

Would you like more information, do you have questions or do you have ideas you would like to share? Kindly contact NEA directly or send an email to the economic cluster via: nai-ea@minbuza.nl and for specific agricultural questions to: nai-lnv@minbuza.nl