Dutch companies leverage on Kenya’s potential in port development

17 Dutch companies have arrived in Kenya to explore various partnership and investment opportunities in port development and the blue economy.

The one-week business mission which is themed “Partnering for sustainable solutions” is part of the Dutch efforts to strengthen the trade and investment relationship between Kenya and the Netherlands.

Speaking at the event to kick start the activities of the Trade Mission on Port Development, Ambassador Maarten Brouwer noted that the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will champion the development of a Cool Logistics Corridor since it is a strategic project that will catalyze Kenya’s economic development. 

“ The Netherlands remains among Kenya’s top trade and investment partners. Kenyan exports to
Netherlands have more than doubled over the last 10 years to stand at Kshs 69.7 billion in 2022. I am
happy to note that during the first 6 months of this year, Kenyan exports to the Netherlands are at
nearly Kshs 40 billion, a sign of continuing growth.” Said Amb. Brouwer.

For Kenya to firmly position herself are the regional trading hub, there is need for the development of
the cool logistics corridor that will connect Kenya to the rest of the world.

Sea freight will provide fewer degree hours than for example air freight and fewer moments of stress to products. For instance, flowers that are correctly transported by sea are ultimately of better quality and have a longer shelf life throughout the entire chain.
Secondly, the logistics sector is moving towards carbon neutral practices. Sea freight export holds
great opportunity in supporting this green transition as carbon emissions are up to 80% lower for sea
freight compared to airfreight.

He applauded the Kenyan Government for prioritizing the development and improvements of the logistics infrastructure, adding that this will facilitate the transportation of fresh

The mission also aims at stimulating private sector investments in the full logistics chain.

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