Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed opens Kenyan Exhibition at WTO headquarters in Geneva

27 July 2015 - Kenya Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Amina Mohamed opened a Kenyan industry exhibition for foreign dignitaries during an official visit in Geneva.

The exhibition featured stands by the Kenya National Museums, Kenya Export and Promotion Council, Kenya Airways and the Kenya Tourism Board.

“This exhibition is a reinforcement of the confidence the global trade has in Kenya”, said Amb. Mohammed in her opening remarks. “We believe the development of export capacity is imperative for rapid socio-economic and sustainable development. Each of the products that you are seeing here today all have stories to tell”, she said.
Amb. Mohammed announced that Kenya’s main export destinations were Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Germany, Netherlands, Pakistan, Tanzania, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and USA.

However, Amb.  Mohammed noted that the products on exhibit still had to contend with various barriers, both tariff and non-tariff, and limitations that still pervaded the multilateral trading system.

“We are therefore proud to be part of the WTO family, through which we hope to address these constraints hopefully in Nairobi at the 10th World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference (MC10), which will take place in Nairobi later in the year”, she said.

“It is our hope that this exhibition will provide a vivid picture of our diversified production capacity and the high quality products epitomising the touch of our country, a touch of East Africa, and of course the African continent. Equally, we hope that MC10 will usher in a regime that will be more open to exports from developing countries. We are preparing for a major exhibition during MC10 and we encourage you to visit our stands. I truly look forward to welcoming you to Nairobi, to Kenya and to Africa,” she added.

Amb. Mohammed was in Geneva to attend an Information Session on the logistical preparations for the 10th World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference which will be held in Nairobi in December 2015. The conference, the biggest event in the WTO calendar, is expected to draw over 7,000 participants among them delegates, civil society representatives and the media.

During the Session, Amb. Mohamed, as chair of the upcoming MC10, updated the Permanent Representatives of WTO member states on the state of play in logistical preparations for the Conference.