By Ben Oduor
500 Chinese companies are expected to showcase their products during the China Trade Week exhibition set to take place between 13th and 20th June at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), Nairobi.
The trade fair, currently in its fourth consecutive run in Kenya, will seek to connect Chinese manufacturing companies with the local and regional sourcing and purchasing professionals, with some of the high-end manufacturers looking to use the opportunity to develop long-term relations with buyers.
According to a statement from MIE Events, the expo’s organizer, this year’s edition will split industries across two phases.
The first phase, set to be hosted between 13th and 15th June, will feature companies dealing in building and construction materials, HVAC, lighting, water & environmental treatment, furniture & interior, textiles and PPP, while the second phase will see firms dealing in consumer goods, automobile & spare parts, electrical, Information Technology and agriculture showcase their products between 18th and 20th June.
While the event has been successful in various countries including Iran, United Arab Emirates and Ethiopia among others, MIE Events notes that China Trade Week Kenya (CTW Kenya) is the only comprehensive China –focused trade event to be hosted in the country, showcasing quality Chinese products from a variety of industries.
“Kenya is the most developed economy in Eastern Africa and also the economic, commercial and logistics hub of the entire region. The China-Kenya economic cooperation and trade in various fields has gained momentum over the years, and it is the very reason why we are holding the China Trade Week in Nairobi for the fourth time,” said David Wang, Managing Director at MIE Events.
CTW Kenya event aims to attract professional buyers in retail, wholesale, distribution and import/export business as well as entrepreneurs eyeing China as a business location. For first time attendees, a conference has been developed during the event to give background information about China and how to trade effectively with the Asian country.