DRCs Lubumbashi played host to Kenyan traders, led by CAS Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development Hon. Lawrence Karanja.
The Trade Mission has created an opportunity for DRC entrepreneurs to be matched to Kenyan entrepreneurs creating opportunities for benchmarking and partnerships which will play a key role in business integration and entry into DRC
Speaking when he officiated Lubumbashi leg of the Kenya-DRC Trade Mission, Vice Governor Haut Katanga Province Jean Claude Kamfora said they reaffirm their support to both local and international investors. He added that it was a great opportunity for business ideas to come to life. “We urge you to lock in deals and explore opportunities without shying away because the DRC is a land of unexplored opportunities in various sectors of the economy including here in Haut Katanga Province.”
The Trade mission was on its 8th day and had so far attracted over 2,000 local and international delegates. The objective of the mission it to showcase the trade, tourism and investment opportunities in the DRC and the Great Lakes Region.
Hon. Lawrence Karanja said, supply chains were disrupted by COVID-19 and this was invitation to the people of Africa to see how they can work and trade with each other in Africa. “The Democratic Republic of Congo is currently the sixth-leading export destination for Kenyan products in the world which include agricultural and manufactured goods, mineral fuels and oils. I am happy to inform you that trade between the two countries is set to improve”.
Jambo Jet has started direct flights from Nairobi to Goma in Eastern DRC, with two flights per week on Fridays and Mondays. In addition, Kenya Airways has also leased two Embraer 190 aircraft to Congo Airways and continues to expand its network into DRC and in neighboring countries.
Lubumbashi is served by Kenya Airways direct flights from Nairobi.