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Barcelona opens Nairobi office to boost commerce

Port of Mombasa
Port of Mombasa. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Spain’s Catalonia region has intensified its search for Kenyan business partners by opening a local office facilitating direct trade linkages.

Catalonia Trade and Investment director-in-charge of East Africa markets Robert Bach said staff at the Nairobi office has been visiting industrial Area with a view of establishing available opportunities for Catalonia-based businesses.

“We are a government agency tasked with promoting investments into the East African region and we identified Kenya as a strategic location to establish a presence for our planned East Africa expansion,” he said.

Mr Bach said Catalonia had selected three Kenyan companies whose executives will be sponsored to attend a three-day Agritech fair in Barcelona, the regional capital.

Catalan, he said is eyeing two-way investments in all the goods and services sectors via direct and joint venture investments.

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He said discussions were in high gear to introduce Spain’s popular Sangria wine product to Kenya via a joint venture between a Catalonian company with a Kenyan firm that will source for ingredients from the Catalonia for local processing.

“A Catalan-based company is also in talks with a local farmer society with a view to introducing use of drones and information technology to drive the ‘precision agriculture’ agenda,” he said.

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