Welcome to New Business Ireland Kenya Website for Irish Business Interested in deepening business relations in Kenya.

We also assist Kenyan Businesses interested in starting a business in Ireland. Read More on Membership

kenya_logo_matched 2This is an Irish – Kenya Business Network formed as part of the effort to encourage growth in trade between Kenya and Ireland, whose activities are coordinated through the Embassy of Ireland in Kenya. This network evolved organically from the Irish Business Association, which had been established originally in Kenya to serve as a business and social network.

President_Kenyatta_of_Kenya_a_Sxscn-460x280The new Embassy of Ireland in Kenya was opened In October, 2014, having been closed 26 years earlier. The responsibilities of the Embassy include the deepening of political relationships between Kenya and Ireland; the provision of consular services for approx..1500 Irish citizens living in Kenya;the provision of Information and support to Irish businesses to enable them deepen trading and economic links in Kenya and the East African region; engaging with,and reporting on security and development challenges in the region.
Ireland’s relationship with Kenya has a long history. For over a century, the Irish missionaries had a long sustained contribution to the Kenyan society.

This legacy of contribution has been supplemented in more recent years by the work of the Irish based Non-Governmental Organizations such as Tr’ocaire, Goal, and Concern Worldwide all of which work in Kenya, and are supported by the Irish Government each year by a contribution of around € 6.5 million.
The relationship is complemented by cooperation through the Irish government’s official aid programme, Irish Aid and Irish companies planning or already doing business with Kenya.

Ireland closed their embassy in Kenya in 1988 for purely economic reasons.

In the past, the priority for Ireland’s embassies in Africa was to administer the bilateral aid agreed between respective countries. However, Ireland’s new foreign policy provides for more balanced and mutually beneficial relationships.

Embassies are now required to engage in broader range of activities including development cooperation partnerships, promotion of Irish Business and establishment of mutually beneficial economic links and exchange in the arenas of sports and culture.

Ireland recognizes Kenya as being a hugely important country which has made enormous progress in advancing democracy and human development progress in the past 51 years since independence. Being the most important economy in the region, Kenya also plays a leading role in the political, monetary and economic integration of the East African Community.

For many years, Irish businesses have recognized the opportunities for deepening business relationships in Kenya and the wider region.However the growth in its population, the advancement of its development, the strength of its economy and the changing patterns of consumption in Kenya provide opportunities for the deepening of investment and trading relationships with Ireland.
An increasing number of Irish companies are doing business in Kenya as is evidenced by the growth in trade between the two countries. Trade statistics in 2014 showed that trade between Ireland and Kenya grew by 110% between 2005 and 2014, from €22 million in 2005 to €47 million in 2014. It can reasonably be expected that the volume of trade between Ireland and Kenya will considerably increase in the years ahead.

In addition, some Kenyan companies have also commenced trading with Ireland and there are real opportunities for the marketing of quality Kenyan produce in Ireland.

As part of the Government’s efforts to promote Ireland’s values and interests overseas, 8 new diplomatic missions were opened in 2014. The new Embassy in Kenya was opened in October 2014 bringing to 10 the number of Embassies Ireland now has in sub Saharan Africa.

Ireland recognises Kenya as being a very important economic centre in East Africa. It is the region’s largest economy and the country plays a very important role in regional politics and security. Ireland has longstanding relationships with Kenya lasting over 100 years.

In 2007, and recognising the good relations between our two countries, the Government of Kenya opened an Embassy in Dublin.

Many Irish missionaries and aid workers have worked in Kenya and made huge contributions to improving access to health and education services in the country.

In more recent years many Irish businesses have recognised the opportunities for strengthening trading relationships with Kenya – and for using their presence in Kenya as an entry point to other countries in the region. Some Kenyan companies have also commenced trading with Ireland.

Ireland’s new Embassy in Kenya is staffed by 3 diplomatic officers from Ireland. Together with some locally recruited staff, their responsibilities will include providing Consular Services for Irish citizens, the provision of information and supports to Irish business to enable them to deepen trading and economic links, support for some development programmes funded by Irish Aid, the promotion of Ireland’s culture and our interests and the representation of Ireland at important political meetings and events.

Ireland – Kenya

Vikki, CEO Value Added in Africa follows AGM discussionsThe Business Ireland Kenya group held its Annual General Meeting in 2016 at the Capital Club in Nairobi, Kenya. The meeting took place as a lunch-time event on Friday, 9th December, 2016. Read More…

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BIK held its quarterly breakfast meeting themed ‘Opportunities for strengthening business relationships (between Ireland and Kenya) in the area of Financial Technology (Fintech). Read more…

Africa-Ireland-economic-forum-2014-678x258pxIreland’s relationship with Africa has a long history. Even before the foundation of the Irish state, missionaries and aid workers from Ireland travelled throughout Africa and established schools and hospitals, working with the poorest in..Read more..

embassy-of-irelandIreland reopened its embassy in Kenya in October 2014, for the first time in 26 years. The embassy was closed in 1988, due to an economic recession.. Read more. . .

Ambassador-of-the-Republic-of-Kenya-MX1-2Ireland closed the embassy in 1988 for purely economic reasons — it was a period of recession in our country but our relations with Africa have since changed..Read more. . 

Irish-drinks-industry-exportsIreland reopened its embassy in Kenya in October 2014, for the first time in 26 years. The embassy was closed in 1988, due to an economic recession in Ireland. Read more. . . 

Kenya

Moses Ikiara, MD KenInvest talks about government policy on Foreign Direct Investment

The Jubilee Government has shown its commitment to growth and development by targeting  a 7-10 per cent growth rate in the first two years of the Jubilee  Government, though the present. . . Read more..

6023258397_88a2bc5c94_zThere are many reasons for one to settle and invest in Kenya; Sufficient amenities liked well stocked shopping malls, quality restaurants, HealthCare, schools, housing ..There are world-famous game parks.. Read more. . .

passport_kenyaKenyan total population is currently at about 40.5 million people, with almost half forming the working population. 90% of the population in Kenya is literate Read more. . .

KRAThe Kenyan tax system has various taxes in two forms; direct and indirect taxes, which are both collected by Kenya Revenue Authority. Read more. . .

kenyainfographicKenya became a lower middle income country, with its economy 25% larger than earlier estimated, following the rebasing of its GDP in September 2014. Read more. . .

handshakeIreland and Kenya share a long history of friendship and political co-operation which began with the establishment of Irish Missionaries centers’ in Kenya.  Read more. . .

Ireland

Minister McHugh meets BIK members & talks about areas of cooperation between Ireland and Kenya

 Minister of State Joe McHugh T.D., hosted the round-table discussions on deepening institutional and trading links between Kenya and Ireland in Agriculture & Food at BIK meeting. Read more…

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Ireland is open for business and the Government is committed to supporting export growth and encouraging inward investment.The government has placed the embassy network to promote Ireland’s.. Read more. . .

Team of business people working together on a laptopTo do business in Ireland, the investor must have knowledge of the investment environment and information on the legal, accounting and taxation framework to keep them on the right track..Read more. . .

economy-3The various sectors in Ireland include but are not limited to; Housing, Banking and Capital Markets Sector, ICT, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Horticulture,.. Read more. . .

time for taxesThe Irish tax system has various taxes in two forms; direct and indirect taxes, which are both collected by Revenue.The two major tax types are income, corporation and Value Added taxes… Read more. . .

Why Invest in Ireland

Youtube Clip by IDA on Why Invest In Ireland