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Kenya: Ireland Exports to Kenya Increase to Sh10 Billion

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Friday, 17 June 2016

Kenya: Ireland Exports to Kenya Increase to Sh10 Billion

The volume of trade between Kenya and Ireland has jumped by 40 per cent to Sh10 billion, driven by imports of heavy port machines and alcoholic drinks. This is the biggest increase in percentage of imports to Kenya by any country recorded over the last two years. But trade was heavily tilted towards Ireland with the European Union member country benefiting from imports of machines to build the new container terminal at the Port of Mombasa. This included cranes and other machinery. The terminal has increased the port's capacity by 50 per cent and was handed over to the sector authority this year. Ireland is home to Guinness and Jameson Whisky brands, which are popular in Kenya. According to Irish Ambassador to Kenya, Mr Vincent O'Neill, Kenyan exporters sold mostly agricultural products to the European Union member. These included tea, flowers, coffee and French beans.

Source: allafrica.com