PHD Chamber organised an Interactive Session on Doing Business with Kenya and Rwanda on July 17, 2014 at PHD House, New Delhi.
H.E. Florence Imisa Weche, High Commissioner of Kenya to India and H.E. Ernest Rwamucyo, High Commissioner of Rwanda to India were present on the occasion to address the members. They were accompanied by Ms Judith Ngunia, Counsellor (Political), Kenya High Commission and Mr Mucyo Rutishisha, Second Counsellor, Rwanda High Commission.
Dr J S Juneja, Former Chairman, International Affairs Committee for Africa, PHD Chamber, while welcoming the guests, spoke about the tremendous potential for enhancement of bilateral trade between India and East Africa and mentioned that there is lack of exposure on how to partner with each other for long term cooperation.
"India needs to renew its business relations with the East African countries with deeper interest, and offer development assistance to Kenya and Rwanda in the form of loans and credit," he emphasised.
H.E. Mrs Florence Imisa Weche, High Commissioner of Kenya, stressed that India and Kenya historically share cordial relations and with the new Indian government in place, new pinnacle of economic cooperation could be achieved between both the countries.
"India could collaborate with Kenya in the solar energy sector specifically for solar panels. India can help Kenya by sharing its medical expertise, particularly diagnostic centres. Kenya has a fairly large Indian population, mostly those who came to East Africa to work on the railroad, this contributes to close links between the two countries," she said.
H.E. Mr Ernest Rwamucyo, High Commissioner of Rwanda to India focussed on speedy visa clearances and ease in setting up of business in Rwanda.
"India and East Africa are separated only by the Indian Ocean and India should take advantage of the similarities that India and Africa share - rich and diverse natural resources, similar demography, use of English, similar family values and cultural ties, and continuity," he added.