NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 14 – Kenyan and Irish companies announced new deals Thursday, as part of an Irish trade delegation programme organised by Ireland’s trade and innovation agency, Enterprise Ireland.
Over 40 global, leading Irish companies are participating on the trade mission, led by the Irish Government Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys.
The mission aims to boost Irish business presence in Kenya and further collaboration between Kenyan and Irish companies, particularly in key growth areas including; education, life sciences, construction and fin-tech.
Designer Group will open offices in Kenya and Uganda providing a platform for projects valued at up to €40m in the East African region. The Group said entry into the regional market will give them a platform to deliver upcoming projects in the region.
Designer Group have partnered with a number of East African companies to engineer, procure & construct projects ranging from utility, infrastructure, industrial and sustainable energy. Turnover is expected to reach €13m in 2019 and €25m in 2020 of which 80% is already secured.
The Group said it will be working with the local supply chain while engaging in knowledge transfer and upskilling over the coming 12 months. Designer Group is a leading international engineering solutions Group, with operations in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Africa and the United States.
Financial services firm PiPiT announce €2 million partnership with Cellulant, digital payments platform and Tawakal bank. PiPiT is a secure and private online payment platform which helps migrants transfer cash and pay bills overseas at a fraction of the cost and time taken by more traditional international payments providers.
PiPiT banking is partnering with banks in developing countries, including Kenya, to use their Collection Network to enable overseas customers to lodge money to their bank accounts back home through the UK Post Office for example. Kenyan’s living in UK can lodge cash to their home accounts with banks such as Tawakal via PiP iT in the UK (as opposed to remitting cash).
Animal nutrition manufacturer Nutribio announced an agreement worth €1.3 million per annum for the next 3 years with Norbrook East Africa. Nutribio is owned by Co-Op Animal Health Group (CAHG).
CAHG is an animal husbandry input supply company delivering solutions that improves the health and wellness of ruminants resulting in performance improvements in dairy, beef and sheep farm enterprises.
Nutribio Limited and Norbrook East Africa have agreed to a manufacturing agreement for the next 3 years with a value of approximately €1.3 million per annum. The deal will provide employment creation in both Kenya and Ireland and further scope for creation of manufacturing facilities locally, following introduction and establishment of product in the East African market.
Norbrook East Africa is a 100% owned subsidiary of Norbrook Laboratories, a leading global provider of veterinary products.
Anam Technologies expand into Kenya with new African Headquarters
On the back of significant contract wins in Africa over the past 12 months, Anam Technologies Limited has opened its Anam Africa Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya.
Working through successful global partnerships with MTN, Orange & Sinch, Anam has already secured 22 networks across 19 countries in Africa including Eqypt, Cameroon, Nigeria, Morocco and DRC. Targeted at Mobile Operators, Anam supplies Messaging solutions focused on A2P revenue growth, security & groupwide efficiencies and is a global leader in the field largely due to the company’s unique combination of Independence, Expertise, Technology & its proven track record in delivering results for clients.
Under the educational partnerships agreed between Irish and African Third Level Institutions; Trinity College Dublin have signed a partnership agreement with the International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya in the presence of Minister Humphreys. The partnerships will further enhance Trinity’s vision for deepening existing relationships, forging new networks, expanding global impact and increasing student and staff mobility opportunities.
Sub-Saharan Africa has become an increasingly important region for international student recruitment and is home to many significant emerging markets, notably Nigeria and Kenya.
Welcoming the new deals and partnerships between Kenyan and Irish companies, Irish Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys said, “I am delighted to be in Kenya for this important trade mission to strengthen trade ties between Kenya and Ireland. Kenya is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa and there are great partnership opportunities for Kenyan and Irish companies, which is very much reflected in the significant deals announced today. Irish companies are known the world over as being innovative and trusted partners and we hope to bring this ‘Irish Advantage’ to Kenya, seeing more Irish companies invest, grow and partner here.”
Also announced in Nairobi Thursday was an Irish-Kenyan consortium will begin a unique proof-of-concept project focusing on the roles of genetics and fodder in sustainable dairy farming. Granted €1m in funding by the Irish Government via its Embassy in Kenya and centred at KALRO’s Dairy Research Institute in Naivasha, the project will focus on dairy production at farm level.
A particular focus of the project will be on developing an innovation support function within KALRO Naivasha modelled on the Irish system of innovation support on farms.
The consortium is led by Irish Government agency Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority, in partnership with its Kenyan counterpart, the Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO).
Project support will be provided by Self Help Africa, Sustainable Food Systems Ireland (SFSI) and Greenfield International.