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Press release - January 2017

UK launches new British Chamber of Commerce Kenya coastal branch in Mombasa

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The British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, this evening formally launched a new Coastal Chapter of the British Chamber of Commerce Kenya (BCCK) at an event in Mombasa.

The BCCK promotes trade links between Kenya and Great Britain. Now in its fourth year of operations, the Chamber represents over 200 members, from FTSE 100 companies down to individual consultants. Its membership includes some of the largest tax payers in Kenya, and as a whole provides employment to more than 200,000 people in the country.

The new Mombasa Chapter will represent, support and advocate on behalf of British business in the Coastal region across a wide range of sectors including Tourism, Agri Business, Shipping, Infrastructure and Transport. The UK Government is investing heavily in the region, with around Ksh 10bn aimed at creating jobs, developing infrastructure and strengthening the investment climate at the Coast.

Speaking at the event, British High Commissioner Nic Hailey said: We want to see more links between UK and Kenyan business; more partnerships, more jobs, and a better business environment.

The launch of the BCCK at the Coast will provide a further platform for UK and Kenyan companies to work together; forming partnerships, sharing innovation and building prosperity in the region.

The launch follows UK PM Theresa May’s ‘Global Britain’ speech, in which she outlined her plan to more actively seek trade deals for the UK beyond the borders of the EU.

Mr Hailey went on to announce the opening of a new UK Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Mombasa. The new facility will provide an additional option to the VAC already operating in Nairobi, extending the range of UK Visa services offered to customers across Kenya. Source here.

 

UK opens British Chamber of Commerce office in Mombasa

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British government  has opened a British Chamber of Commerce Kenya (BCCK) office in Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa in a move aimed at boosting trade links between the two countries.

The  Mombasa Chapter will represent, support and advocate on behalf of British business in Kenya’s coastal region in sectors including Tourism, Agri Business, Shipping, Infrastructure and Transport. UK Government is investing heavily in the region, with around Ksh 10bn aimed at creating jobs, developing infrastructure and strengthening the investment climate at the Coast.

Now in its fourth year of operations, the Chamber represents over 200 members, from FTSE 100 companies down to individual consultants. Its membership includes some of the largest tax payers in Kenya, and as a whole provides employment to more than 200,000 people in the country.

Speaking at the event held at English Point Marina  ,British High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey said: “We want to see more links between UK and Kenyan business; more partnerships, more jobs, and a better business environment. The launch of the BCCK at the Coast will provide a further platform for UK and Kenyan companies to work together; forming partnerships, sharing innovation and building prosperity in the region”

This launch follows UK PM Theresa May’s ‘Global Britain’ speech, in which she outlined her plan to more actively seek trade deals for the UK beyond the borders of the EU.

Mr Hailey also announced the opening of a new UK Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Mombasa which will provide additional option to the VAC  Nairobi office.

BCCK launch of Coast chapter in Mombasa

  • Kenya-UK ties look up post-Brexit: British High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey is optimistic that Kenya will significantly benefit from trade deals with UK as soon as the country exits from the European Union (EU). Hailey, while addressing the business community on Tuesday, during the official launch of a branch of the new British Chamber of Commerce Kenya (BCCK) in Mombasa, said Kenya-UK trade relationship will be bolstered by Brexit. He stated that restrictions that came with membership in a trade bloc like the EU barred the country from entering into lucrative deals with like-minded countries/People Daily (Mediamax)
  • UK announces Sh10bn deal to boost infrastructure, tourism in Coast: The United Kingdom government has announced a Sh10 billion investment deal in the Coast aimed at developing infrastructure, creating jobs and strengthening the investment climate. British High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey said the UK had ploughed Sh9 billion into infrastructure projects to boost trade and tourism and attract new investments in the region. He added that among the major projects being supported by his government are the construction of the Moi International Airport road in Mombasa’s mainland to address traffic congestion on the key road/Daily Nation
  • UK envoy promises better deals for Kenyan products: The United Kingdom has said it will have a free hand to sign better deals with Kenya once it completes its exit from the European Union. UK High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey said that without the restrictions that go with membership to a trading bloc like the EU, Britain would negotiate “better and lucrative” agricultural produce deals with Kenya/Business Daily
  • Britain promises better deals with Kenya after EU exit: The United Kingdom has said it will have a free hand to sign better deals with Kenya once it completes its exit from the European Union. UK High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey said that without the restrictions that go with membership to a trading bloc like the EU, Britain would negotiate “better and lucrative” agricultural produce deals with Kenya. Anxiety has been growing in Kenya over the future partnership with the UK, one of the top exports market for its mainly agricultural exports/Daily Nation
  • UK launches new British Chamber of Commerce Kenya coastal branch in Mombasa: The British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, this evening formally launched a new Coastal Chapter of the British Chamber of Commerce Kenya (BCCK) at an event in Mombasa. The BCCK promotes trade links between Kenya and Great Britain. Now in its fourth year of operations, the Chamber represents over 200 members, from FTSE 100 companies down to individual consultants. Its membership includes some of the largest tax payers in Kenya, and as a whole provides employment to more than 200,000 people in the country. The new Mombasa Chapter will represent, support and advocate on behalf of British business in the Coastal region across a wide range of sectors including Tourism, Agri Business, Shipping, Infrastructure and Transport. The UK Government is investing heavily in the region, with around Ksh 10bn aimed at creating jobs, developing infrastructure and strengthening the investment climate at the Coast/Myza
  • UK to negotiate better trade deals with Kenya after Brexit: Kenya should expect better deals with the United Kingdom once the country completes the process of exiting from the European Union, UK High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey has said. Hailey said with reduced restrictions that come with membership in a trade bloc like the EU, Britain would negotiate better and lucrative agricultural produce deals with Kenya/GloriaNews
  • UK launch British Chamber of Commerce Kenya Coastal Branch: The British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, will formally launch a new Coastal Chapter of the British Chamber of Commerce Kenya (BCCK) on Tuesday 24th January in Mombasa. The launch will enable the Chamber to represent, support and advocate on behalf of British businesses at the Coast; providing a further platform to foster partnerships, share innovation and contribute to the prosperity of the region. The British Chamber of Commerce promotes trade links between Kenya and Great Britain. It represents a range of businesses from FTSE 100 companies to individual consultants across the full range of sectors. It currently has around 200 members, until now mostly based out of Nairobi/Coastweek
  • Kenya’s trade with UK to rise post-Brexit: Kenya will be among the biggest beneficiaries of Britains exit from the 27-member European Union, the countrys envoy said on Tuesday, pledging stronger trade ties post-Brexit. British High Commissioner to Kenya Nic Hailey said the exit, to be finalised in two years from June 2016, will give the UK a free-hand to negotiate more openly with its trading partners. He said this might be a win big for Kenya as it will be among the first countries to be given priority. He spoke in Mombasa after launching a Coastal Chapter of the British Chamber of Commerce Kenya. The volume of trade between Kenya and the UK is in excess of Sh133 billion per year, which Hailey said is set to increase/The Star
  • UK opens visa application centre in Mombasa: The British High Commission has opened a new visa application centre in Mombasa to offer services to customers at the Coast. British High Commissioner Nic Hailey made the announcement in Mombasa as tourism officials requested the UK government to review its rules to enable frequent business travellers get long-term visas. Previously, people from the coastal counties of Mombasa, Kwale, Taita Taveta, Kilifi, Tana River and Lamu had to travel to Nairobi to seek visas to travel to the UK/Business Daily
  • UK Visas & Immigration launches a new Visa Application Centre in Mombasa: On Monday 19 September 2016, UK Visas and Immigration’s global commercial partner for UK visa services, TLScontact, will open a Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Mombasa. This is a new centre, in addition to the TLScontact VAC already operating in Nairobi, and its launch will extend the range of services we offer to customers across Kenya, including increased access to premium and priority products. UK visa customers will continue to complete their applications and pay their visa fee online at Visa4UK before choosing an appointment at one of the TLS contact VACs in Kenya/Africa Newsroom (Published in Sept 2016)
  • Relief for coast residents as UK opens visa centre in Mombasa: The British High Commission has opened a new visa application centre in Mombasa to offer services to customers in the coastal region.  British High Commissioner Nic Hailey made the announcement in Mombasa as tourism officials requested the UK government to review its rules to enable frequent business travelers to get long-term visas/Daily Nation 
  • Nic Hailey ; UK set to negotiate new economic ties with Kenya following Brexit British High Commissioner Nic Hailey says his country is set to negotiate new economic ties with Kenya following Brexit. Speaking in Mombasa at the Launch of the British chamber of Commerce Kenya he said his country is free to sign trade agreement that will boost trade relations between Kenya and UK/CapitalFM (Radio)
  • UK envoy launches Visa Center in Mombasa. Coastal residents seeking to travel to the UK will not need to travel to Nairobi to obtain a British Visa. This follows a launch of the United Kingdom Visa Center in Mombasa by the British High Commissioner Nic Hailey/NTV



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