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Kenyan Innovations shine as the 22nd EAC MSMEs Trade Fair comes to a close.

The 22nd EAC MSMEs Trade Fair came to a close on 18th December 2022. The trade fair brought over 1000 MSEs from the East African Community partner states to enhance market access, network with fellow participants and aggressively market their goods and services beyond EAC, in the spirit of embracing the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to foster intra-African trade.

The closing ceremony was officiated by First Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of East African Community Affairs in Uganda Hon. James Magode Ikuya who observed that the trade fair was an indication of the region’s citizens’ long-standing and now quickly expanding brotherly bonds and networks. “Micro, Small and medium-sized entrepreneurs across East Africa at this Trade Fair has filled me with admiration. Their innovation, commitment, perseverance and passion inspire me greatly,” he added

First Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of East African Community Affairs in Uganda Hon. James Magode Ikuya and representatives of East African Community Institutions and organs addressing the audience

During the ceremony, East African Community Institutions and organs East African Court of Justice, East African Science and Technology Commission, East African Community Civil Aviation Safety and Security Oversight Agency, East African Kiswahili Commission and East African Community Lake Victoria Basin Commission Secretariat also had an interactive session with the exhibitors and attendees on their mandates in supporting regional integration.

First Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of East African Community Affairs in Uganda Hon. James Magode Ikuya and representatives of East African Community Institutions and organs addressing the audience

Sharon Cherotich of Shariez Handmade, Brian Bhukhala of NEOEng Limited and Charity Wanjiru of Hoftor Macadamia Nuts received awards for the best 3 innovative products from Kenya at the 22nd EAC MSMEs Trade Fair along with Kenyan judges at the EAC Edward Munoru and Patricia Mwende. The 23rd EAC MSMEs Trade Fair will be held in the Republic of Burundi.

Best Kenyan innovators and judges feted at the closing ceremony

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