On his recent visit to Nairobi, Kenya, MIE Events, Managing Director, David Wang met with a number of local and prominent Chinese businessmen over dinner at the New Jiang Su Restaurant in Westlands, one of Nairobi’s most frequented Chinese restaurants. Apart from sharing some traditional Chinese hospitality it was valuable to gain an insight into the role of Chinese business in Kenya and the wider East Africa region as well as discuss the upcoming China Trade Week Exhibition to be hosted at the KICC from July1st-3rd this year.
There were 10 local businessmen and women assembled including representatives from Fubeco (Building and Construction), China Radio International (Media), Chinese Huangpai (Agricultural Equipment), GMMG (Media). In addition and most importantly there was representation from the Kenya Overseas Chinese Association in the form of Mr. Guo Wenchang, (Chairman) and Mr Gao Wei (Secretary General) who were able to share their thoughts on both their business and personal experiences of Kenya.
From Left to Right: Mr. Gao Wei, Secretary General (Kenya Overseas Chinese Association), David Wang, Managing Director, (MIE Events), Mr Guo Wenchang, Chairman (Kenya Overseas Chinese Association)
Mr. Guo Wenchang commented, “Today there are over 20,000 Chinese nationals living and working in Kenya, of which most own and operate a wide variety of successful businesses ranging from Business consulting, Tourism, Construction, Construction materials, Construction plant and machinery, Automotive parts and vehicles, Media, Hospitality, Agricultural equipment, Farming, Engineering, IT, Alternative energy, Oil & Gas, Consumer product import/wholesale, Packaging and printing plus many more.”
“Most of us have been living in Kenya for as much as 20 years and now consider Kenya our home. It is in Kenya that we have brought up our families, built our homes and established successful businesses. Life is good here and we have no intention to leave Kenya. There are many business opportunities in Kenya and East Africa for those that are willing to take a chance and work hard. We feel very safe here in Kenya and like with anywhere you live you simply have to be aware of any risks and plan your life accordingly. It’s not different here to China or any other part of the world. The Kenyan government is very committed to keeping its citizens and residents safe and secure and they are doing a great job. You only have to travel around the various, government buildings, public spaces, shopping malls and hotels to realize how seriously they take it. Besides there is nowhere in the world that you can say you are 100% safe! Sadly the events that unfolded recently in Paris, France illustrate this point! “
“As regards Ebola, whilst the prospect of it is very frightening the reality is that Ebola only exists about 6000kms away in small area in the far west of Africa ,so it is no issue for us based in the far eastern part of Africa. Africa is a very big continent!”
Mr. Wang, MIE Events, Managing Directed said, "It's so nice to meet Chinese people in Kenya who really made a huge success in their business and personal lives here. I'm so glad I had the chance to see and discuss with them their thoughts and experiences and for considering China Trade Week as a new business opportunity in Kenya. We are looking forward to hosting many Chinese business people at our event later this year."