NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s trade lobby group said on Friday that its
officials will travel to China next month to submit its bid to
host the 12th World Chamber Congress as one of six
candidates alongside Ethiopia, Oman, Iran, Jordan and Dubai.
The Kenya National
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) said if the bid is
successful, the congress will present a rare opportunity for
local investors to share a platform and create networks with
leading business leaders from across the world.
Executive Officer Angela Ndambuki said the event presents a
once-in-a-lifetime networking opportunity for Kenyan investors
to interact and form partnerships with other business leaders
from around the world.
The bid has already
received the endorsement by President Uhuru Kenyatta as well as
the Council of Governors and is currently seeking backing from
the public and private sector ahead of the physical bid on April
In his endorsement,
Kenyatta said Nairobi as Kenya’s capital city boasts of being
the only city in the world with a national park and that has in
the recent past been selected to host several international
“Nairobi also hosts
the headquarters of many United Nations institutions and
international companies. It would, therefore be an ideal
location ... for the congress business,” Kenyatta said.
According to the
KNCCI, a successful bid by Kenya would lead to Africa hosting
the first congress which has previously been hosted in France,
South Korea, Canada, South Africa, Turkey, Malaysia, Mexico,
Qatar, Italy with Brazil set to host the 2019 congress in Rio de
Janeiro from 12-14 June 2019.
World Chamber Congress is a valuable and dynamic forum
facilitating the exchange of real-world ideas and best practices
on both chamber and business activities with the potential to
bring thousands of attendees representing 14,000 chambers from
over 100 countries to Nairobi.