Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi (left), British High Commissioner Jane Marriott (center) and CAS, Lawrence Karanja (right), Chief Administrative Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Enterprise, visited the Flamingo Ibis flower farm in Timau, Meru County. [Mose Sammy, Standard]
The UK government has reaffirmed its commitment to the implementation of the recently signed UK-Kenya trade agreement.
UK High Commissioner for Kenya Jane Marriot said the UK government is keen to facilitate trade between the two countries.
The trade agreement was signed by UK Trade Minister Ranil Jayawardena and Ms. Maina in London in December to simplify business without any European Union protocols.
“Kenya has 70 percent of the UK flower market. Statistics show that every three seconds someone in the UK receives flowers from Kenya, ”she said at the Ibis farm in Timau, Meru County, where she was accompanied by Trade Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina and Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi.
“We had good trade relations with Kenya and things can only get better.”
This will allow Kenyan companies that export flowers and fresh vegetables to access the UK market duty-free and quota-free.
The High Commissioner noted that most of the flowers sold in the UK are imported from Kenya.
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Maina said Kenya made over Sh 40 billion in exports to the UK.
She said the UK market accounts for a significant proportion of Kenya’s vegetable and flower exports, noting that the deal will support Kenyans in the sectors through duty-free market access.