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Business Sweden and the Swedish Embassy in Kenya and Uganda in cooperation with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs arranged in April 2016 a delegation to Kenya and Uganda to meet the UN and its’ implementing partners in East Africa. The purpose of the delegation was to establish networks with UN procurement officers and NGOs in the region, in addition to inform about the local conditions and requirements that Swedish companies need to follow when supplying to the UN.

The delegation included 14 Swedish companies who visited Nairobi and Turkana in Kenya, as well as Entebbe and Kampala in Uganda during four days. The visits to the major procurement hubs in Entebbe and Nairobi provided an opportunity to meet representatives from UN agencies such as UNPD, UNON, UNHCR, WFP, UNOPS, FAO and UNICEF, in addition to NGOs such as the Danish and Norwegian Refugee Councils DRC and NRC, Red Cross Kenya and International Rescue Committee (RSC). The participants also visited the already existing refugee camp Kakuma, and the envisaged refugee camp Kalobeyei, both of them located in Kenya.

As a consequence of crises such as migration flows and natural disasters, the demand for products and services to East Africa is constantly increasing. Protracted crises contributes to tougher requirements on the UN to focus on quality and lifecycle costs, opening up for Swedish companies in several areas such as ICT, energy, transport, water and hygiene, safety, waste management, protections, medicines, medical equipment, and food and nutritional products.

If you want to learn more about Business Sweden’s activities towards the UN and NGOs in East Africa, please contact us.