Kenya and Tanzania – Visit by M. Olivier Becht (21-23 February 2023)


Olivier Becht, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade, Economic Attractiveness and French Nationals Abroad, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will visit Kenya on 21 and 22 February, and then Tanzania on 23.

During this first ministerial visit to Kenya since President Ruto was elected in August 2022, the Minister will hold meetings with members of the Kenyan Government to discuss the strengthening of cooperation between our countries, particularly in the areas of industry, health, agrifood and urban infrastructure. He will be accompanied by a delegation of businesses led by Business France and MEDEF International.

He will take part in the launch of a new Peugeot car model, assembled by Urysia, the Stellantis Group’s partner company in Kenya, and will travel to Eldoret, where he will visit the regional hospital’s mother and child care unit, which has benefited from French funding to purchase medical equipment. Finally, he will visit the company Barak Fertilizer, a fertilizer manufacturer in Kenya, and then, in Nairobi, a company from the L’Oréal Group, which has been developing strongly in Kenya since its establishment in 2015.

The Minister Delegate will take part in the EU-Kenya Business Forum and the launch of the Communauté Afrique-France Entrepreneurs, and will meet representatives of the French business community to support the strengthening of partnerships between the Kenyan private sector and the French and European private sector. Finally, he will talk to the French community.

In Tanzania, the Minister Delegate will open the EU-Tanzania Business Forum in Dar es Salaam alongside Tanzanian Vice-President Philippe Mpango, with whom he will hold a meeting on the bilateral economic relationship. He will meet representatives of the French community there and talk to members of the Tanzanian Government about the possibility of extending our cooperation projects, at a time when the country is experiencing dynamic growth.