Kenya To Host Two Major International Conferences

Kenya is set to play host to several international meetings in the coming weeks and months.

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12. Jun 2024
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Kenya To Host Two Major International Conferences

The Cabinet chaired by President Willaim Ruto on Tuesday approved the hosting of the two major conferences; the Blueinvest Africa Forum in July 2024 and the World Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) in August 2024. 

“The hosting of these two conferences further advances the realisation of our nation’s foreign policy objectives with climate change adaptation and the health of oceans and seas (blue economy) as key cornerstones of our diplomacy” read a despatch from Cabinet.

Additionally, Kenya will celebrate World Kiswahili Day with East African Community (EAC) Member States from July 5-7, 2024, highlighting the cultural significance of language.

Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) Chief Executive Officer James Mwaura welcomed the government's initiative to position Kenya as a premier Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) destination. 

Mr. Mwaura noted that hosting these major events will improve Kenya's ranking as a preferred MICE destination.

"The MICE sector is a key contributor to Kenya’s economic growth as laid out in the Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA). The sector plans to increase international MICE visitors from 110,000 in 2015 to one million by 2030, raising MICE earnings from Ksh. 17 billion (approximately USD 157 million) in 2015 to Ksh. 40 billion (approximately USD 370 million) by 2030," noted Mwaura on Wednesday. 

This comes in the backdrop Kenya's successful hosting of significant events such as the continent’s inaugural Africa Climate Summit, the Africa Heads of State Summit in support of the Twenty-First (21st) Replenishment of the Resources of the International Development Association (IDA21), and African Development Bank (AfDB) Group Annual Meeting, 

According to the International Congress and Conventions Association (ICCA), Kenya ranked third in Africa in 2023, a significant leap from ninth place in 2022. South Africa led with 98 conferences, Rwanda was second with 32, and Kenya hosted 21.

Mr. Mwaura emphasized that such summits and events are crucial for raising Kenya’s visibility and attracting more MICE business.

Kenya's progress is evident in the ICCA report, which analysed over 10,000 meetings. Globally, Kenya climbed to the 58th position in 2023 from 80th in 2022, while Nairobi rose to the 111th position from 292nd based on the global tally of meetings held. 

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