IREN to host the 15th Trade and Culture Fair in Kakamega

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The Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) is gearing up to host the 15th Bukura Trade and Culture Exhibition at the Golf Hotel in Kakamega town on 28th and 29th November 2019.

The two-day event is organized in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, and aims at catalyzing productivity, increasing market access and promoting the cultural economy of Kenya’s Lake Region.

The theme of the exhibition will be “Show, Connect, Trade and Grow,” and revolve around trade and exhibition of products by corporates and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

It will also include a showcase of indigenous foods from Western Kenya, a showcase of smart innovations in agribusiness dubbed the ‘IREN Technologies and Innovations Platform Expo 2019’ as well as thematic discussions around the topics of innovation by SMEs and the gig economy as the future of work.

Some of the innovations that will be exhibited at the mega-event include smart solutions in finance, security, labour enhancement, markets and big data.

The event will also feature traditional dances and music entertainment from Western Kenya.

“There is need to navigate the interplay between culture, business and emerging trends in an inclusive manner to improve living standards in Africa,” said Mr. James Shikwati, Director of Inter Region Economic Network and IREN.

IREN has hosted 14 Trade and Cultural Fairs that have involved farmers and traders with enterprises along different agricultural value chains, corporate companies and individuals.

The culture and trade fete has featured Agribusiness Enterprise Exhibition, Culinary Arts Competition, Cultural Show, Music and Dances Competition and Sports.

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