Washington DC: The Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (PGCEDC) recently concluded a successful trade mission to Nairobi, Kenya. This mission underscores the expanding U.S.-Kenya Strategic Trade and Investment Partnership, emphasizing the deepening ties between the two regions and spotlighting opportunities for businesses of all scales.
The mission, open to a spectrum of industries within Prince George’s County’s purview, focused on aiding small to midsize enterprises. This comes at a pivotal time when the United States is bolstering its resources to foster trade and investment in Kenya.
The US-Kenya strategic trade and investment partnership, unveiled in July 2022, demonstrates the deepening commitment of both countries to nurture their economic ties. Martin U. Ezemma, PGCEDC Director of International Business Development, led the delegation, which comprised various business leaders and council members from Prince George’s County.
The trip accentuated the significance of forming relationships and channeling investments in Africa. The group also took a moment to appreciate the Kenyan embassy and the ambassador for their collaboration throughout the mission.
The delegation had the privilege to engage with U.S. Ambassador Meg Whitman. They contemplated strengthening business associations between Prince George’s County and Kenya. Local firms were also paired with their counterparts from Prince George’s County, aided by a State of Maryland consultant in Nairobi. Moreover, the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Services division facilitated essential business-to-business meetings through its Gold Key Service.
The feedback from the mission’s participants was overwhelmingly positive.
One of the attendees commented, “From my standpoint, it was an outstanding trip.” While the plethora of business opportunities was a significant highlight, participants also appreciated the cultural exposure and the chance to network with fellow business leaders from Prince George’s County.
Another participant noted the importance of securing funding to realize the identified business opportunities. “Speaking of funding… an information session would be an excellent follow-up to our trip,” they added.
The overarching sentiment from the delegation was gratitude towards the organizing entities and optimism for future business ventures.
Jamal I. Miller, Managing Partner of Harambee International Business, expressed his optimism in assisting attendees in turning connections made into actual commerce activity.
Those interested in exploring more about the international opportunities available through the PGCEDC, are encouraged to visit their official website: https://www.pgcedc.com/international-business-unit