Kenya Participates in the Source Africa Trade Event, Cape Town, South Africa
The Export Promotion Council (EPC) facilitated Kenya’s participation in the Source Africa Trade Event held on the 18th to 20th June 2014 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). EPC collaborated with the University of Nairobi (Departments of Engineering & Manufacturing, Industrial Chemistry and School of the Arts &
Kenya Stand at the Show
Design), the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI) and the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) to develop new products in textiles, apparels, leather; paintings, sculpture, furniture, detergents, body care, shoe polishes, creams, metal and ceramics.
Some of the products developed under this Product Development Programme, namely textiles, apparels and leather; were Test marketted at the Source Africa 2014 Event which offered an excellent opportunity for manufacturers from Kenya to meet and network with African, United States of America, European Union, Canadian and Asian apparel, textile and footwear chain store buyers, mini-chains, independent retailers, agents, importers, service providers, manufacturers and other important industry decision makers - all under one roof.
Impressive attendance
This year’s Source Africa trade event attracted 1178 trade visitors and 214 exhibitors from 18 countries including Botswana, Cameroun, Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, Hong Kong, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, USA & Zimbabwe.  The EPC stand displayed a wide range of apparels, textile bags, leather bags, shoes, scarves, leather gift items, amongst others.
EPC partnered with Design professionals from the School of the Arts and Design of the University of Nairobi (UoN) to develop the stand display concept and product catalogue shown below.

ImageThe Kenya Embassy in South Africa assisted in the preparations and was well represented at the fair. The Deputy High Commissioner, Ms Hellen Gichuhi visited the Kenya stand and commended EPC’s support which enabled Kenya to participate in the Source Africa 2014 Event to display trendy products of such high quality and wide variety. The CEO of Export Processing Zones Authority, Mr. Cyrille Nabutolla also visited the stand.

Business Results
The EPC Officers and the companies present were able to get confirmed orders valued at Kshs. 50,000.00, serious enquiries valued at Kshs. 13,641,200.00, orders under negotiation valued at Kshs. 25,645,000.00 and spot sales valued at Kshs. 9,000.00. In total the business transacted during the Fair totaled to Kshs. 39,345,200.00. Over 50 buyers from South Africa, Singapore, Tanzania, Cote DIvoire, USA, Ivory Coast, Hong Kong, Nigeria and Zimbabwe indicated interest in the products and requested for further information on the products.  
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