SME EXPO 2016: Africa Business Matchmaking
The SME EXPO 2016 will be taking place at Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), Nairobi-Kenya on 7th - 9th April 2016.The SME EXPO Africa Business Matchmaking will provide opportunities that will put you front and centre with pre-screened African buyers, sales representatives, and business partners. The SME Expo is being or The Africa Business Matchmaking program can jump-start your efforts by helping you to identify, screen, and meet prospective African partners, agents, distributors, and customers. The SME EXPO 2016 has strong relationships with local business trade associations and blocs, industry, and government leaders, and can connect you to the right business partners and prospect.

Africa’s private sector consists of mostly informal microenterprises, operating alongside large firms. Between these large and small firms, SMEs are very scarce and constitute a “missing middle.” The SME sector is crucial to Africa’s growth, contributing more than 45% to employment and 33% to GDP. In high income countries, SMEs contribute nearly 64 percent to the GDP and 62 percent to employment.

African countries must therefore double the size of SME sectors to emerge socially and economically. However, SMEs across Africa continue to face significant challenges. Studies indicate for example that more than 70% of SMEs lack access to medium and long term finance, creating an SME funding gap of more than US $140 billion in Africa alone.According to the African Development Bank, currently, intra-Africa trade stands at only
12 per cent, compared with 61 per cent within the European Union. The SME expo is agreat event for SMEs to explore and expand their trading opportunities in Kenya, Africa and internationally.

Benefits of participation
•    Face to face meetings with potential partners, distributors and end-users
•    Develop mutually-beneficial commercial relationships with well-screened
•    and matched international partners
•    Receptions with the local business communities
•    Improve business intelligence in Africa
•    Briefings from local experts on doing business in Africa
•    Find international sales leads
•    Arrange international meetings and presentations in Africa
•    Develop market entry strategies and plans
•    Benefit from soft landing in the African market
•    Evaluate Africa importers
•    Conduct primary and secondary market research
•    Find the best manufacturer’s reps in the region
•    Find new clients
•    Media exposure

Participating Sectors

  • Manufacturing
  • Industrial and Consumer Electrical and Electronics Appliances
  • Food and Beverage, Agricultural products
  • Automotive and Transportation
  • FMCG and Consumer Products
  • Industrial and Agricultural Machinery and Equipment
  • Electronic Security (CCTV, Access Controls, Biometric etc), Software and IT
  • Real Estate and Construction
  • Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare
  • Clothing ,Textiles, Handcrafts and Apparels
  • Hair, Beauty and CosmeticsClean Power ( Solar Power, Wind Farms, Biogas & Waste management)

Application is done through:


Online profile previews, Appointment scheduling and Face-to-face meetings
Africa Businesses: $200 & Registration fee $20
International Partners: $1,500 & Registration fee $50
* Deadlines apply, see website for details

Booking and contact information

Mr. Joseph Ngatia
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+254 721 514 530

Ms. Dorcas Muthoni
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+254 722 494 015
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