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Press release from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell visits Kenya


Minister for International Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell is visiting Kenya on 23–24 November 2022. The Minister’s visit will take place in conjunction with the official visit to Kenya of Crown Princess Victoria and Norwegian Crown Prince Haakon.

“Sweden and Kenya have long-standing and broad relations and I look forward to continued close cooperation between our countries. We hope to be able to further deepen our cooperation with a particular focus on trade and investment – an area where both Sweden and Kenya see great potential for strengthened and mutually beneficial economic exchange, and increased growth, employment and development,” says Mr Forssell.

Sweden and Kenya see great potential for expanding cooperation in the area of trade and investment, focusing on the environment and climate, health technology, transport and the green transition. To help harness this potential, Sweden and Kenya have recently signed a memorandum of understanding on trade and investment. 

During his visit, Mr Forssell will attend a business forum where Swedish, Norwegian and Kenyan companies will discuss trade and investment prospects. The business forum offers both private and public stakeholders the opportunity to share knowledge and experience and strengthen relations between the countries.

Mr Forssell also plans to attend the launch of Business Sweden and Innovation Norway’s new office in Nairobi. His programme also includes a visit to a development cooperation project focusing on water and sanitation in one of Nairobi’s poorer areas, business visits and bilateral meetings with government representatives and partner organisations.

Fact box

Kenya is the largest and most advanced economy in East Africa. Kenya is ranked as a lower-middle income country. Sweden has had diplomatic relations with Kenya since 1964 and a long history of development cooperation with the country.

Sweden’s 2021–2025 strategy for development cooperation with Kenya focuses on democracy, human rights, gender equality, environment and climate, and inclusive economic development. It also aims to lay the foundation for broader and more self-sustaining economic relationships and partnerships between Sweden and Kenya.

More than 35 Swedish companies are represented in Kenya, which is regarded by many as the entry point to the wider African market. Kenya’s economy, a growing middle-class and a functioning legal system, combined with major investments in infrastructure and the green transition, create favourable conditions for Swedish companies and research institutes to deepen their cooperation with partners in Kenya.