The International Chamber of Commerce (The ICC) has launched the Kenyan chapter ICC-Kenya, which is a first in Eastern Africa.
ICC has a global network of over 6.5 million members in more than 130 countries and works to promote international trade, responsible business practices and a global approach to business regulation to accelerate inclusive and sustainable growth.
Speaking at the launch of ICC-Kenya Engineer Patrick Obath, who was recently appointed as the chairman of ICC Kenya welcomed the chapter. “The business community will benefit greatly from having a local Chapter that can avail international services such as Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution”. Eng. Obath who is also the Vice-chair KEPSA Foundation added that the long-term objective is to position Kenya as the Centre for international dispute resolution in the East African Region.
In order to broaden her membership, The International Chamber of Commerce partners work with members in various countries to establish formal ICC structures called National Committees. Formation of the Kenya National
Committee started in 2015 with the following members: Blue Sky (EPZ) Limited, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya (AHK), East African Tea Trade Association, Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE), Kenya Bankers Association (KBA), Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and Seed Trade Association of Kenya, led by Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). ICC Kenya was incubated by KEPSA and is currently being hosted at KEPSA.
In June 2016 a Global Partnership Agreement was signed between ICC Kenya and The ICC signifying the birth of ICC Kenya thus positioning Kenya as an important Centre of international business regulation and arbitration.
KEPSA Director, Ms. Brenda Mbathi, said that KEPSA continues to play a critical role in advocating for an enabling business environment. She added that KEPSA continues to strengthen its engagement structures to support investment through policy reforms which are critical to the business community and country’s development agenda. “The launch of ICC-Kenya is a strong mark of approval and recognition for Kenya as an important destination and centre of trade and commerce” said Ms. Mbathi.