The Netherlands is set to commence importation of flowers from Kenya using the new Lamu port as the gateway. The Dutch ambassador to Kenya Maarten Brouwer revealed this when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Fahim Twaha in Mokowe, Lamu West, on Wednesday.
As the world's third-largest exporter of cut flowers, Kenya sells 70% of its flowers to Europe, including the Netherlands. The horticultural sector is Kenya's third-largest foreign exchange earner with the flower industry directly employing 150,000 people and contributing 1% of the country's GDP.
The envoy said the Netherlands has an open economy that depends heavily on foreign trade and investment. During the visit, the governor and ambassador discussed several matters of mutual interest to Lamu and the Netherlands, among them, exploring the viability of engaging in the flower exportation business from Kenya to the Netherlands using Lamu Port.
“We have already visited Nakuru and other counties to see how better we can work on exporting flowers to the Netherlands by sea, a program that will take 5 to 10 years to be actualized,” the ambassador said.
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