The Iran House of Innovation and Technology, which will be set up in Nairobi’s Kilimani area next week is expected to offer workspaces and web connections for Kenyans and Iranian companies. The center, which is the first of its kind in Africa is one of the biggest projects Iran has launched outside its borders.
“This center is the first of its kind in Africa and the biggest in the world that Iran has established to transfer the technology acquired over the years,” Iranian ambassador to Kenya Jafar Barmaki said on Friday.
Already, a strong delegation of 40 Iranian knowledge-based firms in the fields of petrochemical, renewable energy, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and nanotechnology is set to tour the IHIT facility next week.
The delegation, which will be led by the Iranian vice president for science and technology Sorena Sattari, will have a meeting with Kenya’s business community for a business forum to strengthen trade relations between the two countries.
The meeting is intended to have mechanisms in place, to allow Kenyan companies to interact and network with Iranian companies with an intention of securing partnerships and joint ventures.
“In our foreign policy, we consider Kenya a friendly county equipped with good infrastructure and through which we can reach the other countries of the region,” Iranian Ambassador to Kenya Dr. Barmaki said.
Trade between Kenya and Iran has been heavily skewed in favour of the Middle East country.
Official data shows Kenya imported from Iran goods valued at over Sh10.4 billion in 2019, being about five times the Sh2.12 billion worth of exports made in the same period.
Iran remains one of Kenya’s key trading partners with the Middle East country being one of the top importers of Kenya’s tea. of