7 of the biggest conferences in Nairobi, 2016

unctad - photo by the star.co.ke

Photo courtesy of star.co.ke

Things have been looking up for Kenya’s MICE Industry as more and more international conferences being targeted & hosted in Kenya. Kenya has been on multiple times been mentioned as  the second best MICE destination after South Africa. This can be attributed to the improved standards in conferencing services, the growth of infrastructure and increased conference venues especially in Nairobi and Mombasa over the years. According to  the Kenya Economic Report (2014), it is estimated that about 500,000 delegates attend conferences in Nairobi and Kenya at large every year. This growth can also be attributed to high-quality services and international standards in conferencing services.

Upcoming conferences in Nairobi

The Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) Summit

TICADThe conference will be held at Kenyatta International Convention Center in Nairobi, Kenya on 27th -28th August 2016. This will definitely be the first time TICAD is being held in Africa since it was founded in 1993. This conference provides a forum for leaders to present proposals to the Japanese government for funds to implement projects and promote high-level policy dialogue between African leaders. Businesses, especially in the private sector, are encouraged to showcase their products by the Ministry of foreign affairs. Learn more about #TICADNAIROBI2016. 

The 4th East Africa Oil and Gas Summit & Exhibition (EAOGS)

Dubbed as the most prestigious oil and gas conference and exhibition in the whole of East Africa. The conference will be held on 15th -17th November 2016 in KICC, Nairobi Kenya. The main aim of the event is for the participants to market their products and services during the event, discuss the challenges of the future of oil and gas in Africa and establish new contacts and exchange knowledge. At least more than 3000+ delegates from 30 countries are projected to attend this year. Learn more about EAOGS.

The Global Partnership on Economic Development Conference (2nd High-Level Meeting)

Global Partnership on Economic Development ConferenceThis session is scheduled for November 28th to December 1st, 2016.  Its main aim is to strengthen the affirmative impact of development co-operation over the next 15 years. According to the organizers, one of the ways to achieve this is by identifying innovative approaches to sustainable development that can be scaled up. Find out more about Second High-Level Meeting by GPEDC  

Past conferences in Nairobi in 2016

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

unctad-14 imageThis was arguably the biggest trade event in Kenya this year. The session commenced on July 17. This conference was arguably the biggest trade event in Kenya this year. The session commenced on July 17th and ended on July 22nd. Some of the key milestones achieved were the political declaration which highlighted the need for increased financial, infrastructure and development support to the world’s least developed countries and the Nairobi consensus which guides on the mandate of UNCTAD for the next four years and will mainly focus on trade and investments amongst the 194 UNCTAD member states.

The 2016 ICT4D conference

 ictad conferenceThis conference was hyped to be the biggest conference ever focusing on ICT. The conference was held on May 16th to May 19th, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. Issues discussed were; ways in which technology can drive growth in agriculture, health, education, disaster relief, environmental protection, financial inclusion, governance, and accountability. The conference attracted more than 750 leaders from the government, private, public, technology and development sectors. 

Africa Academy of Management Biennial Conference

Biggest conferences in Nairobi 2016

photo courtesy: http://sbs.strathmore.edu

The 3rd Biennial Conference which was held at Strathmore Business School 5th  to 10th January 2016 was attended by; 167 participants from 16 African nationalities. Its main aim was to discuss on matters regarding bridging the widening gap between scholarly works in management with industry related competencies.  Caption (Bob Collymore, the Chief Executive Officer Safaricom,  giving the keynote speech during the conference) 

The Environmental Cement Africa conference .

Biggest conference in Nairobi- the environmental africa conferenceThis conference was held on 21st – 22nd April 2016 at The Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi. At least 14 presentations were made from industry professionals and academics, together with many panel discussions exploring the relationship between environmental conservation and a profitable cement industry.  Its main theme was “Raising environmental awareness in the cement industry.This is a very good move considering the current need for sustainable development in any industry towards the achievement of the vision 2030. Find out more about the Environmental Cement Africa conference. 

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