An important task for Swedish missions abroad is to promote Swedish economic interests. The Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi engages in various activities aimed at providing support and advice to Swedish companies to facilitate their establishment, and in contacts with the Government of Kenya or other relevant interlocutors. The Embassy also assists Swedish companies in matters regarding barriers to trade.
The Embassy regularly arranges meetings with Swedish companies in Kenya. These serve as an opportunity for dialogue focused on business related issues, the political situation, development and other matters of general interest. Furthermore, the Embassy assists Kenyan exporters interested in the Swedish market.
The Embassy is cooperating closely with Business Sweden in many issues concerning trade and investment. Business Sweden - the Swedish Trade and Invest Council - facilitates for Swedish companies to reach export markets and grow internationally and for foreign actors to invest in Sweden. The shared ownership of Business Sweden by the Swedish government and industry provides access to contacts and networks at all levels. The office in Nairobi covers Eastern and Central Africa.
Swedfund is Sweden’s development finance institution with a mandate to provide capital, expertise and financial support to Swedish and international companies starting up or expanding their businesses in an emerging market. Swedfund, with a regional office in Nairobi, is active on the African continent with about half of the portfolio located there.
For export to Sweden the Embassy cooperates with Open Trade Gate in Sweden, an information centre assisting exporters with information on rules and requirements in Sweden and the European Union.
There are eleven regional Chambers of Commerce in Sweden. They are all committed to establishing contacts between companies in their region and companies all over the world as well as assisting in finding suitable Swedish counterparts when receiving business inquiries.