Next week the doors will open again for the 6th edition of the international flower trade expo IFTEX at the Oshwal Center in Nairobi Kenya. With a record number of 211 exhibiting companies from Kenya and various other African countries, the exhibition has grown to a regional trade fair with growers from over 6 different African countries.
The event is continues to attract more and more buyers every year. Amongst others also Chinese and US buyers have found their way to this trading platform and it implies a huge gain for the export of cut flowers from Kenya and other African grown flowers. The number of pre-registered visitors has increased with almost 25% in comparison to 2016 and for therefore a clear indicator of higher attendance numbers of foreign flower buyers.
There is a good buzz going around this year’s expo and exhibitors are optimistic on the results of the upcoming edition of IFTEX. The Permanent Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo, vice minister of Industrialization and International Trade, has confirmed to be willing to open the fair this year. His presence is of special importance as he has been closely involved in the development of the Kenyan flower industry in past years and is for this reason adding an extra value to the fair through his presence next week.