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Kenyan tea ranked the best in the world

01 September 2015, 10:13 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - UAE investors’ delegates visiting Mombasa have hailed Kenyan tea as the best in the world.

Dubai government's director of Business development, James Bernard said the world largest tea processing plant in Dubai that processes about 40% of tea is majorly dependent of Kenyan tea.

“Although 40% of the global tea comes through our plant for processing, we largely depend on Kenyan tea that is of the best quality and we use it to blend with other tea,” revealed Bernard.

He also said the Dubai government is currently providing the infrastructure for companies that have shown potential on investing in the UAE.

Bernard said the Dubai government was also looking at the free trade area zones with major areas of investment being mining, tea, coffee, nuts and fisheries.

“We will also be creating an enabling environment to do business and also provide licences for companies,” said Bernard.

Read Also: KTDA commissions hydro power plant to cut tea production cost

He also reveled that goods worth over USD 1.1 are sold between Kenya and the United Arab emirates.

Speaking at the event, Mombasa County trade and industrialization minister Mohammed Abdi said there was need for Kenya to focus on initiating value addition on their products.

“We are currently holding the biggest tea auction trade center in east and central Africa; we need have to have a processing plant here in Kenya,” said Abdi.

He said the plant will benefit farmers and also enable them export finished products.

The UAE head of delegation in Kenya, Walid Al Falahi revealed that this is the largest delegation organised to visit Africa in 2015 and they are seeing Kenya as a potential destination to open up Africa.

He further said Kenya is the third largest growing destination for investment after South Africa and Egypt.

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