KENYA: The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, CWEIC, recently appointed Dr. Bimal Kantaria, Managing Director of Elgon Kenya, to its global advisory council and selected the agro-input company as its strategic partner. 

CWEIC is the Commonwealth’s business network with a mandate to facilitate trade and investment across the 54 member nations of the Commonwealth. 

The not-for-profit organization has over 100 business and government strategic partners from 31 countries and territories, hosting the Commonwealth Business Forum alongside the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting every two years.

In so doing, the organization’s activities aim to create a platform for meaningful engagement between business leaders and Government decision-makers across the Commonwealth.

I am honored to be part of this prestigious network group and I look forward to more interactions and engagement with other members while driving its transformation agenda. I thank Lord Jonathan Marland, the Chairman of CWEIC, for inviting us,” Dr. Bimal said in a LinkedIn post.

Elgon Kenya has operated in Kenya for the last 120 years, partnering with international players like BASF and Syngenta to supply Africa with premium inputs for optimum crop production. 

Being the largest agriculture inputs company in East Africa, the company boasts over 600 employees operating in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Zambia. 

Dr. Kantaria oversees this team, applying his skills and knowledge extensively toward philanthropic endeavors spanning education, health, and social services. 

In 2020, H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta awarded him the Kenya Presidential Order of Service- Uzalendo Award, for service to the nation during Covid, especially for the Flowers of Hope project, which saved thousands of Kenyan jobs.

That same year, Dr. Kantaria was elected chair of the then-new Agriculture Sector Network (ASNET), the umbrella entity of agribusiness organizations and stakeholders seeking to transform Kenya’s economic development. 

ASNET came to be through a partnership of Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), the SDG Partnership Platform at the United Nations, Elgon Kenya Limited, and other like-minded business associations, private sectors, and development partners.

Additionally, Dr. Kantaria has served as a National Board Director at the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) since 2021 and leads on Food Security and Climate Change.

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