H. E. Jutta Frasch, German Ambassador in Kenya inaugurated the exhibition along with Guest of Honor Betty Maina, Principal Secretary, Industrialization, Republic of Kenya. Maren Diale- Schellschmidt, Country Director, Delegation of German Industry and Commerce; Secretary, German Business Association and Sabine Olthof, Project Manager of Alumniportal Deutschland, German development agency GIZ were also present during the ceremony.
Betty Maina, the Principal Secretary for Industrialization of the Republic of Kenya stressed that the world of work has changed, stressing that in her parents’ generation it was still common to work for 40 years in one company. She praised the concept of the exhibition for companies to attract talent, as a skilled workforce is crucial for the development of the Kenyan economy and the achievement of the Big 4 Agenda of the Kenyan Government. The key note speaker Dr. Kamau Gachigi, Director of Gearbox Kenya, shared his insights in Artificial Intelligence, robotics and the question on how technology will transform work and society.
Focusing on the topic “The Future of Work”, this years’ event brought together about 30 exhibitors and more than 550 participants from Kenya and abroad attended the exhibition. The career fair is geared towards bringing together Germany-Alumni and other qualified professionals with German and Kenyan companies and organizations.
With a wide array of speakers and companies from multiple sectors, the dynamic event was organized for everyone about to start their journey in the world of work and gave visitors the opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest labor market trends in Kenya. Speakers focussed on future markets such as renewable energy or modern agricultural jobs. Prof. Hamadi Boga, Principal Secretary Agricultural Research, stressed that Kenya is an agricultural society and that jobs between the field to the dinner table have a future. Other panels included the topic of Cultural Entrepreneurship, organised by Goethe-Institut Kenya.
The Alumniportal Deutschland is a social network designed to promote networking and sharing of information among Germany-Alumni, companies, universities and organisations. It offers its users the opportunity to get in touch with Germany-Alumni from around the world as well as companies in order to discuss specialist issues, develop their skills and benefit from the expertise of others.
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