BNI East Africa Announces Annual East African Convention to Drive Inter-Country Trade

BNI (Business Networking International) East Africa is set to host its annual East African Convention this coming August in Naivasha.

Scheduled for Friday, 16th August, at the Enashipai Resort, the event aims to strengthen inter-country trade by fostering strategic business networking among delegates from Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. With at least 500 delegates expected, the convention is poised to be a significant catalyst for regional economic growth.

BNI is the world’s largest business networking and referral organization, providing a positive, supportive, and structured environment for professionals to further their business through word-of-mouth marketing. The convention will serve as a premier platform for business leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals to converge, exchange insights, and forge meaningful connections aimed at accelerating business growth.

“Networking is a powerful tool in increasing inter-country trade. By connecting business professionals from different countries, we create opportunities for collaboration and mutual growth that transcend borders,” said Elizaphan Muraguri, BNI National Director. 

“Networking is not just about exchanging business cards; it’s about cultivating relationships that can lead to mutually beneficial opportunities. The BNI Convention provides an invaluable setting where industry leaders can collaborate, share industry trends, and explore new avenues for growth.” He added. 

Muraguri further emphasized the broader impact of networking on business success, saying that effective networking not only drives sales and market expansion but also fosters innovation and problem-solving through diverse perspectives.

The convention will feature a diverse lineup of keynote speakers renowned for their expertise in business development and networking strategies. Attendees can expect interactive workshops, panel discussions, and networking sessions designed to empower participants with actionable insights and innovative approaches to business networking.

“This convention is more than an event; it’s a catalyst for driving economic success through collaboration and shared knowledge. We encourage all stakeholders passionate about leveraging networking for business advancement to join us at this transformative event.” added Mr. Muraguri.

BNI East Africa operates within a global framework that spans 76 countries with 327,000 Members in 11,172 Chapters. Each week, BNI Members meet in local Chapters to discuss their businesses, share success stories, and exchange qualified business referrals. This consistent structure and global reach allow Members to connect with a vast network of professionals, facilitating business growth across borders and industries. In the past 12 months alone, BNI Members globally exchanged 14.6 million referrals, generating an astounding US$22.1 billion in business.

In Kenya, BNI has been active for 14 years, boasting 537 Members in 15 Chapters. In the last year, Kenyan Members have passed over 30,000 referrals, resulting in over US$14 million worth of business. Uganda’s BNI network, comprising 358 Members in 8 Chapters, has passed over US$12 million in a similar period.

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