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Posted on 14/11/2017

Recently we at LOFIN were blessed with brief visit cum courtesy call by the Rt Hon Mark Simmonds, Former UK Minister for Africa(pictured in offices). Hon Simmonds was impressed by the good work we are doing supporting SMEs to be financially included here in Kenya and in due course across the EAC region. He took that opportunity to share experiences from other markets; and advised that we are on the right path; and the challenge is to scale up the issuance of loans to small business which in return will create the much needed jobs. Mr Simmonds will be guiding us through linkages and alliances with a view to rapidly scaling up the support to SMEs and small business. Below is his rich profile:

Former Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister , Africa, the Caribbean, UK Overseas Territories, International Energy and Conflict Prevention

Rt Hon Mark Simmonds was until recently The Foreign & Commonwealth office Minister with responsibilities for Africa, the Caribbean, UK Overseas Territories, International Energy and Conflict Prevention. He served as a Member of the UK Parliament for 14 years. He was also a Senior Advisor to The Prime Minister David Cameron.

He focused on driving and facilitating inward investment into Africa across a range of key economic sectors including Hydrocarbons, Financial Services, Infrastructure, Energy & Agriculture. He has a huge knowledge of the economic and political composition of African Governments, countries and regions. He Chaired the UN Security Council on two occasions.

He now has a number of international roles. Including Senior Advisor to Kroll, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Global Investment platform, Invest Africa, Senior Advisor to Farallon Capital, Chairman of Fincomeco & Advisory Board Member of the Commonwealth Investment Council and Board Member of Engender Health.

He also has roles with not for profit organisations, including as Honorary Vice President of Flora & Fauna International. He is a Trustee of the British Institute in East Africa. He is a Member of Her Majesty’s Privy Council.