Invest in Kenya: East Africa's Powerhouse

Kenya is the largest and most advanced economy in East and Central Africa. Its GDP accounts for more than 50 per cent of the region’s total and in terms of current market prices, its 2014 GDP stood at $58.1 billion. Kenya’s strong growth prospects are supported by an emerging middle class and an increasing appetite for high-value good and services.

Skilled & Competitive Labour Force

Kenya has a huge pool of labor force is one of the best educated in the world, English-speaking and extremely adaptable. Qualified professional staff can be hired at reasonable pay-scales, in all occupations and at all levels of expertise.

Robust Economy

Kenya has the second largest population within the EAC at 43 million and is growing at a rate of 2.7 per cent per annum. There is a rising trend towards urbanization, which is contributing to an increase in consumer demand for high value goods. This trend is fore casted to continue, with 50 per cent of the population expected to live in urban areas by 2050. The size of Kenya’s middle class is growing as evidenced by the growth in its gross national income per capita, which has increased at a CAGR of 2 per cent over the past 10 years.

Strategic Location

Kenya is strategically located as a gateway to East and Central African region. With a border to the Indian Ocean, Kenya is well suited as a production and distribution base to service Africa, Europe, the Middle East, South Asia and other Indian Ocean Islands. Jomo Kenyatta International Airport functions as an effective Air hub between Africa, Europe and Asia. Kenya also serves as the Communication Hub of the region.

Continuous Reforms

Kenya's investment climate is the strongest in the EAC, with FDI flowing in from emerging and developed markets and a high volume of multinational companies with regional and continent-wide headquartered in the country.

Political & Macro-economic Stability

Kenya is a multi-party Democracy with a unicameral Parliament which creates laws which are administered by the Executive arm of the Government. The Kenyan Constitution protects private property and provides safeguards against expropriation of such property without compensation. Kenya is also a signatory to Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), an agency of the World Bank and a Member of the International Council of Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). In case of Commercial disputes, Kenya has a Commercial Court under the Kenyan Judiciary.

Large Domestic & Regional Markets

Kenya enjoys stable macroeconomic environment. The government operates sound macroeconomic policies that promote growth by providing a more secure environment for private sector investment decisions.

Foreign participation in NSE: 54.1 per cent of total equity turnover (January-June 2014)

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