Business risks

Australian companies are advised to spend time investigating the market, obtain professional advice where appropriate and thoroughly investigate the issues in entering the market and before establishing business relationships.

Australian firms wishing to operate in this country should commit to the highest level of corporate behaviour and familiarise themselves with Australia's laws and penalties pertaining to bribery of foreign officials.

Bribery of foreign public officials is a crime. Australian individuals and companies can be prosecuted in Australia for bribing foreign officials when overseas. Further information on the regulations governing bribery of foreign public officials is available.

For further information on frauds, scams, personal and asset security, intellectual property protection and other business risks please read more about legal issues.

The wave of violence in South Sudan in January 2014, which followed the failed coup d'état, as well as the repatriation order of Somali refugees at the border in April has caused disturbances in the northern part of Kenya.

The presence of Kenyan troops in southern Somalia since 2011 increases the risk of terrorist attacks on Kenyan territory despite significant progress in the offensive against the Somalia-based Islamist group Al-Shabab.