Market profile

Kenya has grown economically to become one of the largest and most diversified economies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Within East Africa, the Kenyan economy is the anchor, as the largest in the region and is much more dynamic than those of other neighbouring countries. The country's economy is much better linked to the other economies in terms of investment flows and trade due to its advanced infrastructure, human capital base, diversified economy and its role as a leader in the information communication revolution in the region.

The main sectors contributing to economic growth are:

  • agriculture
  • building and construction
  • infrastructure development
  • manufacturing
  • transport and services
  • tourism
  • wholesale and retail trade.

Since its independence in 1963, Kenya has followed a mixed economic development strategy aimed at attracting foreign direct investment. The government’s economic reforms have concentrated on strengthening private investment.

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Kenya's market insights and opportunities

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  • Imports from Kenya A$60 million
  • Exports to Kenya A$115 million
  • Capital Nairobi
  • Official Languages Swahili, English
  • Area 569,140 sq km
  • Population 44.2 million

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Trade and economic fact sheet

Containing general information, recent economic indicators, Australia’s trade and investment relationship with Kenya and their global merchandise trade relationship that is updated twice a year.

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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Kenya. This is regularly updated and should be checked before planning travel.

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