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On September 30, 2014, Kenya achieved lower middle-income status effectively joining the ranks of middle-income countries, sixteen years ahead of its Vision 2030 goals.  

Kenya is the ninth largest African country with a GDP of $55.2 billion. A World Bank Group analysis attributes Kenya’s growth to aggregate demand fueled by strong consumption and investment.

According to the World Bank’s Enterprise Surveys 2013 data, the top three business environment constraints experienced by private sector firms in Kenya are practices of the informal sector, corruption, and electricity.

According to Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Index of Economic Freedom Kenya’s economic score is down 1.5 points from last year to 55.6 making its economy the 122 freest (out of 186) in the 2015 index. There was an improvement in freedom from corruption outweighed by declines in five of the 10 economic freedoms, including trade freedom, business freedom and the control of government spending. Kenya is ranked 23rd out of 46 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

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