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Kenya

The Hub's accomplishments in Kenya to Date:  

  • To date the Hub has supported 294 firms and associations to increase their export competitiveness
  • 81 firms have been supported to participate in various trade shows resulting in 615 business linkages
  • Hub facilitated AGOA exports as at June 30 2017 stood at $125,817,038
  • Exports to other market destinations as a result of Hub support are $86,180
  • 3,464 new full time equivalent (FTE) jobs have been created, 73% of which are for women
  • Facilitated $30,633,968 new private sector investments in the ag and non ag sector
  • Supported successful ratification of the SPS Protocol
  • Advocated for the review of the Companies Act to conform with the provisions of the EAC Common Market Protocol
  • Supported successful implementation of ePing electronic alert system
  • Supported the adoption of a notification submission systems for technical barriers to trade (TBT) sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS)
  • Supported use of ISOlutions which allows Kenya to effectively participate in international standardization process

Related Blogs and Resources

Seeing opportunity in textile imports, Kenya plans cotton revival

Published on December 02, 2016
Kenya plans to revive its cotton industry, a major foreign-exchange earner until the 1980s, amid strong demand for lint from domestic mills and the potential to supply manufacturers exporting clothing and textiles to the U.S. under a preferential trade deal. The government is planning training and credit facilities for farmers as part of a bid to restore production that peaked at 38,000 metric tons of seed cotton in 1984-85. Kenya currently produces 15,700 tons of seed cotton, creating about 5,240 tons of lint. Demand for the latter is about 37,000 tons, with the shortfall imported from neighboring countries, according to Fanuel Lubanga, a development manager at the state-run Agriculture and Food Authority. Read more. Source | Industry Week
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New plan to take export zones to all 47 counties

Published on November 29, 2016
Kenya is looking to set up at least one Export Processing Zone in all the 47 counties to replicate the economic impacts the initiative has had in the regions they have been situated. The country’s 56 EPZs attracted Sh48 billion in collective capital investments in 2015 as tax holidays wooed many to start manufacturing for export. The EPZ Authority will soon also have larger units called Special Economic Zones to make it more attractive to investors seeking to carry out high capital ventures. Read more. Source | Daily Nation
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Mauritius firms splurge Sh5bn on Kenyan companies in one year

Published on November 29, 2016
Mauritian firms have injected more than Sh5 billion into the economy through acquisitions and investments in Kenyan companies, indicating tightening economic links between Nairobi and the Indian Ocean Island country.  The rush to Kenya by Mauritian firms is partly spurred by a double-taxation agreement signed two years ago. Financial services group SBM Holdings’ intended acquisition of Fidelity Bank for an estimated at Sh2.7 billion is so far the single-biggest publicly announced deal. Read more. Source | Business Daily
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Specialty coffee firm seeks local partners amid Kenya market entry

Published on November 28, 2016
Local farmers now have a new suitor in town after an Estonian high-end coffee firm began a manhunt for Kenyan partners for its gourmet coffee. Barista and founder of Coffee People Annar Alas said its entry to Kenya follows bilateral agreements signed between Kenya and Estonia enabling commencement of direct trade partnerships. “We have always purchased Kenya’s best coffees from vendors in European markets and thought it is time we established a presence in Kenya for direct purchases. We are visiting farms to collect samples that shall be subjected to thorough tests ahead of trade agreements’ signing for 2017 green coffee deliveries,” he said. Read more. Source | Business Daily
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Murang’a farmers to benefit from Sh100m fund

Published on November 22, 2016
Small-scale horticulture farmers in Muran’ga County will benefit from a Sh100 million programme to be introduced next month. The programme aims to help farmers maximise their returns by sinking 50 wells in the region’s seven sub counties and buying improved seeds and water pumps. Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria said that the fund will also be used to offer the approximately 50,000 small scale horticultural producers subsidised fertiliser and build 20 collection centres for their produce. Read more. Source | Business Daily 
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Kenya to construct $164m leather park

Published on November 22, 2016
Kenya has rolled out plans to build a $164 million leather industry park to transform the underdeveloped industry into a key economic contributor. The EastAfrican has established that the government has spent about $5.7 million in preliminary works including feasibility studies, development of a master plan and conducting a strategic environmental impact assessment for the proposed park. Last week, the government embarked on phase two of the project after putting out tenders seeking a contractor to build a common effluent treatment plant at an estimated cost of $9.6 million. Read more. Source | East African
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Kenya’s coffee production set to increase, says official

Published on November 21, 2016
Coffee production is set to increase to 47, 000 MT this year compared to 45, 000 MT last year due to an expanded plantation area, a coffee directorate official has said. According to Interim Director in the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) coffee Directorate Grenivile Miili the provision of subsidised fertilizer to farmers has increased yields hence the enlargement of area under cultivation by farmers. “The land under coffee production has increased from 109,000 hectares to 114,000 hectares,” he said. Read more. Source | Daily Nation
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State bets on new pest proof storage bags to reduce maize wastage

Published on November 17, 2016
Grain farmers will benefit from new storage bags, which do not require the use of insecticides to prevent weevils and other pests’ invasion that have for years seen millions of bags of the produce go to wastage. The hermetic bags can store maize, beans and wheat for two years, making them disease and pest free for a longer time. This comes as a boost to Kenya’s food security. The new bags were launched Wednesday after years of trials to test their efficiency before being rolling out to farmers countrywide. Read more. Source | Daily Nation 
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