Barbara Kimenye

Listen Barbara Kimenye is remembered as one of East Africa’s most prolific writers, having authored over 50 children’s books whose popularity peaked in the 1980s. She is most well-known for the ‘Moses’ series published between 1968 and 1987, which chronicled the life and adventures of Moses, a schoolboy in a boy’s institution in Uganda. Today her books have sold […]

Tannery and leather products

Listen The Government has prioritised the leather goods and footwear sector under the Kenya Industrial Transformation Programme (KITP), Kenya Vision 2030 and the Big 4 Agenda. The sector is regarded as a prime driver for the country’s industrialization with focus on achieving the following by 2022:  Increase exports from $140 million (2017) to $500 million […]

Special economic zones

Listen The International Finance Corporation (IFC) provided technical support through its Kenya Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (KCEP) to the Special Economic Zones (SEZ). Authority to launch a one-stop-shop web portal in August 2021. IFC is a member of the World Bank Group. The new portal has boosted communication to potential investors on opportunities available in the […]

Apparel manufacturing

Listen Kenya has the opportunity to establish a strong domestic and international footprint in textile and apparel manufacturing through the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) which opened up the US market for finished textile products. This would be a firm foundation for propelling Kenya into middle income status and creating gainful employment for its […]

Cotton processing and ginning

Listen   The Cotton, Textile and Apparel (CTA) industry remains largely labor intensive and employs both semi-skilled and un-skilled workers and hence a key contributor to rural livelihoods. Specifically, about 200,000 households and an estimated 40,000 farmers rely on proceeds from cotton growing. The value chain includes cotton production, ginning, spinning, and weaving, apparel production and output sales […]

Cement production

Listen Kenya’s mature and highly developed cement industry is critical to the Big 4 Agenda’s Manufacturing pillar. Kenya’s cement production includes cement, lime, ballast, roofing tiles, limestone products, concrete products and ceramic tiles. Leaders in cement output are Bamburi Cement Limited National Cement Company, Mombasa Cement, East African Portland Cement Company and Savannah Cement. The Government’s heavy investment in […]

Iron and steel

Listen The local steel industry remains heavily dependent on imported raw materials, as no local sources have been developed to date making the manufacture of steel locally quite expensive. Reducing this high import bill is possible if high quality steel can be produced more cheaply locally. The government’s strategies to pro-mote the sector include readiness to facilitate investments in […]

Mineral resources

Listen The first phase of the Countrywide Airborne Geophysical Survey ended in June 2021 and the Mineral Rights Board is in the process of ending a six-year-long moratorium on exploration licenses. The survey covered Migori, Homa Bay. Kakamega, Busia and Siaya counties and was conducted by the Minis-try of Mining in partnership with the Ministries of Interior […]

Oil and gas

Listen Kenya’s nascent oil and gas industry has become the new frontier that is attracting foreign investors as East Africa becomes the go-to location for oil and gas exploration. The international oil and gas investors are becoming increasingly fixed on East Africa following several discoveries of oil and gas in the region that could see the region become […]

Oversight and policy

Listen Responsibility for development of oil and gas and mineral resources sector activities in Kenya belongs to the Ministry of Petroleum and Mining. The Ministry has oversight over up-stream oil and gas and downstream petroleum and coal and is responsible for framing the required policies to create an enabling environment for the sector’ operation and growth. It also […]