Kenya

Kenya Economic Outlook

Real GDP growth was a robust 5.8% in 2016, driven mainly by services (which accounted for 66% of growth) and industry (which accounted for 19% of growth). Agriculture accounted for 15% of growth, the lowest in recent years. Growth in services was driven by real estate (which grew 12%) and transport and storage (which grew 10%), and growth in industry was driven by construction (which grew 8.2%) and manufacturing (which grew 6.2%). Real GDP growth declined to an estimated 5% in 2017, due to subdued credit growth caused by caps on commercial banks’ lending rates, drought, and the prolonged political impasse over the presidential election. The half-year estimates show that the economy remained fairly resilient, growing 4.8%. Services accounted for 82% of that growth, and industry accounted for 17%; agriculture’s poor performance continued. The economy is projected to rebound to GDP growth of 5.6% in 2018 and 6.2% in 2019.

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Key Facts

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Capital: Nairobi
Area: 580,000 sq km
Total Population 2017: 48.5 Million
Urban Population 2017: 73.50%
Female Population 2017: 49.70%
GDP: US$ 77.3 Billion
GNI Per Capita 2015: US$ 1,340
Inflation Rate: 5.50%
Crude Birth Rate (per 1000): 33.00%
Human Development Index (rank / 188): 146
Human Development Index (scale 0 to 1): 0.555
Membership Date: 10/09/1964
Cumulative Approvals (1967-2016): UA 2.6 Billion

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East Africa Regional Resource Center (EARC)

African Development Bank Group
Khushee Tower
Longonot  Road, Upper Hill
Nairobi, Kenya

Phone: (254) 20 2712925/ (254) 20 2712926/ (254) 20 2712928
Fax: (254) 20 2712938

Mr. Gabriel Negatu, RRC Director