president and liberation struggle icon Jomo KENYATTA led Kenya from
independence until his death in 1978, when current President Daniel
Toroitich arap MOI took power in a constitutional succession. The
country was a de facto one-party state from 1969 until 1982 when the
ruling Kenya African National Union (KANU) made itself the sole legal
party in Kenya. MOI acceded to internal and external pressure for
political liberalization in late 1991. The ethnically fractured
opposition failed to dislodge KANU from power in elections in 1992 and
1997, which were marred by violence and fraud, but are viewed as having
generally reflected the will of the Kenyan people. The country faces a
period of political uncertainty because MOI is constitutionally
required to step down at the next election that has to be held by early
regional hub for trade and finance in East Africa, is hampered by
corruption and reliance upon several primary goods whose prices
continue to decline. Following strong economic growth in 1995 and 1996,
Kenya's economy has stagnated, with GDP growth failing to keep up with
the rate of population growth. In 1997, the IMF suspended Kenya's
Enhanced Structural Adjustment Program due to the government's failure
to maintain reforms and curb corruption. A severe drought from 1999 to
2000 compounded Kenya's problems, causing water and energy rationing
and reducing agricultural output. As a result, GDP contracted by 0.3%
in 2000. The IMF, which had resumed loans in 2000 to help Kenya through
the drought, again halted lending in 2001 when the government failed to
institute several anticorruption measures. Despite the return of strong
rains in 2001, weak commodity prices, endemic corruption, and low
investment limited Kenya's economic growth to 1%, and Kenya is unlikely
to see growth above 2% in 2002. Substantial IMF and other foreign
support is essential to prevent a further decline in real per capita
Holidays Jan 1 - New Year's Day
Mar 25~ - Good Friday
Mar 28~ - Easter Monday
May 1 - Labour Day
Jun 1 - Madaraka Day
Oct 10 - Moi Day
Oct 20 - Kenyatta Forces Day
Nov 14-16* - Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Dec 12 - Jamhuri/Independence Day
Dec 25-26 - Christmas
Holidays falling on a Sunday are observed the following Monday. Muslim
festivals(*) are timed according to local sightings of various phases
of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. Besides, the
Festivals' date(~) are subject to change in every new year.
Country Code: 254
Outgoing International Code: 000
Main Area Codes:
CIA - The World Factbook - Republic of Kenya
website indicates a wide range of detail information about Kenya by
introducing under 8 different fields as its geography, people,
government, economy, communications, transportation, military,
is available to find out Kenya's general outlook on the issues of its
social and business profile, passport/visa, money, accommodation,
government, duty free, health and so forth.
US Commercial Service Kenya: Business Counseling
Business Counseling service offers one-on-one counseling sessions to
investors who are planning business travel to Kenya in terms of
informing about the market trends, Kenyan business practices &
opportunity to get extensive networking in Kenya. For more information,
please refer to our staff directory to contact the Commercial
Specialist in your sector.
Lex Africa: Business Guide: Kenya
African Law Firm Network examines Kenya in order to get comprehensive
business outlook for the potential investors seeking business
opportunities in Kenya.
Doing Business in Kenya
Bank represents a snapshot of the business climate in Kenya by
identifying specific regulations and policies that encourage or
discourage investment, productivity, and growth related to Kenya.
serves as a directory providing an ultimate African Business Source for
the potential investors seeking new business opportunities in Kenya
including the list of industries for Kenya.
African Studies: Kenya
There is a wide range of research about Kenyan business & economic profile.
U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs - For Kenya
Bureau of Consular Affairs creates a wide range of research named as
Consular Information Sheet about Kenya in terms of analyzing its
social, political, cultural & economic environments.
World Trade Organization(WTO) : Kenya
Trade Organization(WTO) supplies the trade policy reviews of republic
of Kenya in order to display the recent economic and business
developments realized after introducing the economic improvement
packages by WTO.
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service - Republic of Kenya
Canadian Info-Export Service provides information about doing business in the Republic of Kenya within the business practices.
Trade and Economic Profile for Kenya
is available a gateway to get comprehensive information about Kenyan
commercial outlook as custom regulations, business association,
ministries and so forth.
Embassy Listings For Kenya
There are listed the embassies of the republic of the Kenya including the embassies' contact information.
Kenya Government Ministries
It displays the structure of Kenyan government by looking at its political units, branches, ministries and organs in details.