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Kenya : economy statistics and industry reports

  • Updated on : 27 August 2012  Source : The World Factbook


$13.49 billion (2011 est.)
$11.53 billion (2010 est.)


$5.768 billion (2011 est.)
$5.225 billion (2010 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

14% (2011 est.)
4% (2010 est.)

Unemployment rate

40% (2008 est.)
40% (2001 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP)

$1,800 (2011 est.)
$1,700 (2010 est.)
$1,700 (2009 est.)
note: data are in 2011 US dollars

National product real growth rate

4% (2010 est.)
2.6% (2009 est.)
1.7% (2008 est.)

Internet users

3.996 million (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular

24.969 million (2009)

Population growth rate

2.444% (2012 est.)


43,013,341 (July 2012 est.)
note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, lower population growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected

Historical background

Founding president and liberation struggle icon Jomo KENYATTA led Kenya from independence in 1963 until his death in 1978, when 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.

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Economic overview

Although the regional hub for trade and finance in East Africa, Kenya has been hampered by corruption and by reliance upon several primary goods whose prices have remained low.

In 1997, the IMF suspended Kenya's Enhanced Structural Adjustment Program due to the government's failure to maintain reforms and curb corruption.

The IMF, which had resumed loans in 2000 to help Kenya through a drought, again halted lending in 2001 when the government failed to institute several anticorruption measures.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit

Country Forecast Kenya January 2018 Updater

Country Forecast Kenya January 2018 Updater

  • $ 559
  • Country report
  • January 2018
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit

Threats to political stability will ease after the Supreme Court accepted the result of the presidential election rerun, leading to the inauguration of Uhuru Kenyatta for a second (and final) five-yea ...

  • Countries : Kenya


Kenya: In-depth PEST insights

PEST Country Analysis Report on Kenya

  • $ 350
  • Country report
  • May 2017
  • by MarketLine

Kenya: In-depth PEST insightsSummaryThis PEST country analysis report on Kenya provides a holistic view of the country, with insightful analysis of current and future issues, supplemented with relevant ...

  • Countries : Kenya

Oxford Economics

Country Economic Forecasts > Kenya

Country Economic Forecasts > Kenya

  • $ 163
  • Country report
  • November 2017
  • by Oxford Economics

Three months after the annulled August presidential poll, it is clear that the Supreme Court's decision has resulted in considerable economic and political costs. Kenya is now in a worse position than ...

  • Countries : Kenya

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