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Focus : Africa
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INDIA : India’s Trade with the African Region notched US$ 38.96 Billion in the year 2009-10 (DGCI&S provisional figures) constituting 8.37% share in India’s total trade. Trade with the region has grown at a CAGR of 18.10% from US$ 4.48 Billion in 1996-97.
AFRICA : 54 Countries, 1 billion people, US$ 1.01 Billion of trade. Imports worth US$ 468 billion include Mineral Fuels, Oils, Machinery, Vehicles including Boats, Ships, Aircrafts, Electronics & Electricals, Iron & Steel & Articles thereof, Cereals, Plastics, Pharmaceuticals, etc.

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Country at a Glance

Eastern Africa


Country Head


39,002,772(UN 2008)

$62.48 Billion (2008 est. )

GDP Per Capita
$1,600 (2008 CIA est.)

Main Language
English and Kiswahili



Kenya is situated at the Eastern Africa with a total area of 580,367 sq km. The Land Boundaries stretches to nearly 3,477 km and the costal lines stretch to nearly 536 km. Kenya is surrounded by Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. Kenya has 7 provinces Central, Coast, Eastern, Nairobi, North-Eastern, Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western.

In the December 2002 elections, the 24 year old reign of Daniel Arap MOI ended and a new opposition government took on the formidable economic problems facing the nation and has made some early progress in rooting out the corruption and encouraging donor support.

In the early years of independence agriculture and the barter of goods dominated the economy. The Kenyan government had promoted intensive economic growth through public investments, smallholder agricultural production and private industrial investment.

In 2006, the agricultural sector accounted for only 16.3% of the country's GDP which was the lowest in comparison to the other sectors. Agriculture forms the basis of the country's economy and employs over 80 % of the population. Over 50 percent of export revenues can be attributed to agricultural products. The major export commodities are tea, coffee, tobacco, cotton, sisal, pyrethrum, sisal, and cashew nuts. The key industries of Kenya are small-scale consumer goods like furniture, batteries, textiles, plastic, soap, cigarettes, flour, oil refining, cement and tourism. The tourism industry in Kenya is the single largest export earner and forms an important basis of the country's economy. The services sector is the highest contributor in the country's GDP. In 2006, the services sector had accounted for 65% of the total GDP.

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The subsistence agriculture and the barter of goods were the foundation of the Kenyan economy in the early days of independence. Agricultural exports majorly tea and coffee, brought in substantial income from foreign exchange. Democracy newly established, the Kenyan government began to promote a mixed economy composed of both privately-owned and state-run businesses.............Read More



The Government of Kenya is trying to increase the role of private sector in the economy. The industrialization in the nation has put into place a policy frame-work to foster the creation of a conducive environment for private sector participation in the economic development. ..........Read More





Apex Bodies

Eastern and Southern Africa Business Organization

Eastern and Southern Africa Trade Promotion and Training Centre

Export Promotion Council

Kenya Association of Manufacturers


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Trade Fairs

Kenya Fashion Expo

Auto Kenya

Kenya Food Expo

Kenya Tourism Expo


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Useful Information


Eastern and Southern Africa Trade Promotion and Training Centre :


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