Ministry Milestones

Enhance Ease of Doing Business

Description The Index measures improvements in domestic regulations which support economic growth. Lower numerical values indicate higher ranking.
  • Kenya was ranked 136/189 overall 
    • Ranked 100th in protecting minority investors 
    • Ranked 149th in enforcing contracts 
    • Ranked 100th on resolving insolvency 
  • Archaic business laws
  • Kenya received a total inflow of USD 400 million Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in 2013
  • Inadequate infrastructure investments leading to poor business environment e.g., centralised provision of government services 
Current Status
  • The 2017 rankings where Kenya was ranked 92/189 overall 
    • Ranked 87th in protecting minority investors 
    • Ranked 87th in enforcing contracts 
    • 92nd on resolving insolvency
  • New Secured Transactions Law under development
  • Kenya was among the economies that improved the most in 2014/2015 and has been the 3rd most improved country in the world for two years in a row
  • Kenya has introduced new business laws aimed at improving the ease of doing business e.g. New Companies, Insolvency and Business Registration Services Laws. 
  • Kenya has made significant infrastructural investments aimed at improving the business environment in the country
  • Massive growth of FDI over the past 3 years to top USD 1.9 billion as of 2016
  • Over 1,500 medium and large sized companies had set up shop in Kenya by December 2016 some of which are listed below:

Company Name Activity Amount Location
GZ Industries Largest Aluminum Can manufacturing company in Africa Amount Undisclosed Sultan Hamud
DOW A global company manufacturing over 6,000 chemical products with presence in 35 Countries set-up regional office Amount Undisclosed Kenya
Honeywell Fortune 500 company set up Regional office Amount Undisclosed Kenya
Volkswagen Motor vehicle assembly  of VW brand of cars Amount Undisclosed Thika
Peugeot Made a come back to Assemble Peugeot 308 & 305 Amount Undisclosed Kenya
Golden Africa New player in the edible oils business Amount Undisclosed Kenya
Wrigley Investing in new plant KSh 6B Machakos
MRM Set up the best colour coating line in Africa   Kenya
BASF Global giant in chemicals manufacturing Amount Undisclosed Kenya
Two Rivers Mall Two Rivers mall ,largest in sub-saharan Africa opened in 2017 KSh 26B Nairobi
BIDCO New Detergent factory opened KSh 1.5B Thika
Keroche Breweries New Plant KSh 5B Naivasha
ABM Double Life Batteries Battery Manufacturing; Expanded production by investing in additional line KSh 200M Kenya
East Africa Cables Increased construction sector opportunities KSh 500M Kenya
AVIC Group Kenya Africa Headquarters under construction $500M Kenya
EABL Expansion KSh 35B Kenya
8 New Sugar Millers West Kenya- Olepito Busia;  Busia Sugar Factory, West- Kenya Bungoma (Naikiri), Kwale International Sugar Company, Dominion Sugar; Amount Undisclosed Kenya
Twyford Ceramics first ever Ceramic manufacturing company Amount Undisclosed Kenya
Zhonga Asia Africa Hotels Co. Lodges, catering & conference facilities KSh 230M Narok
Honda Motor Southern Africa (PTY) Ltd Assembly of motorvehicles KSh 1.4B Nairobi
Top Steel (Kenya) Ltd Manufacture of steel & allied products for construction KSh 1.2B Machakos
Cummins Co-Generation (K) Ltd Power generation KSh 1.3B Baringo
JKUAT Nissin Foods Ltd Manufacture of noodles KSh 425M Juja
Longonot Gate Development Ltd Management of fully serviced plots KSh 4.3B Naivasha
Ananas Holdings Limited Building & construction KSh 300M Thika
NCP Paper Mill Ltd Manufacture of paper KSh 3.5B Thika
Optiven Ltd Real estate development KSh 2.1B Nairobi
Just Plastics Ltd Plastic manufacturing KSh 120M Kikuyu
Kilimall International Limited building online shopping platform KSh 14M Nairobi
Uber Kenya Ltd Providing marketing and support services for Taxi Business KSh 9M Nairobi
Infinity Industrial Park Establish industrial park with all amenities facilities KSh 6.3B Nairobi
China Zhong Tian Investment Ltd Build  Tourist hotels KSh 860M Nairobi
Majid Al Futtaim Hypermarkets Operate retail supermarket KSh 140M Nairobi
The Foschini Group Kenya Limited Fashion Retail KSh 343M Nairobi
Choppies Enterprises Kenya Limited Selling consumer goods KSh 400M Nairobi
Toyota Tsusho East Africa Ltd Overseeing Investment Projects in Automobiles, energy, Infrustructure KSh 999M Nairobi
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd Geothermal Power Generation KSh 472.31M Nairobi
Accurate Steel Ltd Steel manufacturing KSh 770M Nairobi
Bhachu Industries Ltd Manufacture of trailers KSh 1.1B Nairobi
Mabati Rolling Mills Limited Manufacture of Pre-Painted Colour Coated Steel KSh 191M Nairobi
Vs Hydro Limited Construction of hydro power KSh 35M Nyeri
Bechtel Engineering, Procurement & Construction Amount Undisclosed Nairobi
  • Kenya has moved 37 places in the ease of doing business ranking between 2013 and 2017.
    • Moved 13 positions in protection of investors 
    • Moved 62 positions in enforcement of contracts 
    • Moved 8 positions in resolving insolvency
  • Kenya experienced a 375% growth in FDI between 2013 and 2015
  • Major automotive brands have set up in Kenya : 
    • Volkswagen, plans to assemble 5,000 cars per year
    • Peugeot plans to assemble 5 models in Kenya
    • Toyota seeks to expand their assembly plant in Kenya from the current 2,400 vehicles annually
    • Ashok Leyland is setting up shop with annual capacity to assemble 1,200 buses 
  • Increased skilled employment opportunities 
  • Increased investments in local industries 
  • Increased Government revenues through taxes 
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