Ministry Milestones

Expansion of Export Processing Zones and Special Economic Zones

Description Initiation of multiple programmes aimed at expanding the Export Processing Zones and the Special Economic Zones with the aim of growing the Manufacturing Sector in the country and other local industries
2013
Export Processing Zones 
  • Companies in the EPZs have minimal access to domestic market due to unfavourable policies 
  • 47 Export Processing Zones in 10 counties 
  • 82 Operational enterprises valued at Kshs.39bn
  • 165,070 square feet Industrial Space for textile and apparel development 
Special Economic Zones (SEZ)
  • No SEZ Law existed
  • No SEZs existed
Current Status
Export Processing Zones 
  • Companies in the Export Promotion Zones (EPZA's) to sell up to 20 per cent of their production in the domestic market, without paying duties
  • 59 Export Processing Zones in 20 counties covered
  • 130 Operational enterprises valued at Kshs.74 billion (90% growth)
  • 635,826 square feet Industrial Space (fully serviced with roads, water and sewer) for textile and apparel development 
  • EPZs now support up to 572,000 indirect and direct jobs 
Special Economic Zones (SEZ)
  • SEZ Act, 2015 enacted and SEZ regulations to operationalize law rolled out
  • Feasibility and master planning for Dongo Kundu SEZ finalized. Process to identify and negotiate with potential developer ongoing
  • 10 applications for development of SEZ by the private sector already received by Ministry 
  • Establishment of an SEZ Authority ongoing 
  • Identification and acquisition of land for industrial parks along SGR corridor is ongoing
Progress Export Processing Zones 
  • 100% increase in the coverage of operational Export Processing Zones in the Country 
  • 90% growth in operational enterprises in the EPZs
  • 285% growth of industrial space available to support setting up of textile and apparel industry players
Special Economic Zones (SEZ)
  • Operationalization of the Special Economic Zones by identifying location and necessary inputs for the SEZs
Impact
  • Increased exports volumes 
  • Creation of employment opportunities 
  • Attraction of new investors, creating linkages and opportunities for local suppliers
    • Enhanced economic activities across the country 
    • Increased local investments 
    • Enhanced competitiveness of industries and attracting new investments

Expansion of Export Processing Zones and Special Economic Zones

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