Kenya is an East African country with the population of 53.5M, located on the coast of the Indian Ocean on the equator. Borders Somalia, Ethiopia and South Sudan on the north, Uganda on the west and Tanzania on the south. The Republic of Kenya, with the capital city of Nairobi, remains the 3rd biggest economy of Sub-Saharan Africa. Kenya, with its biggest port of Mombasa, remains an important trade centre that connects continental Africa, Arabian Peninsula and India. If you want to know more about the chances and challenges that await you in Kenya, click here.
Currently Kenya is seen as a financial, communicative and logistic centre of Eastern Africa. The main trading partners of the country are China, India, Uganda, Tanzania and UAE.
Agricultural lands covers 15% of Kenyan territory, but the agriculture is a dominant branch of the economy. The country has no significant fossil resources. The basic mineral mined in Kenya is washing soda from the coast of Magadi Lake. The Kenyan yield is responsible for 4% of global production of this compound. Other minerals and metals are also mined, including limestone, gold, salt, niobium, fluorite and fossil fuels, but the total value of mining industry is estimated for 1% GDP.
Kenya is best known for its’ tea, coffee, tobacco and cut flowers cultivation, well developed thanks to the oceanic equatorial climate. The country also puts a great effort in the preservation of the wild environment by creating 27 large national parks and 34 reserves, with the best known Masai Mara and Nairobi National Park. The savanna, Great Rift Valley and Mt. Kenya, the second highest peak of the continent (5199 m AMSL) attract the tourists, amateurs of safari, hiking or off-road. Because of the natural richness and many monuments from the Arabic and British colonial period, the tourism is second (after agriculture) most valued branch of the country.
After proclaiming the independence from the Great Britain in 1963, Kenya became a presidential republic and accessed to the international organisations, like UN, WB, IMF, COMESA, WTO et al.