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Syllabus of the Subject: Foreign Trade and Business in Kenya, Nairobi, and Mombasa

  1. Introduction to the Republic of Kenya (East Africa)
  2. Economy of Kenya
  3. Kenyan International Trade (Import, Export)
  4. Port of Mombasa
  5. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Kenya
  6. Business Opportunities in Kenya:
    1. Agro-Processing
    2. Horticulture
    3. Manufacturing
    4. Knowledge Industry
    5. Infrastructure
  7. Case Study: Kenyan Businessman
    1. Naushad N. Merali
    2. Bhimji Depar Shah
  8. Case Study: Kenyan companies
    1. General Motors East Africa
    2. REA Vipingo
    3. East African Breweries
  9. Access to the Kenyan Market
  10. Business Plan for Kenya

The purposes of the Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in the Republic of Kenya” are the following:

  1. To analyse the Kenyan Economy and Foreign Trade (Import, Export, FDI)
  2. To know the business opportunities in the Republic of Kenya
  3. To explore the Kenyan trade relations with the country of the student
  4. To know the Kenyan Free Trade Agreements
  5. To examine the profile of Kenyan businesspeople and companies
  6. To develop a business plan for the Kenyan Market
The Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in Kenyabelongs to the following Online Higher Education Programs taught by EENI Global Business School:
  1. Doctorates: African Business, World Trade
  2. Diploma: Business in East Africa
  3. Masters: Business in Africa, International Business, Foreign Trade

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  1. Credits of the Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in Kenya”: 3 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: three weeks

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Sample of the Subject - Doing Business in Kenya:
Naushad N. Merali, Kenyan Muslim Businessman (Master Business Kenya)

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Description of the Subject: Foreign Trade and Business in Kenya.

Transport and Logistics in Kenya
  1. Port of Mombasa
  2. Trans-African Corridors
    1. Northern Corridor
    2. Cairo-Kenya-Gaborone Corridor
    3. Lagos-Mombasa (Kenya) Corridor
  3. Asia-Africa Growth Corridor

Kenyan Preferential Access and Free Trade Agreements

  1. Kenya and the East African Economic Area
  2. Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
    1. COMESA-EAC-SADC Free Trade Agreement (FTA)
  3. Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
  4. East African Community (EAC)
  5. African Continental Free-Trade Area (AfCFTA)
  6. Indian-Ocean Rim Association (IORA)
  7. Africa-European Union Strategic Partnership (Cotonou Agreement)
  8. Kenya-United States
    1. African Growth and Opportunity Act (U.S. AGOA)
    2. East African Community-U.S. Agreement
    3. COMESA-United States Trade and Investment Framework Agreement
  9. Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)
  10. International Conference on the Great Lakes Region
  11. Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)

International Trade Facilitation Programs

  1. World Trade Organisation (WTO)
    1. Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS)
    2. Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement)
    3. Agreement on Preshipment Inspection
    4. Agreement on Safeguards (SG)
    5. Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA)
  2. World Customs Organisation (WCO)
    1. Revised Kyoto Convention
  3. Convention Relating to Temporary Admission (Istanbul Convention)
  4. International Maritime Organisation (IMO)
  5. Hamburg Rules
  6. Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM / IATA)
  7. Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (African Union)
  8. Customs Convention on Containers (CCC) - not a member


  1. Borders of the Republic of Kenya: Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan
  2. Kenyan Population: 44 million people
    1. Bantu
  3. Kenyan Area: 582,650 square kilometres
  4. Capital of Kenya: Nairobi (4 million)
  5. The largest Kenyan cities: Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kehancha, Ruiru
  6. Official Languages of Kenya: English and Swahili
  7. Currency: Kenyan shilling (KES)
  8. Government Type: Presidential Republic
  9. Kenya became independent from the United Kingdom (December 1963)
  10. Abolition of Slavery in Kenya: 1907
  11. Kenyan historians
    1. Bethwell Allan Ogot
    2. Ali Al'amin Mazrui

Port of Mombasa, Kenya. Gateway to Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, and Tanzania (Maritime Transport Course)

More information about Kenya (African Portal - EENI Global Business School).

We Trust in Africa (EENI African Portal)

Religions in Kenya:

  1. African Traditional Religions
  2. Christians (83%)
    1. Protestant (48%)
    2. Catholic (23%)
  3. Islam (11%, 4 million people)
    1. Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence): Shafi
  4. Hinduism: 1% of the population

Kenya belongs to the East African Economic Area (African Civilisation).

Bhimji Depar Shah, Kenyan Businessman (Master Business Kenya) Bidco Group (largest Kenyan Conglomerates)

Kenyan Economy

Kenya: an African frontier market, one of the African economic engines, and the largest East African Economy.

  1. Kenya is one of the leading economies in East Africa
  2. Kenya is an African frontier market
  3. The strategic location of Kenya and its well-developed business infrastructure make it a natural choice for the foreign investors and international companies
  4. The largest source of revenue is tourism
  5. The main Kenyan crops are tea and coffee (30% of the GDP)
  6. The Port of Mombasa is the largest in the region
  7. Kenya is the financial and logistics hub of East Africa
  8. Kenyan GDP growth: 4.9% (2013), 5.7% (2014)
  9. Under the Economic Recovery Strategy for Wealth and Employment Creation, various reforms have been affected, and these have had a total positive effect on the economy of Kenya
  10. The vision 2030 of the Kenyan Government provides the entire Policy Framework that should lead Kenya to attain the status of a newly industrialised nation by the year 2030.
  11. Kenyan agricultural sector contributes 24% of the gross domestic product and 19% of the formal wage employment
  12. 60% of all households are occupied in farming activities, and 84% of rural households keep livestock
  13. Kenyan manufacturing industry hit 4.1%, construction industry, 3.5%, wholesale and retail trade, repairs, 9.5%, tourism and hotels, 15.1% and Transport and communication at 9.7%.
  14. Kenyan manufacturing sector contributes 10% of the gross domestic product and accounts for 14% of the wage employment, mainly in food and wood processing, beverages, textiles and garments, furniture, and fabricated metal

General Motors East Africa is placed in Nairobi (Kenya) and serves the East African region covering Burundi, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The largest Sisal fibre manufacturer in Africa, the REA Vipingo Group is a well established agricultural business, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange and owns and operates a flourishing sisal business, whose activities include:

  1. Cultivation
  2. Manufacture
  3. Spinning and
  4. Sisal fibre and sisal products exports

Foreign Trade of Kenya.

  1. Kenya exports textiles and garments to the United States under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (preferential international trade arrangement)
  2. Most of the Kenyan exports go to the regional markets of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), particularly to Uganda, Tanzania, and Rwanda
  3. Top Kenyan export market destinations: The European Union (EU), Eastern Europe, the Middle East, America, Far East, Australia, and Southeast Asia
  4. The African region is the largest export market destination followed by Europe

Kenya Vipingo

Kenyan Institutions and Agreements:

Kenya is a member of the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation and has multiple regional trade agreements. As a result, Kenya has undertaken substantial trade liberalisation initiatives within the World Trade Organisation framework, including the Most-favoured-nation tariff reduction, quantitative restrictions removal, business environment optimisation and Trade Facilitation at the regional level.

Kenya is signatory to the Cotonou Partnership Agreement in 2000, which provided for non-reciprocal trade between the European Union and the Africa Caribbean and the Pacific countries.

The Cotonou Agreement has been succeeded by a World Trade Organisation cooperative reciprocal trade arrangement, the Economic partnership agreements beginning January 2008.

Furthermore, Kenya is a member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, the East Africa Community and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.

Kenya is a beneficiary of trade preferential schemes, including the Generalised System of Preferences with some industrialised countries, trade and Investment Framework Agreement and the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) with the United States.

COMESA Custom Union

Bethwell Allan Ogot (Historian, Kenya) His works on the African history

Kenya is a member of:

  1. African Union (AU)
  2. New Partnership for Africa (NEPAD)
  3. African Development Bank
  4. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  5. United Nations (UN)
  6. World Bank (WB)
  7. World Trade Organisation (WTO)
  8. International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Samples - Business in Kenya

East African Community (EAC), Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Burundi

Kenya Business

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