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Published: 04 Nov 2019 16:24

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Kenya: Kenya whets investor appetite with Special Economic Zone

Kenya has unveiled a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in its latest move to lure investors into supporting the country’s industrial growth. Located at the coastal city of Mombasa, the Dongo Kundu Special Economic Zone launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta over the weekend is designed to be a multi-sectoral zone comprising of Industrial Parks, Free Trade Zones, Free Port, Dongo ...

Source: The Exchange (General) (20 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya: Kenya’s flower industry can retain its global lustre

Last year, a CNN report hailed Kenya’s flowers as some of the best in the world, describing with relish the “boldest shades of roses, from a glossy red to a bright yellow and even a vivid pink”. The report attributed the country’s flower power to Kenya’s sunny climate, which enables high quality blos­soms to be grown all year round with­out the need for ex­pen­sive green­houses ...

Source: Kenya 24 News (30 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya: Nuclear regulator expected by year-end

Kenya expects to have a nuclear regulatory agency in place by year-end as a draft law establishing the legal and regulatory framework for nuclear power progresses through parliament, according to Nuclear Power and Energy Agency chief executive Collins Juma. “The bill has gone through the first and second reading and is awaiting the third reading. ...

Source: Africa Energy (Power) (28 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya: We need more interventions to save manufacturing

By BITANGE NDEMO Last week, my article on this column highlighted grave issues that are contributing to the imminent collapse of manufacturing sector in Kenya. The sector’s contribution to GDP has dropped from a high of 15 percent to the current 7.4 percent. I decided to find out what is going on and sought the views of experts in the ...

Source: Daily Nation (28 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya, UK: UK to partner with Kenyan Fintech companies to increase financial inclusion

The Lord Mayor of the City of London Peter Estlin, announced £10 million of UK Aid support towards the Catalyst Fund during a visit to Nairobi. His visit comes ahead of the first UK-Africa Investment Summit next year, which will bring together businesses, governments and international institutions to encourage investment ...

Source: Africa Newsroom (24 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Banking/financial services

East Africa, Kenya:  EA Targets Pension Funds to Spur Capital Markets

The lack of engagement in local stock markets by institutional investors is one of the reasons why the stock markets in Africa are not as vibrant. The third edition of the Africa Financial Markets Index released last Wednesday says that that although capital markets in Africa are projecting a collective progression towards a more robust and investment-supporting ...

Source: The East African (30 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Economy/markets

Kenya:  IMF Africa Lauds Efforts Made By Kenya in Anti-Graft War

Nairobi — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Director for African Department, Abebe Selassie has commended President Uhuru Kenyatta for spearheading the war against corruption, saying Kenya is on the right path. Abebe said the IMF is satisfied with the stable economic growth that averages between 5.5 percent and 6.0 percent as a result of the ongoing fiscal ...

Source: Capital FM (29 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya: NJOROGE: Kenya’s demonetisation: A step in the fight against corruption

On September 30, 2019, the withdrawal of the old series Ksh1,000 ($10) notes was successfully concluded. This demonetisation commenced on June 1, 2019, following the launch of Kenya’s new generation notes. The new notes symbolise green energy, agriculture, social services, tourism and governance, that are the drivers of a reborn and prosperous Kenya. In deciding to ...

Source: The East African (27 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya: Puzzle of Kenyans’ empty pockets in a ‘thriving economy’

A two-kilogram packet of maize flour has hit Sh135, the highest price in the last three years, making the cost of living the biggest pain point in an increasingly bad economy for the poor. Retailers and shopkeepers further away from major towns are now selling the same packet for as high as Sh140 due to transport costs. ...

Source: Daily Nation (29 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Energy

Kenya: KPLC picks Benard Ngugi as new CEO

The Board of Directors at Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) has announced the appointment of Bernard Ngugi as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of the Company with immediate effect. Prior to his appointment, Mr Ngugi was the Company’s General Manager in charge of Supply Chain. He takes over from Eng. Jared Othieno who has been the Acting Managing ...

Source: CIO East Africa (30 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Environment

Kenya: Solar e-waste: What is Kenya’s recycling, disposal strategy?

Solar school bags, solar energy-producing tiles on school rooftops, solar carports and even off-grid solar energy systems that have been feeding the national grid have placed Kenya on the world map, but behind the sheen, the country stares at an entirely new category of electronic waste - solar e-waste. Kenya has ...

Source: Daily Nation (23 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya:  Groundwater Supplies on Coast Must Be Managed for People and Industry

Industry is growing along Kenya's coast, and some of these companies - such as mining and agricultural companies - are water intensive. To meet their demand, most industries are turning to groundwater. Groundwater is a natural resource that exists beneath the earth's surface in soil pore spaces and in the fractures of rock formations. It can be stored in, or move ...

Source: The Conversation (23 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya:  Sonko Inks Deal With Danish Firm to Manage Industrial Polution in Nairobi

Nairobi — The Nairobi County Government has reached an agreement with two international agencies to address industrial pollution in the city. The agreement, signed with the Danish Environment Protection Agency and the 2030 Water Resources Group, an affiliate wing of the World Bank, will see Nairobi's solid waste better managed and sanitation in the city improved ...

Source: Capital FM (28 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya:  First Lady Margaret Kenyatta Calls for More Investment to Combat Climate Change

Nairobi — First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has called for increased investment in initiatives geared towards combating climate change. The First Lady urged all stakeholders including the private sector to work together in ensuring that technological innovations that are central to climate change resilience are affordable and reach the most vulnerable communities. ...

Source: Capital FM (29 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya:  Govt Issues Smart ID Cards to Protect Fishing and Forests

Lamu, Kenya — Fishing communities on Kenya's north coast will be the first to benefit from "smart" identity cards aimed at distinguishing genuine fishermen and loggers from poachers who raid waters and cut down mangroves vital to ease climate change threats. Each government-issued Mvuvi card - the word means "fisher" in Swahili - features a photo and fingerprint ...

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation (29 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Healthcare

Kenya: KNUN enrolls over 29,000 nurses on professional indemnity cover » Capital News

By Mary Thuo , NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 25– Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) has partnered with AAR insurance to cover over 29,000 nurses countrywide. According to the Union’s Secretary General Seth Panyako, the initiative will cover medical negligence cases, personal accident, school and home insurance.

Source: CapitalFM Kenya (News Kenya) (25 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Housing/real estate/construction

Kenya:  Sonko Accuses City Planners of 'Causing More Deaths Than Terrorists'

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has turned the heat on the national association of planners to tame errant members, accusing them of causing more deaths than terrorists. This comes after the Kenya Institute of Planners (KIP) - the umbrella body of professional planners in Kenya - had last month accused City Hall of unnecessary delays in the processing of development ...

Source: Nairobi News (24 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya:  Leverage On Technology to Meet Kenya's Construction Demand

As the Big 5 Construct Kenya returns this year with an upgraded education agenda featuring the all new 'Disruptive Technology Series', speakers from Google, Autodesk, AECOM, IBM, Microsoft4Afrika, among others are set to confer on the latest technology insights like drones Technology and Artificial Intelligence, to 3D Printing and Digital Design. In full, free education ...

Source: CIO East Africa (29 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Internet/technology/telecoms

Kenya:  Zuku Explains Major Internet Outage

Seacom on Wednesday said that the entire East African Coast was hit by a major network outage. The sub-sea cable system provider, reported an outage that affected some key services and internet service providers in Kenya and its region. One of the key service providers affected in Kenya was Zuku who informed their subscribers on social media. "We have an outage on ...

Source: Nairobi News (24 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya: Safaricom removes time limits on data bundles

Kenya’s biggest communication firm Safaricom on Wednesday abolished expiry dates on data packages it offers, in what it said was to celebrate 19 years in service. The move, however, was curious as it came in the mid of a class legal suit filed against Safaricom and two other telcos, Airtel and Telkom Kenya over consumer exploitation through bundles with use-by dates. The ...

Source: The East African (23 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya, Hungary:  Kenyan Firms Work With a Hungary Firm to Kick Cybercrimes Out of the Country

During the October Global Cybersecurity awareness month, ACPM has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Strathmore University, @iLabAfrica Centre and BCK Kenya to ensure safety for Kenyans to access the internet without having their data compromised. ACPM IT Consulting Ltd. an international consulting company also announced its expansion Consulting to Kenya. ...

Source: CIO East Africa (25 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Manufacturing

Kenya:  Panafrican Equipment Group Invests Ksh500 Million in New Kenyan Office, Eyes Market Growth

Panafrican Equipment Kenya Limited has announced the official opening of its new offices in Nairobi which will also double as its East Africa headquarters. This comes as the company eyes for mid and long term market growth and expansion opportunities in Kenya and East Africa. The firm, a subsidiary of the Panafrican Equipment Group ("PEG") is a recognized leader in ...

Source: CIO East Africa (24 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya: Factors affecting Kenya's manufacturing sector

 Lack of prioritization and ineffective implementation of policies have been cited for gravely impacting Kenya’s manufacturing sector. This came up during the high- level Manufacturer’s economic forum, organized by Kenya Association of Manufacturers, in Nairobi. According to a statement from the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) , the forum which ...

Source: The Exchange (General) (22 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya: State workers to wear ‘made in Kenya’ clothes on Fridays, public holidays

By The Citizen Reporter @TheCitizenTZ Nairobi. Government workers have been directed to wear Kenya-made African clothes on Fridays and public holidays in the latest onslaught on second hand (mitumba) imports. In a circular from the office of the Attorney General dated October 17, 2019, government staff have been asked to ensure the clothes are tailored to suit ...

Source: The Citizen (24 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Media

Kenya:  Multichoice Injects Kes.57b to Kenyan Economy Between Fy15/16 and Fy 18/19

MultiChoice, recently released an independent socio-economic impact report via Accenture documenting its contribution to the Kenyan economy as part of creating shared value and long-term commitment to Kenya. Accenture conducted the economic impact study outlining the $573.8M contribution MultiChoice Kenya has made directly and indirectly to the Kenyan GDP between the ...

Source: CIO East Africa (29 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Politics

Kenya: Samboja survives impeachment as Senate says charges by County Assembly unsubstantiated » Capital News

By LABAN WANAMBISI , NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 24 – Taita Taveta Governor Granton Samboja on Thursday survived impeachment after the Senate cleared him of all the charges made against him by Members of the County Assembly. The 11-member chaired by Embu Senate Njeru Ndwiga dismissed the charges leveled against the governor saying that it does not meet the constitutional ...

Source: CapitalFM Kenya (News Kenya) (24 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya: MUCEE: The legal minefield that is Kenya’s dual citizenship

As the debate about Mwende Mwinzi’s—a nominee for ambassadorship South Korea—dual nationality and her appointment rages on and drags through the corridors of justice, claims that more than a dozen parliamentarians could be be holding dual nationality have raised yet another storm. In both instances, there are enough views for and against Kenyans with this status, ...

Source: The East African (25 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya: EDITORIAL: Resolve KRA, NSSF row

The proposal to have Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) collect retirement contributions from employers on behalf of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) is worth considering given that the pension fund spends way too much money in collecting the money itself.

Source: Business Daily Africa (25 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya: County workers seek delayed implementation of new retirement law » Capital News

By JEMIMAH MUENI , NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 30 – Kenya County Government Workers Union (KCGWU) has demanded for the suspension of the County Governments Retirement Scheme (CGRS) Act, 2019, a new law assented by President Uhuru Kenyatta on September 18 until their concerns are addressed. KCGWU Secretary General Roba Duba on Wednesday said President Kenyatta was misled into ...

Source: CapitalFM Kenya (News Kenya) (30 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya: Mashujaa Day now masks rather than celebrate deserving history and heroes

By TEE NGUGI Mashujaa Day is Kenya’s national holiday marked on October 20 to recognise, honour and celebrate Kenya’s heroes Before the 2010 Constitution, it was known as Kenyatta Day. The name - Kenyatta - was supposed to be merely representative of all those who had struggled in various ways to bring about Kenya’s independence. But as the culture of a one-party dictatorship ...

Source: The East African (29 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Trade

Kenya:  Importers Oppose Kenyatta's Plan to Do Away With Used Cars

Vehicle importers are staring at bleak times ahead if President Uhuru Kenyatta's remarks on Friday are anything to go by. Mr Kenyatta affirmed his commitment to safeguarding local car assemblers against unfair competition and ensure a conducive environment for their businesses, adding that a new policy is expected in the next three weeks to restrict vehicle imports. ...

Source: Daily Nation (23 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya, Ethiopia: Ethiopia, Kenya to explore grain trade opportunities – New Business Ethiopia

October 21, 2019 October 21, 2019 Kenya and Ethiopia set to explore bilateral grain trade opportunities and investments to bridge cross border trade gap and enhance food security. A Kenyan delegation will convene in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 22nd to 25th October 2019 on a grain trade mission to explore business opportunities for grain trade ...

Source: New Business Ethiopia (Trade) (21 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya, China: Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Wu Peng addressed China-Kenya Investment Environment Presentation

Over 80 businesses and financial institutions from China and Kenyan local businesses, think tanks and media also attended. Amb. Wu Peng attended the China-Kenya Investment Environment Presentation co-hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, Keninvest, and the ITC on October 18th. MOFCOM Director General ...

Source: Africa Newsroom (29 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya, Russia:  Russia's Vladimir Putin Woos Kenya With Military Kit and Energy

Russian President Vladimir Putin pitched infrastructure, energy and military hardware opportunities to Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Moscow when he met African leaders on the last day of the Russia-Africa Economic Forum. Mr Putin who engaged Mr Kenyatta and other African leaders during the meeting in Sochi said Moscow is ready to support African countries to beef up ...

Source: Daily Nation (28 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya, Mauritius: Forget about DTAA, embrace tax incentives to bring investments

A recent court ruling declaring the Kenya-Mauritius Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) void has sent Kenya back to the negotiating table with Mauritius. The court’s judgment is based on the fact that the DTAA was not properly ratified under Kenyan law. The government argued that the treaty promotes investment and jobs; however, critics such as the Tax Justice ...

Source: The East African (25 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Transport

Kenya, Egypt: Egypt rolls out Ain Sokhna-Mombasa shipping line – minister

Egypt has launched a shipping line from Ain Sokhna Port to Mombasa Port in Kenya, Egypt's Minister of the Public Business Sector Hisham Tawfik said on Sunday. The line will offer a full range of transport and logistics services to global traders working with East African countries, Tawfik said during his participation in a conference on governance index in Africa that was ...

Source: Masress (22 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya: Kenya banks on Lamu Port to gain regional shipping hub status

By ALLAN OLINGO Kenya is betting on the multi-billion shilling Lamu Port to upset the power balance along Eastern Africa’s coast, setting Nairobi up for battle with the Port of Djibouti and the planned Bagamoyo harbour in Tanzania. The first berth of the Ksh32 billion ($320 million ) Lamu Port is set for official opening next month, with Kenya hoping to make it ...

Source: The Citizen (28 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya:  23 Meters Hived Off Uhuru Park for Nairobi Expressway Earmarked for Road Reserve - KeNHA

Nairobi — The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) has assured that Uhuru Park will not be affected by the construction of the Nairobi Expressway from Mlolongo to James Gichuru road. KeNHA on Thursday said twenty-three meters hived off the recreational park are part of a road reserve for the construction of Uhuru Highway. The sentiments follow concerns by ...

Source: Capital FM (25 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Women and youth

Kenya:  Data on Rural Woman's Control of Land Paints a Dismal Picture

Last Tuesday, a group of about 100 women from rural counties converged on the Christian Leadership Centre, otherwise known as Ufungamano House, in Nairobi for one of those rare moments when they get to "talk to the world" about what they do and, hopefully, be heard. While their live audience was really nothing to write home about in terms of numbers, that did not deter ...

Source: Daily Nation (23 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya:  The Power of the Purse Threatens Academic Freedom in Kenya's Universities

Academic freedom is the right enjoyed by university teachers to teach, research and write in their areas of expertise without fear of retribution by institutional powers or political authorities. In universities, academic freedom is desirable because their work is to search for truth, transmit knowledge and, often, speak truth to power. Constraints on this freedom ...

Source: The Conversation (26 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya, Germany:  'She Showed How Much You Can Move With Good Ideas'

She is an IT pioneer, entrepreneur, women's rights activist: In Berlin, Kenyan Juliana Rotich was honored by German Chancellor Angela Merkel with this year's German Africa Prize. For Chancellor Angela Merkel, it was a pleasant reunion. During the German G20 Presidency in 2017, she had noticed a dedicated Kenyan on a panel discussion: Juliana Rotich. Now, two years ...

Source: Deutsche Welle (25 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya:  African, Asian MPs Recommit to Transforming the Lives of All, Especially Women and Girls

Members of Parliament from Asia and East and Southern Africa committed to intensifying their efforts to improve the livelihoods of all, especially women and girls, and to ensure that in their respective communities, women and girls are empowered, respected, protected from gender-based violence, and able to make informed ... Commitments made will inform the upcoming Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 in Nairobi, Kenya from 12-14 November.

Source: UNFPA East and Southern Africa (29 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Other

Kenya:  Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya's Shining Icon

The Kenyan wrote his name in the history books after becoming the first man to finish a marathon in under two hours. His feat has endeared him to his countrymen, who worship at his altar. Nairobi, Kenya DATE: 25 Oct 2019 Eliud Kipchoge is the latest god in a Kenyan culture that worships its sports heroes. In the 1960s, shortly after gaining political independence, ...

Source: New Frame (25 Oct 2019 )  Share

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Kenya, Somalia:  Al-Shabaab Raids Police Station in Kenya, Kills Members Detained By Police

Somalia-based rag-tag militia Al-Shaabab on Tuesday evening staged an attack on Dadajabula Police Station in Wajir, some 683 kilometres from the capital Nairobi. A local administrator told the Nation that the gunmen attacked the station located 13 kilometres from the Somalia border with heavy artillery, including rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs). The government ...

Source: Dalsan Radio (30 Oct 2019 )  Share

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