Kenya Business Guide (KBG)
The Kenya Business Guide (KBG) is an initiative by the Hanns Seidel Foundation Kenya and the Delegation of German Industry & Commerce in Kenya in cooperation with its partners Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and Rödl & Partner.
KBG as an online portal, serves as a simple tool and guide for both Kenyan entrepreneurs and foreign investors and companies on how to set up a business in Kenya.
This step-by-step guide takes you through the practical steps on how to successfully establish a Company in Kenya and do so while complying with the relevant regulatory framework.
We will be publishing a corresponding printed version. Both this portal and the printed version aim to facilitate and simplify the steps needed to set up a business in Kenya. All online information will be continuously updated as and when changes to the processes occur.
Due to high mobile phone usage and penetration in Kenya, the online platform is also easily accessible by mobile phone.
Our goals are as follows:
- To outline and clarify the regulatory requirements and assist users in understanding how to successfully set up a business in Kenya;
- To provide clear and credible information about the processes, licenses, authorities, timescales and costs of each step required;
- To make the process accessible and understandable for both Kenyans and Foreigners seeking to set up a business in Kenya;
- To provide up to date and valuable information for non-Kenyan Companies considering access to the Kenyan market;
- To facilitate access by previously neglected groups, such as young Kenyans interested in starting their own companies; and
- To support local and foreign entrepreneurs seeking to trade in Kenya; to promote the ease of doing business in Kenya, thereby also promoting Kenya’ overall economic growth.
This in-depth guide covers the following:
- Various changes and reforms to legislation affecting the process and licensing required to open a Company in Kenya;
- Most of the amendments and reforms that were introduced by Kenya’s new Companies Act in 2015. Such new legislation is incorporated into this Guide; and
- Information regarding the new contact centres (due to the devolution process), new regulations and newly required documents as well as helpful links to the relevant websites of the various regulatory authorities involved in the processes