Manufacturing in Kenya Under the ‘Big 4 Agenda’

A Sector Deep Dive Report

It is a stylized fact that very few countries in the world have realized high economic growth rates and incomes without the manufacturing sector playing a pivotal role. Manufacturing industry in crucial engine for sustaining economic growth and development, job creation and poverty alleviation. Historically, manufacturing sector’s contribution to the economy in Kenya has stagnated at around 10% of the gross domestic product (GDP) and was about 8.4% in 2017. There is renewed interest in the manufacturing sector through the Big 4 Agenda which seeks to increase the GDP contribution of the sector to 15% by 2022.


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