Kenya – Fact Sheet

Introduction

Kenya opened its mission in Pakistan way back in 1983. The two countries enjoy warm and cordial relation. Pakistan is the largest importer of Kenyan tea, thus making tea the leading export-earner for Kenya.

Kenya has since opened an Honorary Consulate in Karachi in 2000. Some of the salient features of Kenya’s Foreign Policy include:

  • Developing and maintaining friendly relations with all peace loving states.
  • Promoting and enhancing bilateral and multilateral economic and trade cooperation and ensuring that benefits accruing from there are maximized.
  • Promoting good neighborliness and supporting regional and Sub-regional economic Integration arrangements which form the bases for economic transformation of the country.
  • Representation has shifted emphasis significantly from traditional diplomacy to enhanced economic diplomacy. The move is geared towards spurring both economies to a new level of accelerated growth.

Profile of Kenya

The Republic of Kenya

Presidential system

H.E. Hon Uhuru Kenyatta C.G.H President and Commander in Chief of Defence Forces of the Republic of Kenya

12th December, 1963.

Nairobi is the capital city and seat of the Government situated 500 Kilometers from the main coastal port-town of Mombasa in the Indian Ocean.

The total territorial area (both land and water) of the country is 582, 646 square Kilometers

The population of Kenya is approximately 44.5M (2013) and the estimate annual growth is 2.0%.

There is no State religion although the majority of Kenyans profess Christianity. Other religions include Muslims and Hindus.

Both English and Kiswahili are the official languages of communication while Kiswahili is the national Language. There are several indigenous languages in use in Kenya.

Kenya has a moderate tropical weather/climate throughout the year due to its location along the Equator. Kenya enjoys favorable temperate climate which varies from tropical south, west, and central regions to arid and semi-arid north and north eastern areas.

The economic development potential and growth prospects are quite promising. The chief minerals include gold, Soda ash, fluorspar and lime stone.

Kenya is basically an agriculture-based economy. Agriculture is the most important sector of the economy, employing nearly 30 percent of the labor force and providing more than 50 percent of the nation’s exports. The other divisions of the sector (horticulture, livestock, fisheries) too, are well thriving.

With a relatively strong industrial base the economy has enhanced labor intensive export-oriented industries. This covers small-scale, consumer goods, textile and clothing, agricultural produce processing, oil refining, cement etc.

Tourism is another major industry in Kenya. The country’s rich endowment in natural and cultural heritage offers a competitive advantage over her competitors in the industry. Kenya’s pleasant climate and magnificent game parks attract visitors from all over the world. Kenya is committed to promoting and expanding new products and packages and additional services the tourists require.

These include wood, natural trees, minerals such as Soda ash, fluorspar, the Great Rift Valley, Snow Capped Mountains (e.g. Mounty Kenya).

The Chief exports are tea, coffee, flowers, petroleum products, etc e.t.c

The main imports cover Machinery and transportation equipment, consumer goods, petroleum products etc.

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is 6%. The GDP per capita income is $1136 (2014) estimates.

Transportation system is mainly by road, rail, water and air travel. Kenya boasts for a moderately sophisticated transport infrastructure connectivity serving both rural and urban areas as well as linking with her neighbors.

1 Kenyan Shilling =  Pk 1.15

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Public Holidays

  • New Year’s Day – 01 January
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Monday
  • Labor Day – 01 May
  • Madaraka Day – 01 June
  • Mashujaa Day – 20 October
  • Jamhuri (Independence) Day – 12 December
  • Christmas – 25 December
  • Boxing Day – 26 December
  • Idd – ul – Fitr

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