· Market-based economy with some state owned infrastructure.
· Economy heavily dependent on Rain-fed agriculture and Tourism rendering it vulnerable to variations in weather and volume of tourists.
· Economy has picked up recently (2004) in terms of growth rate, after a decade of consistently decreasing growth rates.
· However, rise in population in interceding years has increased the number of poor in the country.
· Very corrupt bureaucracy and government (amongst the dozen most corrupt in the world).
· AIDS incidence is also a major factor in impeding the progress of the economy.

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· Services (mainly Tourism) accounts for more than 60% of the GDP.
· On the other hand, Agriculture accounts for only 15% of the total GDP.
· Principal Cash crops are tea, horticultural produce and coffee, with the former two products garnering the highest export revenue.
· Agriculture provides the livelihood for 75% of the population but contributes to only 15% of the GDP. This is a symptom of the high income inequality prevalent in Kenya.
· The Mining industry contributes less than 1% of the total GDP. This is so because Kenya has very poor mineral deposits.
· Manufacturing accounts for only 14% of the GDP despite Kenya having being the most industrialized East African country. Insufficient energy reserves and transportaion infrastructure are the main bottlenecks.
· UK and USA are the biggest investors in Kenya’s industies, in that order.
· Most industries in Kenya manufacture food products.
· Hydroelectric power meets most of Kenya’s electricity requirements. Due to the high incidence of drought, this source of power is not dependable.
· Kenya has no Oil Resources and the oil imports account for 25% of Kenya’s import bill.
Quick Facts

· Exchange Rate: 1 USD ~ 80 Kenyan Shillings