Habari, dear Community!
To understand why our team is so excited about the country of Kenya, Africa and its diverse culture - we want to inform you from now on at regular intervals about the country and the continent of Africa.
Our goal is to provide readers and project supporters with interesting articles on these topics. We want to share with you, our community, in short exciting reports the experiences that we have made during our research stay in Kenya as well as in future through our planned solar projects.
Kenya has one of the largest economies in East Africa - and is a key economic and political hub on the continent. Kenya has developed very dynamically and its industry sectors are globally oriented. In the past few years, researchers and leaders from all over the world came to Kenya to witness the rise of an emerging country.
A total of 48 million people live in Kenya, of which 3.1 million live in the capital Nairobi. The two national languages include Kiswahili and English. With a gross domestic product of $ 74.9 billion*, the country has the most powerful economy in the EAC (East African Community), which includes Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Agriculture is one of the most important sectors of the economy - agricultural products such as tea and coffee are among the main exports of Kenya. Despite the fact that agriculture still has a relatively high share of GDP (around 30%), Nairobi has become in recent years an emerging technology hub, which has spawned innovations such as mobile payment technologies covering a wide range of industries in East Africa. Global technology companies from the USA, China and Europe have regarded Kenya since then as a pioneer and figurehead in the field of digital mobile payments. The variety of innovations and foreign investments pushed the development to achieve constant growth rates – above the continental averge 4.6% – of more than 5% since 2010.
We will continue to report in detail on the topics of innovation and entrepreneurship in Kenya in upcoming blogs (e.g as innovative companies M-Pesa and M-Kopa)
Compared to other East African countries, the country is characterized by its relatively stable political system. Kenya is a presidential republic in which the president has extensive executive powers. The new constitution adopted in 2010 strengthened the separation of power between the government and parliament and largely decentralized the state structure. Since 2013, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is president.
Growing innovative sectors of the economy, notably in renewable energy or mobile technology sectors in Kenya, as well as reforms such as the government's "2030 Kenya vision" – make the country a promising future industrialized nation.
Exactly this -
The political stability, the promotion of the private sector and the great potential of solar energy in Kenya made it easy for our organization in the decision-making process to choose Kenya as our main hub for our projects in Africa. *
*2017 according to World Bank **A government-led development strategy that will transform Kenya into an industrialized middle-income country by 2030, guaranteeing all citizens a high quality of life.