Kenya’s economy appears to be doing rather well, despite the recent social and political upheaval. Its GNI per capita has increased from 460 US $ in 2005 to 820 US $ in 2012.
However its business climate has gone from 68th place in the WB Doing Business ranking in 2006 to 121st in 2012. In some ways, conditions have improved: starting a business used to take 13 procedures and 54 days in 2005, as against 10 procedures and 32 days in 2012.
On other scores, conditions have worsened: a Kenyan entrepreneur trying to enforce a contract needed 360 days involving 25 procedures in 2005, as against 465 days and 44 procedures in 2012.
Kenyan employers’ national and international interests are being represented by the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE), member of the International Organisation of Employers. DECP undertook a first fact-finding mission to Kenya in 2007 and has been working with the FKE since then. DECP and FKE signed a partnership agreement in December 2008.
In their cooperation FKE and DECP have focussed i.a. on a comprehensive strategy to increase FKE’s income, on enhancing its services and the communication with its members, on strengthening its regional network as well as developing its research and advocacy capacity.