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Kenya economic update : running on one engine - Kenya's uneven economic performance with a special focus on the port of Mombasa (Inglês)

Kenya has entered a new decade with renewed momentum for strong and sustained growth. Being part of Africa's strong recovery after the global crisis and a regional leader in services, Kenya has high hopes for a strong economic performance during this new decade. After two years low growth, the World Bank projects 4.0 percent growth in 2010 which means that most Kenyans will again experience an improvement in their living conditions. To achieve and sustain high growth over the next decade, Kenya will need to address its economic imbalances, avoid domestic shocks, and manage the impacts of future external crises. The theme of this second Kenya economic update, "running on one engine", reflects the structural imbalance of Kenya's current economy-Kenya's strong engine is domestic consumption; its weak engine is exports. In order to restart the export engine, Kenya will need to address a number of issues, especially the infrastructure deficit. The port of Mombasa for example, is Kenya's most important and concentrated infrastructure asset. As the special focus section of this report concludes, the port needs substantial reform and upgrading to reach international standards and to meet the demands of a growing and increasingly integrated East African Community.




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