Countries Pavilion


MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY IN EAST AFRICA
 
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Kenya

  • Largest manufacturing Industry in East Africa 11%

  • Agro Sector major component

  • Economic growth is projected to accelerate to 5.7% in 2014 from 5.9%

  • Stable economy and single digit inflation are positive indicators




 
Tanzania

  • Projected to grow by 7% in 2014 and 2015,

  • Driven by transport, communications, manufacturing and agriculture and supported by public investment in infrastructure.







 
Uganda

  • GDP growth projected to reach 6.6% in 2014 from 5.3%

  • Share of manufacturing in GDP 7%

  • Dominated by small and medium enterprises and most of the manufactured products are exported to DRC-Democratic Republic of Congo, Southern Sudan and rest of the EA region.

  • Discovery of Oil set to boost the country’s economy significantly. New opportunities in refining, gas processing are likely to be created.

  • Debt and Exchange rate stability is enabling economic growth





 
Burundi

  • Burundi’s growth accelerated to an estimated 4.6% in 2013, up from 4.2% in 2012, thanks to increased activity in the secondary and tertiary sectors.

  • Government finances improved, but the country is still faced with major constraints due to the poor mobilisation of domestic resources and the volatility of external aid; meanwhile, political tensions have grown in the run-up to 2015 elections.








 
Rwanda

  • Real GDP growth slowed down to 4.6% in 2013 from 7.3% in 2012 due to the lower than programmed performance in agriculture and the aid-related delays in the implementation of strategic public investments following the suspension of budget support disbursements in 2012. Growth is projected to recover to 7% and 7.4% in 2014 and 2015 respectively due to the recovery in services, improvement in agriculture productivity and sustained implementation of the public investment programme.

  • Major steps were taken to further enhance political rights and civil liberties. Three new media pieces of legislation were ratified to improve media regulation, promote transparency and encourage citizens’ economic and political participation. Moreover, another political party was formally registered.







 
South Sudan

  • The resumption of oil production in 2013 was projected to improve the economic outlook of the country with GDP rising as much as 40% but civil strife is casting a shadow over the prospects for economic recovery and development.

  • For the short-term, the priority is re-establishing peace and security and seeking to address the causes of conflict. All the country’s social indicators remain troubling.

  • The country’s integration in global and regional value chains remains very limited due to institutional and infrastructure constraints

 

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