Kenya stands out in the African continent with a growing economy not dependant only on natural resources anymore,but expanding to other emerging sectors including ICT.Ease of doing business ranking has been on the rise since reforms took place in the regulatory framework and this has placed the country on the forefront of leapfrogging technology and energy production innovation.
Although the biggest driver of Kenya’s economy has traditionally been Agriculture, with the emergence of the Services and ICT industries, the GDP is projected to grow by between 4-5% in 2011 and the ICT sector is expected to surpass the agricultural sector in the next 5 years.
The country’s developmental blueprint which is the Vision 2030 has identified the Business Process Outsourcing/ Information Technology Enabled Services (BPO/ITES) as a flagship programme for driving economic growth. It is expected to create at least 7,500 direct jobs and increase GDP by 80 million GBP by 2012. These projects are now considered conservative following the arrival of three fibre optic submarine cables in 2009 namely TEAMS, SEACOM and EASSy which have perpetuated supply of bandwidth ultimately driving down the cost of connectivity.
Kenya is highly cosmopolitan and a welcoming place for expatriates to live and work.
Kenya is the gateway to Africa and a global hub for travel, with 72 flights to Europe, 41 flights to the Middle East, 20 flights to Asia, and nearly 350 flights to other parts of Africa every week. Kenya is also centrally located, as flying times to the UK, India, the UAE, and South Africa are 8, 6, 5, and 4 hours respectively.