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Investment framework and opportunities in Kenya

Procedures Relative to Foreign Investment

Freedom of Establishment
The only major sectors in which investment (foreign and domestic) is limited are those where state companies still enjoy a legal monopoly. These monopolies are almost exclusively limited to infrastructure in the fields of energy, telecommunications and ports.
Acquisition of Holdings
A majority holding interest in the capital of a local company is legal in Kenya.
Obligation to Declare
The registration of a company is made through the e-Citizen and must be followed by the registration for VAT and paid on the KRA online plateform. Further detail may be found in the Doing Business 2018 Report of the World Bank.
Competent Organisation For the Declaration
Kenya Investments Authority
E-Citizen Portal platform
Kenya Revenue Authority website
Requests For Specific Authorisations
Under the Law on Firearms and Explosives Act, manufacturing and trade in firearms (including ammunition) and explosives requires special permits issued by the Chief Firearms Licensing Officer and the Commissioner of Mines and Geology, respectively. Technology licenses are subject to review by the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) to ensure they comply with the Law on Industrial Property.

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Investment Opportunities

Investment Aid Agency
Kenya Investment Authority (KIA)
Tenders, Projects and Public Procurement
Tenders Kenya, Tenders in Kenya
DgMarket, Tenders Worldwide
Other Useful Resources
E-regulations Kenya website
Investments opportunities in Kenya website
Kenya Trade Network Agency website

Find out more about Investment Service Providers in Kenya on GlobalTrade.net, the Directory for International Trade Service Providers.

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Latest Update: April 2022

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