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  • A HassConsult report shows that land prices in Nairobi suburbs remained static in the last quarter of 2022
  • The perfomance is a result of the spillover effect from the previous quarter, when activity slowed down across the general economy
  • Property prices also recorded a 2.2% drop driven by price declines across the board

A new report by HassConsult shows that land prices in Nairobi suburbs remained static in the last quarter of 2022.

The land prices indices show that land in the areas grew by a marginal 0.2% during the period under review.

The performance of land prices in Nairobi over the last three months of 2022 is a result of the spillover effect from the previous quarter, when activity generally slowed down across the general economy.

HassConsult observed that some suburbs are benefiting from the ripple effect of Westlands’ increasing commercialisation.

Loresho was the best-performing suburb over the quarter, …

  • TradeMark East Africa has rebranded to TradeMark Africa (TMA) and simultaneously officially launched its West Africa operations
  • The organisation now has a presence in fourteen countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Malawi, Zambia, Mozambique, and Ghana 
  • TradeMark has made cumulative investments of over $1.3 billion since 2010 to reduce the time and costs of trading across borders, and to improve the export competitiveness of African businesses

TradeMark East Africa has rebranded to TradeMark Africa (TMA) and simultaneously officially launched its West Africa operations.

Founded in 2010 in Kenya, TMA marks an expansion from its previous core operational area of East Africa and the Horn of Africa to also support countries in West and Southern Africa.

TradeMark Africa now has a presence in fourteen countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA): Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somaliland, Djibouti, Malawi, …

  • KQ Cargo has entered into a codesharing agreement with Astral Aviation to boost trade between Africa and the Middle East
  • The codesharing deal is the first of its kind in Africa, and it would boost trade and commodity movement from the Middle East into Africa by leveraging the strengths of the two cargo operators 
  • Kenya Airways and Astral Aviation have had a commercial and interline cooperation for cargo for the past 20 years

Kenya Airways cargo unit (KQ Cargo) has entered into a codesharing agreement with Astral Aviation to boost trade between Africa and the Middle East. The codesharing deal is the first of its kind in Africa.

KQ said it would put its codeshare flight numbers on Astral Aviation flights originating from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates into Nairobi for onward distribution within Africa.

The agreement by the two leading cargo operators on the African continent is expected …

  • East African Breweries PLC (EABL) has reported a profit of KSh 8.7 billion for the half year ended on December 31, 2022, at the back of the rising cost of operations, including an increase in taxes
  • The company reported KSh 57.3 billion in net sales during the period, representing a 4 per cent growth compared to the same period in 2021
  • The EABL Board has recommended an interim dividend of KSh 3.75 per share, similar to 2021’s period

East African Breweries PLC (EABL) has reported a profit of KSh 8.7 billion for the half year ended on December 31, 2022, on the back of the rising cost of operations, including an increase in taxes.

During the period under review, EABL reported KSh 57.3 billion in net sales during the period, representing a 4 per cent growth compared to the same period in 2021.

The group’s volumes declined by 4 per …

  • Tullow Oil has reiterated its commitment to scale up the development of Project Oil Kenya in 2023
  • The global independent oil and gas exploration and production firm said it plans to invest KSh 1.24 billion (US$10 million) in Project Oil Kenya
  • Tullow and its Joint Venture partners (Africa Oil and Total Energies) are also working closely with the local government agencies seeking to finalise the firm’s field development plan (FDP)

Tullow Oil Plc has reiterated its commitment to scale up the development of Project Oil Kenya in 2023. The global independent oil and gas exploration and production firm said it plans to invest KSh 1.24 billion (US$10 million) in Project Oil Kenya appraisal engagements focusing on fine-tuning the Field Development Plan (FDP) and related local operations.

A trading statement and operational update issued by the London Stock Exchange (LSE) listed firm confirms that efforts to secure a strategic partner for …

  • The 2022 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has ranked Kenya 13th for Overall Governance across Africa
  • The East African nation’s overall governance score has improved over the last decade (2012-2021), but the pace of improvement has slowed over the most recent five years (2017-2021)
  • Kenya has deteriorated in security and the rule of law, driven by a decline in the sub-categories of security & and safety, accountability & transparency
  • African Governance reported that African governance has flatlined since 2019 because of factors including disruptions caused by a combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and increased insecurity

The 2022 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has ranked Kenya 13th for Overall Governance across Africa.

According to the index, the East African nation’s overall governance score has improved over the last decade (2012-2021), but the pace of improvement has slowed over the …

  • Kenyan Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Cake City has opened a new branch along Kiambu Road as part of its proactive expansion strategy
  • The new outlet is located at EBC Centre within Shell Petrol Station near Evergreen Centre and now brings Cake City’s total operating outlets to nine, and it is the first store to be opened in 2023
  • Cake City CEO Mohamed Zahir said the decision to expand along Kiambu Road was also supported by rapid development and expansion activities being witnessed in the area

Cake City, an award-winning small and medium enterprise in Kenya, has opened a new branch along Kiambu Road as part of its proactive expansion strategy.

The new outlet is located at EBC Centre within Shell Petrol Station near Evergreen Centre and now brings Cake City’s total operating outlets to nine, and is the first store to be opened in 2023. The company has branches …

  • A report by the Institute of Public Finance has projected that Kenya’s economy will remain subdued in 2023, growing at a projected 5%
  • The growth will be at the back of a persistent rise in commodity prices, global events and a high risk of debt distress
  • Support for the agricultural sector and easing of fiscal pressure through budgetary consolidation are among the areas that are likely to shape economic performance during the current budget cycle

A new report has projected that Kenya’s economy will remain subdued in 2023, growing at a projected 5%, owing to a persistent rise in commodity prices, global events and a high risk of debt distress.

According to the Macro-Fiscal Analytic Snapshot 2022/2023, there is an opportunity for Kenya’s economy to register a remarkable upward trend if the government focuses more on fiscal consolidation efforts that include cutting back on non-priority expenditures to increase investment and …

  • Kwara has raised a US$3 million seed extension and signed an agreement to acquire a subsidiary of the Kenyan Union Of Savings and Credit Cooperatives (Kuscco)
  • Kwara also announced the acquisition of IRNET, a software provider owned Kuscco
  • Investors in the round include existing backers DOB Equity, Globivest and One Day Yes and Base Capital

Kenyan startup Kwara has raised a US$3 million seed extension and signed an agreement to acquire a subsidiary of the Kenyan Union Of Savings and Credit Cooperatives (Kuscco).

On January 13, 2022, Kwara announced the acquisition of IRNET, a software provider owned by the national body of credit unions in Kenya – Kuscco.

Investors in the round include existing backers DOB Equity, Globivest and the founder of Kobalt Music. New investors, mainly African VCs, participated as well. They include One Day Yes and Base Capital and fintech executives including Mikko Salovaara, CFO of Revolut.

Kwara …

  • A finding by online marketplace Airduka has found that small-scale sellers in Kenya are optimistic that the business environment will remain stable in 2023
  • The study found that 75% of small scale sellers expect the trading environment to be calm over the next twelve months now that risks associated with threats such as COVID-19 and the general elections have settled
  • As per the finding, 60% of sellers said they expect their revenues to remain steady in the first half of the year, with growth expected in the second half

Small-scale sellers in Kenya are optimistic that the business environment will remain stable in 2023.

A finding by online marketplace Airduka found that 75% of small scale sellers expect the trading environment to be calm over the next twelve months now that risks associated with threats such as COVID-19 and the general elections have settled.

Airduka surveyed a section of sellers …