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Kenya's remittance inflows
  • Remittance inflows for March grew to $407.8 million up from $385.9 million in February, with the US maintaining its lead as the top source for Kenya’s remittances.
  • This was also higher by 14.2 per cent when compared to the $357.0 million sent in the same month last year (March 2023), official data by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) shows.
  • The cumulative inflows for the 12 months to March 2024 totaled $4.4 billion compared to USD4 billion in a similar period in 2023, an increase of 10 per cent.

Kenyans living and working abroad sent home more money in March boosting the country’s forex reserves amid continued support to families and friends.

Remittance inflows for March grew to $407.8 million up from $385.9 million in February, with the US maintaining its lead as the top source for Kenya’s remittances.

This was also higher by 14.2 per cent when compared to …

Kenya's tourist arrivals
  • International arrivals increased from 1.48 million in 2022 to 1.95 million as the sector turned around from lows of 569,848 at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
  • Last year’s strong performance saw the country record the highest earnings in tourism receipts, which went up to $2.7 billion, up from $2 billion.
  • The US remained the single largest market source even as Africa accounted for the lion’s share of total arrivals during the year, with the East African region remaining key. 

Kenya’s tourist arrivals grew 31.5 per cent last year, official government data indicates, as the tourism sector recovered to pre-pandemic levels not only in the country but globally.

International arrivals increased from 1.48 million in 2022 to 1.95 million as the sector turned around from lows of 569,848 at the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

Last year’s strong performance saw the country record the highest earnings …

Kenya's business conditions
  • Kenya’s private sector activity and new orders rises for the first time in six months.
  • Selling price inflation hits long-run average as cost burdens ease.
  • However, PMI shows lowest confidence towards future output in the survey’s history.

Kenya’s business conditions improved in February, expanding private sector activity due to a further softening of inflationary pressures supported a fresh increase in new order volumes.

Stanbic Bank Kenya Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for February registered at 51.3 per cent as lower fuel prices helped to cool input cost inflation to a 26-month low, supporting the softest increase in output prices for one-and-a-half years.

Improving business conditions are said to have led Kenyan companies to expand staffing levels at a faster rate albeit by largely hiring casuals pointing to a cautionary stance towards hiring permanently.

Nevertheless, confidence regarding future activity fell to a survey low, suggesting a broad degree of uncertainty that activity …

Kenyan Shilling
  • The Kenyan shilling has made a strong turnaround against the US dollar this week,
  • Last Tuesday, Kenya successfully raised $1.5 billion from its Eurobonds buyback offer initiated on February 7, reducing the chance of defaulting payment on its $2-billion-dollar debt due in June.
  • East Africa’s most robust economy plans to use the funds to repay its debut Eurobond issued in 2014.

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Kenya’s capital markets is showing a sign of recovery this year with the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) recording a gain in January, albeit minimal, as large stocks pay investors.
  • The latest Nairobi Securities Exchange monthly Barometer shows month-on-month growth comparing January this year and December last year, with prospects looking much better after a bear run last year.
  • Market capitalisation increased by 0.08 per cent in January to $9.11 billion from $9.05 billion in December 2023.
  • The NSE 20 and NSE 25 Share Index recorded increases in activity of 0.89 per cent and 1.32 per cent, respectively, while the All-Share Index experienced a 0.08 per cent increase.

Nairobi Securities Exchange showing recovery signs

Kenya’s capital market is showing a sign of recovery this year, with the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) recording a gain in January, albeit minimal, as large stocks pay investors.

This is despite interest rates in advanced economies remaining high into 2024, a trend that has seen foreign investors focus on home markets, mainly the United States.

The latest NSE monthly Barometer shows month-on-month growth comparing January …

the cost of borrowing in Kenya
  • The cost of borrowing in Kenya has been going up since October last year, when it was at 10.50 per cent, before two consecutive raises.
  • This means banks are likely to adjust their interest rates upwards, pushing the cost of borrowing beyond the reach of many.
  • The majority of bank rates are currently above 20 per cent, amid a high default rate as banks struggle with Non-Performing Loans (NPLs).

Higher interest rates to raise the cost of borrowing in Kenya

The cost of borrowing in Kenya is set for yet another rise if banks are to factor in the latest Central Bank of Kenya increase in the base-lending rate.

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has raised borrowing costs to highs last seen nearly 12 years ago, as it moves to try and contain the country’s inflation, which has started to pick.

On Tuesday, the Monetary Policy Committee, CBK’s top …

inflation in Kenya cost of living
  • Inflation in Kenya slightly increased to 6.9 per cent in January after declining for two consecutive months in November and December.
  • Official statistics show that increases in food, energy, and transportation costs, which together account for about 57 per cent of household budgets, drove up inflation in Kenya.
  • Between December 2023 and January 2024, the prices of Irish potatoes, carrots, oranges, and cabbages increased.

In January, inflation in Kenya increased marginally to 6.9 per cent, attributed to a rise in food prices. This comes after a consecutive decline in inflation for two months in November and December, easing below the statutory level to 7.3 per cent in July.

November recorded 6.8 per cent, decreasing to 6.6 per cent in December. The latest statistics from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) indicate that consumers in Kenya will need to dig deeper into their pockets to buy basic food items.

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Kenyan Shilling
  • Kenyan Shilling, which has been on a free-fall against the Dollar since mid-last year, fell to a record-low of 162 to the greenback with projections it could tumble further into the year.
  • The unit has shed over 31 per cent of its value to the dollar year-to-date, as the Fed rate hikes in the US took a toll on currencies across the different markets.
  • According to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), the Kenyan shilling also ceded ground against the Euro, Pound Sterling and the Japanese Yen.

The Kenyan government is facing a major headache as the country’s currency continues to fall against the US Dollar and other major currencies, hitting a new low this week.

Kenyan shilling, which has been on a free-fall against the dollar since mid-last year, fell to a record-low of 162 to the greenback with projections it could tumble even further this year.

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Kenya-Uganda oil deal | East African Court of Justice
  • Uganda has moved to the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) over alleged Kenya’s move to block it from importing its refined petroleum products.
  • In 2016, Uganda opted to work with Tanzania to develop a pipeline to evacuate crude oil from its fields in Hoima, western Uganda.
  • This dealt a blow to an initial plan to jointly construct a 1,500-kilometre-long pipeline from oil-rich Hoima to Kenya’s Lamu port, a project envisioned to cost about $2.5 billion.

Kenya’s fallout with Uganda on importing refined petroleum products has caused another rift between the neighbouring countries, threatening trade and bilateral relations.

On December 28, last year, Kampala lodged a case at the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) against Nairobi for blocking its plans to shift from purchasing petroleum products from Kenya to importing consignments.

Over the year, Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) in Uganda have picked imports from Kenya Pipeline’s depots in Eldoret …

Kenya's Electricity Imports
  • Kenya’s electricity imports from its neighbours have more than doubled
  • For years, Ethiopia has supplanted Uganda from position one, Kenya’s top source of power imports.
  • The East African nation has revealed that it needs $5.3 billion to overhaul power transmission lines and forestall frequent blackouts.

Kenya’s electricity imports from its neighbours have more than doubled in the past year amid increased demand and a slower pace of investment in energy infrastructure.

Data by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) said the country imported 706.9 million kWh of electricity from Ethiopia and Uganda in the first 11 months of 2023, up from 288.27 million kWh in a similar period in 2022.

The bulk of the power imports — 546.5 million kWh — were sourced from Ethiopia during the period, according to KNBS, with the country emerging as Kenya’s biggest electricity supplier in the region. Ethiopia has supplanted Uganda from the …