NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to boost its
industrial competitiveness in order to reverse decline of
exports to the East African Community (EAC), officials said on
cabinet secretary at the Ministry of the EAC and Regional
Development, told a media briefing in Nairobi that the other EAC
member states are currently industrializing and are therefore
able to produce products that they once imported from Kenya.
“As a country we are
focusing on improving our competitiveness so that we can regain
our export markets within the EAC,” Mohammed said.
EAC partner states
include Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South
indicates that in 2017 Kenyan exports to Tanzania fell to 285
million U.S. dollars, down from a high of 460 million dollars in
The data also shows
that in 2017, Kenyan exports to Uganda declined to 618 million
dollars, from a high of 760 million dollars in 2011.
Mohamed said that
the other EAC partner states are also keen to take advantage of
the free movement of goods to export their products to Kenya.
He observed that the
only way Kenya can expand its export to the trading bloc is by
ensuring it can produce goods at a more competitive cost.
Kenya has identified
all the key constraints that have made the country to have a
high cost of production, Mohamed said.
He said Kenya’s
ranking on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rating, at
136th in 2014, rose to position 80 last year. It
targets to hit top 50 by 2020.
towards this goal continues to be on track, as competitiveness
in the EAC and globally heightens as a critical ingredient to
attracting investments,” he said.
Mohamed noted that Kenya has made significant investments in
infrastructure such as the Standard Gauge Railway, and increased
the supply of energy as a critical enabler to improving