Economic Trivia

Kenya is the largest economy in East Africa.

Trade Source: United Nations Comtrade
Note: Top 3 trade partners are calculated by imports + exports.

Top 3 Trade Partners (2018): China, India, and Saudi Arabia
Top 3 Exported Goods (2018): Coffee & Spices, Live Plants, and Oil & Mineral Fuels

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Small-Scale Consumer Goods (Plastic, Furniture, Batteries, Textiles, Clothing, Soap, Cigarettes, Flour); Agricultural Products; Horticulture; Oil Refining

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) [1]

GDP, PPP (current international) $246,068,248,303 (2020)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) -0.316% (2020)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international) $4,576 (2020)
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GDP Country Rank 64/197 (2020)

GDP Composition %

Note: GDP composition percentage may exceed 100. Manufacturing is included in the Industry figures and is also reported separately because it plays a critical role in many economies.

Economic Indicators [1]

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) 5.405% (2020)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) $38,193,646,114 (2020)
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 37.2% (2019)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 6.478% (2020)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 7.61% (2020)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) ($5,559,231,017) (2019)
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Labor and Employment [1]

Labor Force, Total 23,738,918 (2020)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 53.815% (2020)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 7.438% (2020)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 38.748% (2020)
Unemployment Rate 2.98% (2020)
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Trade [1]

Imports of goods and services (current US$) $17,854,234,069 (2020)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $9,776,100,321 (2020)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 21.254% (2020)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $1,332,436,904 (2019)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $4,647,788,810 (2019)
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Economic Snapshot [1]

Note: Percentile ranks are calculated using the latest available data for all countries within the last 5 years.

How to interpret the graph: The purpose of this graph is to take a snapshot of a country’s economy in comparison to other economies. For example, Kenya’s Exports rank is higher than (please wait...) of the countries in the dataset. For Exports, FDI and GDP measures, a higher rank (closer to 100%) indicates a stronger economy. Conversely, for Unemployment and Inflation, a lower rank (closer to 0%) indicates a stronger economy.

Due to unavailable data the following indicators have been omitted:
  • Exports
  • FDI, net inflows
  • GDP Growth Rate
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment


  1. The World Bank