Key Contacts in Kenya
The Kenya Mission in Pretoria facilitates promotion of trade and investment between Kenya and South Africa. It does so by establishing contacts between the respective and propective business communities and other stake holders by way of organizing trade and investment workshops, holding of exhibitions and participating in national and international trade fairs and exhibitions that are held from time to time.
The mission also services commercial and trade enquiries from business people on a daily basis. While the mission will try to provide initial assistance in terms of responding to commercial queries, the following contacts will be useful for obtaining detailed information on specific subjects of interest:
Capital Markets Authority (CMA)
Re-Insurance Plaza, Taifa Road
Postal Address: P.O. Box 74800, Nairobi, City Square, 00200 Kenya
Tel: +254-20-22 19 10/22 1869, Fax: +254-20-216681
Capital Markets Authority was established in 1989 through the Capital Markets Authority Act, Cap 485 A (the CMA Act) to regulate and oversee the orderly development of Kenya’s capital markets. The Authority ensures the development and maintenance of an appropriate legal and regulatory framework to boost investor confidence, enhance efficiency and to create and maintain a fair and orderly market. The Authority also reviews existing policies and makes recommendations to the Government on new policy issues that could promote and enhance market development. It also provides guidance to market operators.
Central Bank of Kenya (CBK)
Haile Selassie Avenue
Postal Address:P.O. Box 60000, Nairobi, City Square, 00200 Kenya
Tel: +254-20-22 64 31/24 60 00, Fax: +254-20-216945/340192
The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) whose objectives are laid down in the Central Bank of Kenya (Amendment) Act of 1996, is charged with the formulation and implementation of monetary policy directed at achieving and maintaining stability in the general level of prices. CBK also fosters the liquidity and proper function of a stable market-based financial system. Additionally, CBK formulates and implements foreign exchange policy and holds and manages foreign exchange reserves; licenses and supervises authorized dealers in the money market; promotes the smooth operation of payments, clearing and settlement systems; acts as a banker and adviser to, and as fiscal agent of the government; and issues currency notes and coins. CBK publications include Monthly Economic Review, Central Bank of Kenya Quarterly Report, Central Bank of Kenya Annual Report, and Central Bank of Kenya Economic Report.
Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA)
British American Centre, 2 nd Floor, Mara Road, Upper Hill.
Postal Address: P.O. Box 50563, Nairobi, City Square, 00200 Kenya
Tel: +254-20-71 28 00-6, Fax: +254-20-713704
Kenya’s Export Processing Zones programme was established in 1990 to provide an attractive investment opportunity for export-oriented business ventures within designated areas or zones, and is managed by the Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA). The programme’s objectives, which are also the criteria for project approval, are the increase in productive capital investment; generation of jobs; transfer of technology; development of forward and backward linkages; and diversification of export products and markets. The scheme offers a range of attractive incentives to ensure lower cost operations, faster set-up, smoother operations, and higher profitability through the establishment of an effective One-Stop-Shop service at the EPZ Authority to facilitate all stages of the investment process.
Export Promotion Council (EPC) and Centre for Business Information in Kenya (CBIK)
Anniversary Towers , 16th Floor , University Way
Postal Address: P.O. Box 40247 , 00100 GPO
Centre for Business Information in Kenya
Anniversary Towers, 1st Floor
Postal Address: P.O. Box 40247, 00100 GPO
EPC is charged with the responsibility of promotion and development of the export markets. It was established in 1992 with the primary objective of assisting producers and exporters of goods and services to overcome bottlenecks and enhance the performance level of the export sector, formulation of market strategy and identification of export opportunities; as well as promoting an export culture and a national consensus to ensure sustainable national growth through exports. EPC works closely with relevant public and private sector bodies and co-ordinates and harmonizes export development and promotion activities among all stakeholders. The council fulfils its mandate through export market development; trade information, product development and adaptation; trade policy and facilitation; and development of exporting skills.
Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE)
Argwings Kodhek Road, Waajiri House,
Postal Address: P.O. Box 48311, Nairobi, GPO, 00100 Kenya
Tel: +254-20-72 19 29, +254-20-72 19 48, +254-20-72 02 42, Fax: +254-20-71 22 99/72 19 90
FKE was registered under the Trade Unions Act in January, 1959 as an association representing the collective interests of employers. Its major objective is to harmonise and defend employers’ interests and to raise the social consciousness of employers to enable them to realise the full potential of their enterprises by promoting increased labour productivity, sound management techniques, better industrial relations, fair labour practices, effective work organisation and staff motivation.
Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK)
Postal Address: P.O. BOX 40312, Nairobi , Kenya
New Rehema House, 4th Floor, Rhapta Road , Westlands
Attention: Chief Executive
FPEAK was founded in 1975 to cater for the needs of Kenyan exporters of horticultural produce. It provides market intelligence, export promotion, technical support and training services for exporters and their staff as well as negotiating favourable terms for provision of goods and services to the industry.
Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM)
Mwanzi Road, Off Peponi Rd, Westlands
Postal Address: PO Box 30225-00100 GPO, NAIROBI
Tel: +254 20 3746005 / 7, +254 20 3746021 /22
Fax: +254 20 3746028, +254 20 3746030
Cell: +254 722-2013 68, +254 734-6460 05
KAM is a representative organisation of industrialists. It was constituted as a corporate body in 1959 to bring together industrialists with the aim of encouraging investment and development of industrial potential in Kenya.
Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI)
Weights and Measures Building, Kapiti Road, off Mombasa Road,
Postal Address: P.O. Box 51648, Nairobi, GPO, 00100 Kenya
Tel: +254-20-60 22 11, +254-20-60 63 26, Fax: +254-20-60 63 12
Kenya Industrial Property Office – KIPO was transformed into KIPI in 2002. KIPO was established in 1989 to promote inventive, innovative activities and to facilitate the acquisition of technology through grant, regulation of patents, utility models, industrial designs and rationalisation models.
Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI)
Ufanisi House, Haile Selassie Avenue,
Postal Address: P.O. Box 47024, Nairobi, GPO, 00100 Kenya
Tel: +254-20-22 08 66/7, Fax: +254-20-34 06 64
KNCCI is a national organisation with branches throughout Kenya. It was established in 1965 and its membership includes industrial, commercial and service organisations.
Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE)
In Kenya, dealing in shares and stocks started in the 1920s when the country was still a British colony. In 1991 NSE was registered under the companies Act and phased out the “call over” trading system in favour of the floor based open outcry system. The privatisation of the Kenya Airways was the largest share issue in the history of the NSE. The government has expanded the scope for foreign investment by introducing incentives for capital markets growth including the setting up of tax free venture capital funds, removal of Capital Gains Tax on Insurance Companies Investments, allowance of beneficial ownership by foreigners in local stockbrokers and fund managers and the envisaged licensing of dealing firms to improve market liquidity.
The Eastern Africa Association (EAA)
The Eastern Africa Association was established in 1964 to facilitate participation in the economic development of Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean region by overseas firms, companies and individuals to the mutual benefit of the countries and member companies concerned. Members include companies from United Kingdom, United States of America, South Africa and India. The Association acts as a channel of communication between overseas business and Governments. It interprets to its members the policies and objectives of governments and, in turn, explains to governments the views and needs of overseas investors, prospective investors and foreign businesses generally.
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Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
Times Tower, Haille Sellasie Av.
Postal Address: P.O. Box 48240 – 00100 GPO, Nairobi
Tel: + 254 20 281 7700/ +254 20 281 7005
Fax: +254 20 316 872
Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA)
KEPSA was formed on March 12, 2003 as the umbrella body of the private sector. It creates a unified and single voice for private sector so as to influence public policy formulation and brings together all key member-based private sector organizations. Membership is diverse and Governing Council representation inclusive.
KEPSA seeks integration of the private sector as an equal partner with government in economic policy formulation. It also mobilizes its members to articulate issues of common interest and creates synergy among them
Kenya Private Sector Alliance
Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS)
The Managing Director
Kenya Bureau of Standards
Kapiti Road, Off Mombasa Road
Behind Belle vue cinema
Postal Address: P.O Box 00200 54974, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: (+254 02), 605506,605550, 605573,605574,605610,605634,
605642,605673,603476,603482, 694800, 605490
Mobile:+254 72 220 2137/8, +254 73 460 0471/2
Fax: (+254 02) 604031, 609660,602213
Coffee Board of Kenya
Postal Address: P.O. Box 30566 Nairobi
Tel: +254 2 33 28 96/7/8
Fax: +254 2 33 05 46