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Kenya’s economy grew by 5.0% in the first quarter of 2024, a slight decline from the 5.5% growth recorded in the same period last year, according to a report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) released on Wednesday.

Key sectors contributing to this growth included agriculture, forestry and fishing, real estate, financial and insurance services, information and communication, and accommodation and food services. The KNBS noted that agricultural production remained robust due to favorable weather conditions that supported both crop and animal production.

Real estate also continued to thrive, driven by increased investments and growing demand for properties. The financial and insurance sector showed resilience, with more Kenyans gaining access to financial products. In information and communication, the country’s digital transformation, characterized by improved internet access and a dynamic tech start-up scene, played a significant role in driving growth. Additionally, the accommodation and food services sector benefited from a rise in both domestic and international tourism.

The 5.0% growth in Q1 2024 is slightly below the 5.1% growth seen in the fourth quarter of 2023. This minor dip reflects broader economic challenges, including global uncertainties, fluctuating commodity prices, and domestic inflationary pressures.

Economists emphasize the importance of strategic measures to sustain and enhance growth. Priorities include boosting agricultural productivity, fostering technological innovation, and improving the business climate to attract investments.

Despite these challenges, Kenya’s long-term economic outlook remains positive, supported by a young population, a strategic regional position, and a diverse economic base. Continued infrastructure development and favorable policies are expected to drive economic activity in the coming quarters, ensuring sustainable and inclusive growth for the nation.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

4th July, 2024

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