Kenya Growth Rate Drops to 5.6 per cent in First Quarter

Kenya's Economic Growth Slows in 2019 to 5.4pct

Kenya’s economy grew at a much lower than expected 5.6% in the January-March period compared to 6.5% the same period last year the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics reported Friday.

The drop is attributed to dry weather which impacted the agriculture sector.

“The quarter was characterised by a slowdown in agricultural activities following the delay in the onset of long rains,” KNBS said in a statement impacting agro-processing and the manufacturing sector.

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Highlights

Manufacturing declined to 3.2% from 3.8%

Transport sector 6.7% from 8.5% 

Construction expanded 5.6% from 6.6%.

Accommodation expanded 10.1% from 13.1%