The private sector in Kenya is vibrant and in good health. Kenya is a promising place to do business, with growing markets and good opportunities. Importantly, there is a widespread intellectual appreciation amongst Kenyans, including Government officials, that the private sector is important and will be the main driver of growth and employment, rather than the state.
The key players within the private-sector include the following bodies:
Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA)
The Kenya Private Sector Alliance, formed in 2003, is the umbrella organisation of over 500,000 direct and indirect private-sector members and organisations in Kenya. Its main strategic focus is to bring together the business community in a single voice to engage and influence public policy for an enabling business environment.
Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM)
The Kenya Association of Manufacturers is the leading organisation of industrialists in Kenya constituted in 1959 to promote trade and investment, uphold standards, encourage the formulation, enactment and administration of sound policies that facilitate a competitive business environment and reduce the cost of doing business.
Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest)
KenInvest, established in 2004, promotes investments in Kenya. It is responsible for facilitating the implementation of new investment projects, providing after care services for new and existing investments, as well as organising investment promotion activities both locally and internationally.
East African Business Council (EABC)
The EABC is the apex body of business associations of the Private Sector and Corporates from the 6 East African Countries. It was established in 1997 to foster the interests of the Private Sector in the integration process of the East African Community.
EABC’s overarching objective is to be an effective change agent for fostering an enabling business environment and to promote the private sector’s regional and global competitiveness in trade and investment.
Kenya Flower Council (KFC)
The KFC is a private voluntary association of independent growers and exporters of cut-flowers and ornamentals. KFC was formed to foster the responsible and safe production of cut flowers in Kenya while promoting the welfare of Kenyan flower growers and protecting the natural environment.
KFC participates in trade fairs, organises annual Flower Days in UK, Germany and the Netherlands and pursues other initiatives intended to grow the industry.
Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK)
FPEAK represents growers, exporters and service providers in the horticulture industry. It was formed in 1975.
Members are involved in growing and/ or exporting fresh cut flowers, fruits, and vegetables. FPEAK supports growers and exporters by providing technical and marketing information and training, acts as an Information centre, and runs active lobbying and advocacy programmes to enhance the sector’s competiveness.
Federation of Kenyan Employers (FKE)
FKE is the employers’ organization in advocacy, industrial relations, employment laws and related value add services through management, consultancy and training. FKE has been representing employers’ interest both locally and internationally since 1959.