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Construction in Kenya - Key Trends and Opportunities (H2 2021)

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  • 19 Pages
  • December 2021
  • Region: Kenya
  • GlobalData
  • ID: 5521368
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Kenya was among a small number of countries whose construction industry expanded in 2020, with output in the year rising by 11.8% in real terms. The publisher expects Kenya’s construction industry to expand further this year, by 9%, and then by an annual average of 6.1% between 2022-2025. The expansion will be supported by the government’s focus on developing the country’s infrastructure. Kenya’s construction industry’s value add grew by 6.4% year on year (YoY) in Q2 2021, preceded by year-on-year (Y-o-Y) growth of 7.3% in Q1 2021 and 16.2% in Q4 2020, according to the data released by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS).

In order to revive the economy and drive growth in the country, in June 2021, the World Bank approved a support package of KES84.5 billion (US$750 million), which the government will use to promote infrastructure development, along with improvements in water and sanitization, urban development and housing, transport, tourism, health and education. Moreover, through its 2022 draft budget, the government will focus on bolstering the economic recovery and progressing post-pandemic reforms. The 2022 Budget will also prioritize public healthcare, digital infrastructure, economic resilience and socioeconomic reforms. In August 2021, the government proposed a National Budget of KES3.03 trillion (US$26.7 billion) for the fiscal year (FY) 2021/2022, which mainly focused on the ‘Big Four’: food security; Universal Health Coverage (UHC); manufacturing; and affordable housing.

President Kenyatta’s administration plans to make its way through next year’s presidential election by investing in infrastructure projects to create employment, and by giving targeted subsidies to the tourism and agricultural sectors. The president has directed the executive to focus on the implementation and completion of ongoing Priority Projects and Programmes, as set out in his Administration’s Transformative Agenda for the Nation despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. The 2021/22 draft budget allocations towards energy and infrastructure include KES232.6 billion (US$2.1 billion) to improve and expand the existing infrastructure. Kenya also has a large pipeline of infrastructure construction projects. The major projects at pre-execution stage include the KES2.4 trillion (US$21.5 billion) Standard Gauge Railway project, which involves the construction of a 472km railway from Mombasa to Nairobi, a 490km railway from Nairobi to Malaba and Kisumu, a 120km railway from Nairobi to Naivasha, a 262km railway from Naivasha to Kisumu, the 8.9km Kisumu Branch line, the new Kisumu port, a 107km line from Kisumu to Malaba and other related infrastructure facilities.

The publisher’s Construction in Kenya - Country Briefing report provides detailed market analysis, information and insights into Kenya’s construction industry, including:

  • Kenya’s construction industry's growth prospects by market, project type and construction activity
  • Critical insight into the impact of industry trends and issues, as well as an analysis of key risks and opportunities in Kenya’s construction industry
  • Analysis of the mega-project pipeline, focusing on development stages and participants, in addition to listings of major projects in the pipeline.


This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the construction industry in Kenya. It provides:

  • Historical (2016-2020) and forecast (2021-2025) valuations of the construction industry in Kenya, featuring details of key growth drivers.
  • Segmentation by sector (commercial, industrial, infrastructure, energy and utilities, institutional and residential) and by sub-sector
  • Analysis of the mega-project pipeline, including breakdowns by development stage across all sectors, and projected spending on projects in the existing pipeline.
  • Listings of major projects, in addition to details of leading contractors and consultants

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  • Assess business risks, including cost, regulatory and competitive pressures.
  • Evaluate competitive risk and success factors.

Table of Contents

1 Construction Outlook2 Construction Industry: At-a-Glance3 Latest News and Developments4 Project Analytics5 Construction Market Data6 Risk Profile
7 About The Publisher
7.1 Definitions
7.2 CRI Methodology
List of Tables
Table 1: Construction Industry Key Data
Table 2: Kenya, Top Construction Projects by Value
Table 3: Kenya, Construction Output Value (Real, US$ Million)
Table 4: Kenya, Construction Output Value (Nominal, KES Billion)
Table 5: The Publisher Construction Market Definitions
Table 6: Risk Dimensions
Table 7: Ratings, Scores and Definitions
List of Figures
Figure 1: Kenya, Construction Output Value (Real, US$ Million, 2017 Prices and Exchange Rate), 2016-2025
Figure 2: Kenya, Construction Output Value, by Sector (Real, US$ Million), 2016-2025
Figure 3: Africa, Construction Output (Real % Change), 2020 and 2021
Figure 4: Kenya, Construction Projects Pipeline by Sector (US$ Million)
Figure 5: Kenya, Construction Value Add (KES Billion, Constant 2016=100 Prices)
Figure 6: Kenya, Real Estate Value Add (KES Million, 2009 Constant Prices)
Figure 7: Kenya, Total Remittances (US$ Million)
Figure 8: Kenya, Value of Building Plans Approved for Nairobi City County (KES Million, in Real Terms)
Figure 9: Kenya, Net Domestic Credit to Construction Sector (KES Billion)
Figure 10: Kenya, Construction Projects Pipeline, Value by Stage (US$ Million)
Figure 11: Kenya, Risk Summary
Figure 12: Kenya, Risk Regional Comparison