Kenya Industry Articles & Analysis

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What prompted the move to a risk-based supervision model from a compliance-based one?


Kenya is introducing a number of regulatory changes to its insurance sector, including a move towards risk-based capital, increased capital requirements, new guidelines for short-term business and takaful rules.


Kenyans have a talent for making technologies and new ways of doing business work where other markets have failed. Bancassurance – or collaboration and integration between banks and insurance companies – has been tried in many African markets. In Kenya it is increasingly central to insurance and has already driven a few high-profile takeovers...

Chapter | Industry & Retail from The Report: Kenya 2016

The ongoing push for industrial expansion, as highlighted by the government’s overarching Vision 2030 strategy, has resulted in a number of positive developments over the past year, particularly in the textiles, construction materials and food processing segments. Electricity availability and reliability have improved steadily over the past year as new renewable power plants have come on-line...

Chapter | Insurance from The Report: Kenya 2016

In recent years, insurance penetration and accessibility have been improving steadily in Kenya. The middle class is growing, more Kenyans have disposable income and there is potential for new demand for insurance. There is rapid urbanisation, giant infrastructure projects, new energy schemes and growing industry. In 2013 life insurance penetration stood at 1.2% of GDP and general insurance was...

Kenya is one of the economic and political heavyweights of East Africa. Despite recent security issues, it is recording strong economic growth and maintaining its leading position in the region. Recent discoveries of new oil, gas and water reserves and a young population give further cause for optimism, and the government is working to put the right policies into place to maximise the country’s potential.