Kenya is located in the east of Africa and is bordered by countries Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania. It also has the Indian Ocean in the south-east section. Kenya has an estimate population of over 40 million people and the main languages spoken here is English and Kiswahili.
Kenya has a rich history dating back millions of years due to the ancient fossils of Homo habilis and Homo erectus, near Lake Turkana region. The “Turkana Boy” fossil remains is said to be over 1.6 million years old.
Some other inhabitants included hunter gatherers similar to the Khoisan as well as nations from the Horn of Africa. Bantus also migrated into the region and in later years the area experienced a better climate suited to farming and so many became farmers of herds of cattle and crops.
From as early as the 1st century, trade and manufacturing relations took place amongst those who dwelt in the region and those from other parts of Africa such as Zanzibar, Arabians, and more. Cultures and religions also fused amongst the people during these early years. In the 1800’s British settlers took over administration and colonised Kenya, during this time modernisation and infrastructure took place, amongst this being the engineering of a railway line through the region where many Indian and African workers were killed due to lions who frequently attacked. The Mau Mau uprising of 1954-1959 led to independence from British rule and Kenya becoming an independent country.
Kenya, a country known for its excellence in long distance racing, champions at winning around 70% of long distance races against top athletes in the world for many years. It is also known for maintaining a steadily growing economy which makes do for fantastic business investment opportunities. There are however, some development challenges in health and education sectors.
Business opportunities & economy
Some of Kenya’s major sectors include agriculture, forestry and fishing, mining and minerals, industrial manufacturing, energy tourism and financial services. There are many opportunities for investment especially in the finance and infrastructure sectors, however, tourism and other industries are also lucrative.
Kenya has strong methods of jobs creation and the development of its financial market is just some of the countries strong points.
Health care facilities may vary from region to region and immigrants and expats should ensure that they have medical insurance to cover the costs if needed as well as take precautionary vaccinations. There are pharmacies, private care facilities and local health care systems in place.
The education system is from kindergarten, primary, secondary and tertiary. The country has government schools as well as some private and international schooling facilities.
Kenya has a sophisticated system of immigration, yet the path to obtaining a permit, especially for business or work activities, is not so easy. Visafrican can handle this and also certain business services as well.