Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/107975
Authors: 
Chege, Jacob
Ngui, Dianah
Kimuyu, Peter
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2014/136
Abstract: 
Three major policy regimes, namely import substitution, market liberalization and export promotion have greatly influenced Kenyan industrialization since independence in 1963. Overall, import substitution strategy was successful in establishing some primary industries but led to reduced domestic competition and low capacity utilization. Market liberalization policies in 1980 failed as local industries were unable to compete with imports. The export orientation strategy in the 1990s was unsuccessful due to poor implementation of fiscal initiatives and macro-economic mismanagement. Reforms since 2003 have stabilized industrial production but challenges remain in infrastructure, energy and market access. The future of Kenyan industry lies in high-value production.
Subjects: 
industrial policy
productivity
reforms
structure of industry
JEL: 
O25
O47
O55
P41
ISBN: 
978-92-9230-857-5
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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