The vision of the sector is the development of a “robust diversified and competitive manufacturing sector”. Concerted efforts have been going on to revitalise the sector in order to achieve the vision 2030 goals.
This will be achieved through the implementation of the following strategies such as restructuring key local industries that use local raw materials but are currently uncompetitive, for example sugar and paper manufacturing.
Other strategies lined up are exploiting opportunities in value addition to local agricultural produce, adding value to intermediate imports and capturing the “last step” of value addition, for example in metals and plastics.
Although Kenya is the most industrially developed country in East Africa, manufacturing still accounts for only 14 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product. Industrial activity, concentrated around the three largest urban centres of Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu is dominated by food-processing
industries such as grain milling, beer production, and sugarcane crushing, and the fabrication of consumer goods.
Kenya also has an oil refinery that processes imported crude petroleum into petroleum products, mainly for the domestic market