East Africa Community

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Doing Business in East Africa.

The East Africa Community brings together over 150m people and working on joint investments and policy harmonization, and being endowed with everything from the sea to the highest mountains on the continent and all the agricultural, tourism, industrial and consumer markets in between, together with links to virtually every significant global market, there couldn’t be a better market for investors to venture into.

GDP Of East Africa Coutries.

GDP Of East Africa Coutries.

  1. Faces Asia across the Indian Ocean
  2. Long-standing links to the Arabian
  3. Cuts its teeth on agribusiness, adding value to agricultural products
  4. Houses the 5-nation East African Community at its core, and
  5. Showing signs of political maturity
  6. Increasingly technically literate
  7. Critical mass of population (300m+)
  8. The least commodity-rich region (oil & gas are new
  9. English as a business language

Key Investment Areas.

  1. Textiles.
  2. Shoe and other leather-based products
  3. Agribusiness
  4. Vehicle assembly
  5. Motor cycle/scooter/bicycle assembly
  6. Electronic assembly
  7. Mobile phone technology

Working in East Africa.

Individuals working in Kenya require a special pass for assignments not exceeding 3 months or a work permit for long term assignments. Application for a special pass takes 1-3 months. It is valid for 3 months and can be extended for a further 3 months.A work permit takes 3-5 months to process and is valid for 2 years.

Patience, respect for cultural differences, tolerance of uncertainty, and an ability to build personal relationships with colleagues and business partners are some of the skills one needs to realize business success in Kenya. In the workplace junior colleagues tend to exercise a lot of caution when addressing their seniors and may take sometime to open up. Social standing is important and official titles should be included when introducing or addressing someone. Small talk is expected. Enquire after your co-workers’ or business contacts’ families, their kids, their hometown, and be prepared to talk about your own relatives and home country. The Kenyan concept of time is fluid. While meetings should begin on time, there is little chance of an end time being adhered to.

Individuals that value punctuality may become frustrated. It is important to remember to be patient and work with this new culture. Remember to steer clear of any negative aspects of working in Kenya, like corruption and ethnic division, which may present themselves.

A business visa can be obtained at the point of entry at a cost of USD 200 and is valid for 90 days.

For short term engagements, a short term permit which takes 3 months to process and is valid for 6 months is required.

For extended periods, a work permit is required. It is valid for 2 years and takes 3-4 months to process.

A special pass is issued for short stays up to 6 months. It takes one week to process

For work engagements longer than 6 months, individuals require a work permit which takes 1 to 2 months to process. This permit is valid for 3 years.