Kenya's economic growth slowed to 4.8pc in 2022


Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) Director-General Macdonald Obudho during the launch of the 2022 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi on January 17, 2023. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG

Kenya’s economy grew by 4.8 percent in 2022, a slower pace than 7.6 percent recorded the previous year, the statistics office has said.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) released the Economic Survey 2022 Wednesday, detailing how various sectors and jobs market performed.

Most sectors recorded decelerated growth compared to 2021, with agriculture contracting in the period.

2022 was marked by many negative shocks from the supply side. The persistent shocks, which are still present, created permanent negative effects, impacting economic activity and the cost of living, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Njuguna Ndung’u said.

The economic survey will inform a raft of measures on policy reforms to support economic activity and address the cost of living concerns, he added.

Here are some highlights of the survey:

  • Agriculture contracted for the second consecutive year by -1.9 percent compared to -0.3 percent in 2021. Agriculture’s contribution to GDP dropped from 22.4 percent to 21.2 percent.
  • The volume of petroleum products imported increased by 7.6 percent.
  • Manufacturing grew at a slower rate of 2.7 percent from 7.3 percent the previous year.
  • Construction grew slowly at 4.1 percent compared with 6.7 percent in 2021. Cement consumption increased, 1,390 housing units were built by government, and tarmac roads increased by 2.8 percent.
  • Transport grew by 5.6 percent
  • ICT growth was 9.9 percent
  • Financial services at 12.8 percent.
  • Accommodation and food at 26.2 percent.

Top export earners last year were tea at Sh163.3 billion, horticulture Sh152 billion, apparels at Sh43 billion and coffee at Sh37.1 billion.

The number of ECDEs and primary schools decreased between 2021 and 2022 even as the number of pupils increased, highlighting the impact the pandemic disruption had on the viability of schools.

Birth registration also went down from 83 percent to 81 percent.