Kenya is the most regionally integrated economy in Africa, according to the second edition of the Visa Africa Integration Index. The country leads the continent in the amount of business it conducts with her African counterparts, trouncing Ghana and South Africa as the window into Africa; owing to advancement in mobile technology and Internet connectivity. Reports Standard Media
“Kenya’s Integration Index score has risen consistently over the period of the survey, resulting in Kenya achieving the highest score,” said Visa General Manager for East and Southern Africa Jabu Basopo. “This result follows some improvement in global integration and robust advances in regional integration as Kenya, the largest economy in the sub-region, drives broader and deeper integration in the EAC.”
This means Kenya’s level of regional integration puts the country at a vantage position in terms of securing investment opportunities and prospects for new business relationships with her neighbours and with her peers. Kenya’s level of trade and connectivity to the global economy was also the highest in the East African region, further raising the country’s focus as a regional trading hub in sub-Saharan Africa. Kenya scored highest in regional integration, at 27.5 out of 50, narrowly overtaking Ghana.