Promoting SME Competitiveness in Kenya: Targeted solutions for inclusive growth

Small and medium-sized enterprises in Kenya are an underexploited resource with significant potential to boost inclusive growth.

Drawing on data from the SME Competitiveness Survey, this report finds that even though Kenyan companies organize their production processes professionally and have a supportive business ecosystem, targeted solutions could help address shortcomings in specific areas of competitiveness. Certification and finance institutions need innovative ways to reach out to small companies, as well as women- and youth-led firms. There are acute shortages of skilled labour in the southern part of Kenya. Costly logistics services are of particular concern to agri-food companies.