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Low-carbon Competitiveness in Kenya


Overseas Development Institute (ODI)


Karen Ellis

Alberto Lemma

Stephen Mutimba

Rachel Wanyoike


30 September 2013

Article abstract: “The aim of Kenya’s Vision 2030 initiative is to create a globally competitive and prosperous nation with a high quality of life by the year 2030. The success of this approach will depend to a large extent on the global trade patterns shaping the opportunities that Kenya faces. The analysis presented in this report suggests that over the next 10 years, global trade patterns will be transformed by climate change, international mitigation and natural-resource scarcity, resulting in an inevitable shift over time to a low-carbon global economy. And the study asks what this might look like: what impact will it have on Kenya’s competitiveness and growth? what threats and opportunities will it create? how should policy-makers and businesses respond? This report examines how these issues could play out in Kenya over the next decade with a focus on the energy, agriculture and manufacturing sectors. It identifies potential opportunities and threats to Kenya’s competitiveness and growth, as well as possible policy responses.”