Special Economic Zones

Special Economic Zones

New Path To Industrialization
Kenya aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrialized ‘middle-income country providing a high quality life to all its citizens by the year 2030’.
The Establishment of Special Economic Zones is Key to the achievement of this vision. A number of Zones have been earmarked for development.

SEZ Authority

The SEZ Authority is the regulator of all SEZs. It is responsible for designing, approving, establishing, developing, operating, promoting and regulating an SEZ.

It also issues licences and implements Government policies and programmes. Further, the Authority is in charge of determining the investment criteria and investment thresholds for the businesses in the zone and maintains records of the enterprises and residents operating in each zone.

Licenses Under SEZ

Operator Licence

corporate entity engaged in the management of a special economic zone.

Developer Licence

Corporate entity engaged in developing and operating a special economic zone.

Enterprise Licence

Corporate entity carrying out business in a special economic zone

Incentives Under SEZ

  • Tax exemption
  • Duty exemptions
  • Work permit facilitation
  • Protection & repatriation of profits

Diverse Opportunities

Areas declared as a special economic zones may be designated as a single sector or multiple sector special economic zones and can cover the following sectors

Agricultural Zone:

SEZ to facilitate agricultural sector and relates activities and services.

Business Service Park

To facilitate provision of services to regional headquarters, BPOs, call centres, management consulting, advisory services and other associated services.

Free Trade Zone

A customs controlled area where goods are off-loaded for transshipment, storage and may include bulk breaking, repacking, sorting, mixing, trading or other forms of handling excluding manufacturing and processing.

Livestock Zone:

A zone where livestock marshaling and inspection, livestock feeding or fattening, abattoir and refrigeration, deboning, value addition, manufacture of veterinary products and other related activities are carried out.

Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO)

SEZ to provide outsourcing services such as back office support services in human resources, finance, accounting, and procurement among others.

Freeport Zone:

A designated area at the port where goods introduced there are regarded to be outside the customs territory (EAC Countries).

Industrial Park:

A zone with integrated infrastructure to facilitate manufacturing and processing industries. • Information Communication Technology park: A zone to facilitate ICT sector, its services and related activities.

Science and Technology Park

A zone to facilitate the science and technology sector

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