Kenya’s economy is expected to rebound in the last quarter of 2020 on the back of increased exports of flowers, fruits, and tea to key markets.
This is a marked improvement, especially of the horticultural industry, which was losing at least Ksh106 Million (US$1 million) per day as a direct impact of the Covid-19 pandemic three months ago.
According to a report released in London by Scope Markets, East Africa’s biggest economy’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is set for a rebound in the last quarter of the year against an earlier forecast of a contraction after the Covid-19 pandemic hit key industries.
The report notes that Kenya’s flower industry, the largest exporter of blooms to Europe, is on the rebound following ease down on trade restrictions, witnessing export earnings increase in the period through July, as did those of tea and fruits compared to last year.
This improved performance is expected to impact the entire value chain positively, with renewed economic activities.
The European market accounts for nearly 70% of Kenya’s cut-flower exports and coronavirus restrictions had slashed daily orders by half.
The analysts noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has hurt all businesses and sectors within the Kenyan economy. However, some sectors, such as delivery services or grocery stores, have seized growth opportunities presented by the pandemic, witnessing a spike in growth.
While the positive signs of recovery are visible, budget funding is a cause of concern for the Kenyan economy.
The budget gap of East Africa’s biggest economy is seen at KSh 840.6 billion (US$7.8 billion) in the current fiscal year or 7.5% of the Gross Domestic Product.
Kenya, however, declined the G-20’s offer on debt relief because it would have a negative impact on existing commercial lending terms.
Kenya is said to be in talks with the World Bank for a loan to provide further budget support after receiving US$1 billion in May, which followed a US$750 million package approved by the bank in 2019.
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