Economy, Manufacturing and Mining
Lake Magadi, soda ash, fluorite, rubber products, Indian Ocean
Kenya has the most industrially developed economy in East Africa. The manufacturing sector has grown significantly since the 1960s. In 2000 industry, which includes mining and construction, contributed 19 percent of GDP. Kenya’s chief manufactures include food products, beverages, tobacco, textiles and clothing, rubber products, transport equipment, printed materials, and petroleum and other chemicals.
Mining employs only a small number of Kenya’s wage-sector workers. The main minerals produced are soda ash from Lake Magadi, fluorite, salt, and limestone products. The 1997 discovery of titanium and zircon deposits on the coast of the Indian Ocean offers potential economic benefit.
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