KARIBU - Welcome to Kenya
Kenya lies in east Africa, and is bordered by Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania and the Indian Ocean. Kenya has a climate ranging from tropical to temperate largely depending on the altitude.
Kenya is one of the most industrialised countries in East Africa, yet indurstry represents only 10% of its GDP. Agriculture employs 80% of the population and accounts for 50% of all exports and 25% of the GDP. The Kenyan economy remains dependant on agriculture and periodic drought often threatens GDP growth. Traditionally tourism, tea and coffee have been the largest foreign exchange earners, but horticultural products and industrial exports such as refined petroleum are also becoming important.
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There are a wide variety of wildlife species in Kenya, whose habitats are threatened by encroachment of man. The late Michael Werikhe aka Rhino Man, pioneered Kenyan wildlife conservation. Werikhe walked thousands of miles and raised millions of dollars to fund White Rhino conservation projects.The Blue Wildebeest is currently abundant, but like other more endangered species feels the pressure of habitat reduction.
The new East African Community (EAC) was formally launched in January 2001. It has a parliament, the East African Legislative Assembly, and a secretariat in Arusha (Tanzania). A Customs Union protocol, signed in 2004, came into effect on 1 January 2005. Regional integraton remains high on the EAC's agenda with the admission of Rwanda and Burundi into the community and the ongoing negotiations for the Common Market, which was established in November 2009. As a member of IGAD (comprising Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia and Sudan), Kenya has played a key mediation role in the Sudan and Somali peace talks.