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For my Government, our key motivation is to democratise access to financial services and to give space at the heart of the financial system to every Kenyan no matter their location, social or economic status.

H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta

Overview

Kenya has a broadly stable and resilient financial sector comprising a number of stakeholder groups – from commercial banks, brokers and insurance companies to pension funds, savings credit cooperatives and fintechs, among other players. The country’s financial system stands out in a global emerging market context for several reasons. For example, since the launch of mobile money in 2007, Kenya’s payments ecosystem has matured into a global success story, supported by innovation-friendly policies, strong connectivity infrastructure and a dynamic cohort of homegrown technology entrepreneurs. Nairobi has also become a go-to regional capital centre, attracting growing numbers of domestic and international investors. However, structural challenges remain, including public and private sector capacity gaps, low liquidity (in public equity markets especially), and limited risk appetite for extension of SME credit among lenders.

Green finance

Our Kenya Green Bond Program is catalysing the market for green bonds. With Cardano Development and InfraCo Africa, we are developing a credit enhancement facility to provide 100% guarantees for corporate bond issuances for climate-resilient projects. We are also investing in 4R Digital to build a tech-enabled platform to help democratise access to climate finance for small, green projects in Africa.

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Regulation

We are supporting the government to develop a green fiscal policy framework. In 2021, we supported the Capital Markets Authority (CMA)’s Capital Market Master Plan review to align it with emerging priorities such as green finance. We are also providing technical assistance under the Africa Regulatory Support Programme (ARSP) to review the collective investment schemes regulatory framework; develop regulation for alternative investment funds, private equity and venture capital; and strengthen CMA Kenya’s risk-based supervision tools and operational framework.

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Digitisation

We are assisting Britam to create the information and data analytics base to inform the design of digital and physical healthcare interventions for low-income customers and also supporting the IRA BimaLab designed for insuretech innovators to help turn validated insurance-focused ideas into market and investor-ready projects. We are helping establish the All-in Africa Financial Digital Innovation Platform, an online digital innovation platform with an ecosystem of insurtech partners who are using the online space to connect, collaborate, host events, ideate, store content and learn.

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Market infrastructure

We are working on the establishment of the EABX Over-The-Counter (OTC) bond trading platform.

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