Transportation Industry in Kenya

The Transportation industry sector comprises a wide range of service providers, covering all modes of transport – air, road, rail, sea – as well as related services such as warehousing, handling, stevedoring, and finally value added services like packaging, labelling, assembling, etc. Because of the diversity of the sector in Kenya the infrastructure group has defined three key market segments that it concentrates on: Roads, Ports and Airports, Rail and Infrastructure.

Overview of the Road sub-sector in Kenya

Kenya’s current Road Network inventory is estimated at 177,500km comprising 63,000km classified roads and 114,500km of unclassified roads administered by various government departments. This includes national roads, district roads (and unclassified rural roads), urban roads, and special roads (i.e. park roads) which are administered by the Roads Department, District Roads Committee and County Councils, City and Municipal Councils, and various government agencies such as Kenya Wildlife Services, the Forest Department, etc respectively. The Ministry of Transport is in charge of the overall policy on the Transport sector, while the Ministry of Roads and Public Works (MoRPW) formulate the roads’ sub-sector policy.

Roads have long been considered as the prime communication link between all economic sectors and the citizenry in Kenya. Indeed, roads account for over 80% of Kenya’s total passenger and freight transportation, as well as value of output.