Kenya Association of Manufacturers

Coast Chapter

The city of Mombasa has enormous unrealised potential with one of the best deepwater harbours in eastern Africa and a central location on the coastal strip. Despite  these attributes, and notwithstanding a healthy tourism industry, Mombasa’s economy has stagnated to the extent that dilapidated infrastructure and widespread poverty presently characterise the city

The economy has stagnated in recent decades, failing to take full advantage of the town’s strategic location as a port city and important tourist East Africa, West Africa,  America and destination. Local mismanagement and marginalisation by the central government are two factors that have been blamed for Mombasa’s underperformance.

Over one-third of the city’s population currently stands at approximately 939,370 people. The manufacturing sector in Mombasa employed a total of approximately 36,696 people in 2008 Mombasa Chapter has a total membership of 92 members, while non KAM members who are manufacturers are 35 Some of the products that are produced by companies in Mombasa include wearing apparels, corrugated sheets, cooking sets, aluminum kettles, aluminum sufurias, bottled drinking water, bottled juices, casseroles, deep frying fat, fish, footwear, glass bottles, kikoy clothing, kerosene stoves, steel pipes, paper, petrol, and rubber products.

The main markets for the products are East Africa, West Africa, America and Europe while the inputs are imported from China, India and local sources

Issues affecting members

  • Land Rate Increament
  • Vessel delay surchage by shipping companies
  • CFSs Verification charges
  • Inefficient water supply 
  • High electricity cost
  • Poor road networks