FDI into Kenya is on the rise in 2011, according to data provided by greenfield investment monitor, fDi Markets. The number of investments in the first three quarters of 2011 has increased by 40.74% compared to data from the same period in 2010. Capital investment is also up from the previous year; the first three quarters of 2011 saw $2.43bn of FDI into Kenya, an increase of 74.35% from 2010. The most dramatic increase has been in the number of jobs created. Data shows that 6153 jobs were created as a result of FDI into Kenya in the first three quarters of 2011. This is an increase of 141.77% from the same period in 2010.

The Asia-Pacific region was the most prolific creator of jobs in Kenya in the first three quarters of 2010 and 2011. Jobs created by companies from the region almost doubled in the first three quarters of 2011 to 2580. Similarly, investment into Kenya from Western Europe, North America and the rest of Africa generally increased. Indeed, the first three quarters of 2011 saw significant increases in terms of job creation and capital investment from companies in these regions. Interestingly however, investment into Kenya from Middle East-based companies has slightly decreased in 2011 thus far. The number of investments, jobs created and capital investment levels have all decreased, bucking the general trend.

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