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Moody’s Downgrades Kenya’s Credit Rating After Finance Bill 2024 Collapse

Moody’s Downgrade: A Wake-Up Call for Kenya Moody’s Investors Service downgraded Kenya’s credit rating from B3 to Caa1 after the Finance Bill 2024 failed to pass. This bill aimed to increase government revenue but was abandoned due to public opposition and concerns about its economic impact. As a result, Kenya’s fiscal deficit is projected to…

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Kenya’s Digital Gold Rush: Unlocking the Financial Markets Potential using Mobile Phones

The Mobile Revolution Kenya, with over 32 million smartphones in use, is undergoing a financial transformation. Mobile money platforms like M-Pesa have revolutionized transactions, allowing many Kenyans to save, send, and receive payments without traditional banking. This change has been pivotal for 44% of the population previously excluded from formal banking services. Now, a new…

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Kenya’s Digital Lending Boom: Central Bank Licenses 7 New Credit Providers, Expands to 58

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has taken another significant step in regulating the burgeoning digital credit sector. On June 27, 2024, CBK announced the licensing of seven more digital credit providers (DCPs), pushing the total number to 58. This move underscores CBK’s commitment to creating a well-regulated environment that fosters innovation while protecting consumers….

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Internet Revolution: How Starlink Is Transforming Kenya Amid Unrest and Outages

Amid political unrest in Kenya, the reliability of traditional internet infrastructure has come under scrutiny. On a recent Tuesday evening, internet speeds were throttled during anti-government protests, leading to public outcry. Kenyans turned to Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to maintain their online connectivity. The Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) denied any plans for an internet…

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Kenyan Shilling Skyrockets by 17.8% in 2024: What’s Fueling the Surge?

The Kenyan shilling has made significant gains against the US dollar this year, appreciating by 17.8% from January to June. This growth reflects a combination of favorable market conditions, increased foreign exchange inflows, and investor confidence. Weekly Performance and Key Drivers In the past week, the shilling strengthened by 1.06%, closing at 128.66 from the…

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Revolutionizing Imports Trade: How Kenya’s iCMS Cuts Customs Clearance Times by 60%!

How the Integrated Customs Management System Works Customs agencies worldwide face the dual challenge of facilitating trade while ensuring regulatory compliance. To address these challenges, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has implemented the Integrated Customs Management System (iCMS), a streamlined and efficient platform designed to integrate various customs processes into a cohesive system. This article…

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