NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Africa was the leading destination for Kenya’s
exports in the first quarter of 2017, a government statistics
bureau said on Friday.
According to the
Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), the continent
accounted for 38.6 percent of total export earnings in the first
three months of 2017 and was the leading destination of total
exports during the period.
During the period
under review, exports to the East African Community (EAC), in
which Kenya is a member, dropped by 6.8 percent in spite of an
eight percent rise in exports to Uganda.
The statistics body
said that total exports to the European Union dropped marginally
from 356 million dollars in the first quarter of 2016 to 347
million dollars in the same period in 2017, largely on account
of reduced export earnings from Netherlands and Britain, which
jointly amounted to 224 million dollars in the quarter under
The bureau noted
that Pakistan was the leading destination of total exports
within Asia with export earnings rising by more than twice from
74 million dollars in the first three months of 2016 to 156
million dollars in a similar quarter of 2017.
According to KNBS,
Asia was the leading source of imports in the first quarter of
2017, accounting for 69.4 percent of total imports during the
review period with the bulk of imports being from the Far East.
imports from the Far East rose by 26.1 percent to 2.2 billion
dollars in the first quarter of 2017 mainly on account of
imports from China which nearly doubled in the period under
review from 653 million dollars in 2016 to 1.17 billion dollars