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Kenya sees 5% economic growth

Jan 08 2013 19:32 Reuters

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Nairobi - Kenya's government expects its economy to expand by 5.6% this year, up from about 5% in 2012, with growth rising to 6% in the medium term, the finance ministry said.

It cited growth in the agriculture sector, which was likely to increase output due to favourable weather, as well as infrastructure projects in transport and energy.

Growing exports to neighbouring countries whose economies are booming and higher consumer demand at home on the back of falling inflation could also boost growth, it said in a Budget Policy Statement seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

Year-on-year inflation, which fell to 3.2% last month, was expected to hover at around the government's target of 5% over the next few months, barring sudden jumps in prices of oil and other commodities.

The Treasury projected that the current account deficit, which widened to over 10% of GDP last year due to growth in imports, would narrow to 5.4% by 2015/16 fiscal year.

The budget deficit was set at 4.3% of GDP, down from 6.5% in this fiscal year. The government uses the Policy statement as a guide for the budget, which will be presented to parliament in June.

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