Pharmaceuticals in Kenya: The Evolution of Technological Capabilities

Simonetti, Roberto; Clark, Norman and Wamae, Watu (2016). Pharmaceuticals in Kenya: The Evolution of Technological Capabilities. In: Mackintosh, Maureen; Banda, Geoffrey; Tibandebage, Paula and Wamae, Watu eds. Making Medicines in Africa: The Political Economy of Industrializing for Local Health. International Political Economy Series. Springer, pp. 25–44.



As Chapter 1 briefly outlined, Kenya has a strong and long-standing pharmaceutical industry. A 2015 Business Monitor report on pharmaceutical manufacturing in Kenya states that the country hosts the largest pharmaceutical industrial base in East Africa. The report also sees a bright future as a ‘potential base for export across East Africa’ (BMI Research, 2015). This chapter locates the Kenyan pharmaceutical industry within the country’s historical context of industrial development and growth.

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