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Assessing Infrastructure Constraints on Business Activity in Kisumu, Kenya

Jacob Winiecki

Title:
Assessing Infrastructure Constraints on Business Activity in Kisumu, Kenya
Author(s):
Winiecki, Jacob
Date:
Type:
Working papers
Department:
Millennium Cities Initiative
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Series:
MCI and VCC Working Paper Series on Investment in the Millennium Cities
Part Number:
05/2008
Publisher:
Millennium Cities Initiative and Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment
Publisher Location:
New York
Abstract:
The primary objective of this study is to better understand the current infrastructure constraints faced by commercial enterprises active in the Kisumu region and to identify key opportunities for investment in infrastructure that could enable existing and future businesses to operate at full capacity. Prior to this study, anecdotal evidence suggested that most businesses in Kisumu were operating below full capacity due to shortages of water, electricity, and fuels as well as the high costs of transporting raw materials and finished goods resulting from poor road infrastructure. Research conducted by MCI in Kisumu over the last year – through a literature review and interviews with government officials – has also identified infrastructure as a main constraint to business growth in the region. This study aims to understand how the current state of infrastructure impacts commercial activity in Kisumu from the perspective of the businesses themselves. Most importantly, this study was undertaken to understand the various coping mechanisms used by businesses to deal with infrastructure challenges and to solicit recommendations for infrastructure investment opportunities.
Subject(s):
Economics
Finance
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