In the vibrant tapestry of East Africa's economic landscape, Kenya emerges as a focal point, both geographically and financially. As the region's largest economy and a dynamic financial hub, Kenya's banking sector has carved a distinct path, evolving into a cornerstone of East Africa's financial ecosystem.
But just how significant is Kenya’s banking sector?
As the chart below shows, Kenya's financial sector contributed nearly 8% to the nation's GDP in 2022. Between 2018 and 2022, the industry grew by an estimated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 11%, from Kes 480.3 billion ($3.4 billion) to Kes 730.7 billion ($5.1 billion).
Tax contributions have also increased, with the sector paying a total of Kes 181.3 billion ($1.3 billion) of the total Kes 2.0 trillion ($14.3 billion) collected by the Kenya Revenue Authority (~8.93% of total taxes) in 2022 (Kes 129. 5 billion in 2021). Additionally, the sector channels funds into