12 FACTORS THAT HAVE INFLUENCED THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRIES IN EAST AFRICA

12 FACTORS THAT HAVE INFLUENCED THE DEVELOPMENT OF INDUSTRIES IN EAST AFRICA




Factors that have influenced the development of industries in East Africa  

  • Presence of abundant supply of power for running machines e.g. thermal, solar and Hydro electricity.
  • Presence of a variety of agricultural and mineral raw materials for processing into finished products e.g. limestone and coffee.to run various industries you need raw materials such as agricultural products and minerals.for example to produce cement you will need limestone.




  • Presence of enough skilled and unskilled labour force to work in the industries e.g. engineers.
  • Efficient transport network by road, rail and water for transporting raw materials to industries and manufactured goods to markets.
  • Availability of ready market for the manufactured goods which is both local and international e.g. Southern Sudan.
  • Availability of abundant water used as a raw material or for washing and cooling machines e.g. in breweries and soft drinks factories.




  • Industrial inertia where industries are concentrated in areas where others exist so as to share mechanics, roads, security and electricity.
  • Supportive government policy that encourages investment in industries e.g. allocating certain areas for industrial development e.g. at Namanve.
  • Wide publicity due to effective advertisement for industrial products which has created high demand e.g. through television and radio adverts.
  • Availability of modern technology used in the manufacturing industries e.g. use of computers.
  • Availability of adequate capital to invest in industrial development from local and international sources.




  • Improved political stability which has attracted foreign investors to set up industries in East Africa.
  • Presence of adequate and extensively flat land for industrial establishment e.g. at Namanve, Kyambogo and Nakawa.

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