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.
  • 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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