CHARACTERISTICS OF INDUSTRIES IN EAST AFRICA

Characteristics of industries in East Africa




THE FOLLOWING ARE CHARACTERISTICS OF INDUSTRIES IN EAST AFRICA

  • They mainly use Hydro Electric Power as the source of energy.
  • They are mainly set up near the power source e.g. Jinja, Kampala and Nairobi.
  • They are mainly owned by foreigners e.g. Madhvani industries.
  • Most industries are labour intensive i.e. use more of human labour force than machines.
  • They produce low quality goods which are less demanded internationally.
  • They are on small scale because of low market base.
  • They use out-dated machinery which leads to poor quality products.
  • Most industries are extractive (primary) and hence produce raw materials.




  • They mainly produce for the local market and very little is exported.