India expects a 2006 growth rate of 9.2%... which means the additional growth in the Indian economy could be greater is larger than Kenya's entire economy! BTW, this is on top of India's 8% growth over the past 3 years!
India's estimated 2006 GDP (PPP) is just shy of $4 Trillion... so a 9% growth = $360 Billion!
The compounding factor year after year is what separates the men from the boys... The difference of 3% between the two growth rates means India's economy ccould grow at a rate that is 50% higher i.e. 9% vs 6%.
If India continues at this pace & Kenya lags, then compounding kicks in thus the gap between 2 economies will grow even faster!
Indian firms, & by proxy India, is the 3rd largest investor in UK. Tata Steel's recent purchase of Corus (UK) made headlines the world over as they beat off a challenge from Brazil.
Kenya's Magadi Soda is part of the Tata Group through Tata's purchase of Brunner Mond (UK) which gave Tata control of Magadi Soda.
Magadi Soda was recently in the news after Exim Bank rejected their application to finance locomotives & rail stock. Nevertheless, Magadi Soda did secure financing since it had the support of GE & Tata.
Kenya needs to wake up from its reverie... Stop comparisons with regional poorhouses & our benchmarks should be Powerhouses like India & China.
Kenyans can't use the "Western Oppression" excuse this time round when India & China start making our life difficult! As an example, Kenya has lost most of its USA textile market to China, Pakistan & India in the past 2 years. We had many years under AGOA to build up our competitiveness but squandered it to inane populist politics & economic blunders! Kenya should have built up its infrastructure:
- Reliable & cost-effective electricity supply
- Transport efficiencies incl Railroads, Shipping & Raods