Who we are​

About Us

The Kenya Special Economic Zones Authority (SEZA) is the institution responsible for attracting, facilitating and retaining Domestic 

and Foreign Direct Investments in Special Economic Zones (SEZs). 

The Authority serves as the regulator of both public and private SEZs in Kenya and exists to create an enabling environment for 

investors through the development of integrated infrastructure facilities, as well as the creation of incentives that eliminate the barriers 

to doing business in Eastern Africa’s most vibrant economic hub.

Established in 2015 by an Act of Parliament (Special Economic Zones Act No. 16 of 2015 ), the institution’s core objectives are:

  1. To provide for the establishment of special economic zones in Kenya

  2. The promotion and facilitation of global and local investors

  3. The development and management of an enabling environment for investments, and for connected purposes.

With the mandate to regulate and implement policies and programs related to SEZs, the Government of Kenya, through SEZA, 
recognizes the critical role of SEZs in transforming the country into an industrialized ‘middle-income economy providing a high-quality 
life to all its citizens as envisioned in Kenya Vision 2030 

Functions of SEZA

As outlined in the Special Economic Zones Act No. 16 of 2015 and 2016 Special Economic Zones regulations , the functions of the Authority are to:

Facilitate investment in SEZs

​Through one-stop-shop and advisory services. This includes making recommendations to the government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Industrialization, on all aspects of designation, approval, establishment, operation and regulation of special economic zones.

Support the establishment and operation of SEZs

By Identifying, mapping and, where necessary, make available the areas of land and infrastructure to support special economic zones.

Collaborate with public and private sector stakeholders

To inform and implement the policies and programs of the Government with regard to special economic zones.

Continuously assess and evaluate market opportunities

To streamline policy frameworks and processes to promote investments in the development and operation of SEZs as well as the economic activities within these zones.

Vision, Mission & Core Values

Our Vision

Globally competitive and Sustainable Zones Investments in the Region.

Our Mission

To create an enabling environment for a globally competitive and sustainable Zones investment destination through appropriate policy, incentives and regulatory framework.

Core Values

Shared value:

We know we succeed when our partners succeed. Our aim is to constantly deliver return on investment for our government stakeholders and our business partners. Ultimately, we measure success in benefits to the people of Kenya and the world.


Growth with integrity:

We support new growth for local and international businesses, striving to maximize return on investment – based on our agreed values and benchmark performance standards.


We constantly strive to do better: We support our customers and partners to achieve their current and future goals. And we challenge global models and standards to improve what we do and how we do it so we can build a better future.


Transparent governance:

We cut through red tape while delivering consistent and open management of rules and regulations. We do not play favorites.

Leading through innovation:

We constantly strive to be ahead of the game. We innovate in the design and delivery of our policies, coordination and facilitation services responding to the needs of our customers.


Welcoming connection:

We work openly and honestly with local and international partners, collaborating to achieve shared value in long term relationships