When it comes to true data and facts on the ground, dictatorial regimes will always shy away from whats right. Tanzania’s President may rant about being Kenya’s equal but as the Kenyan government chooses not to mar its reputation, facts shall remain facts.
Almost all major social-economic indicators indicate that Tanzanian is not even a stone throw away from Kenya. This is also in respect to Kenya overtaking Angola to become the third-largest economy in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Zooming into Both Countries.
Tanzania has good urban (Dar-es-Salaam) development but way below Kenya standards. Kenya ranks in top 10 from major economic journals, above Tanzania.
Health, the most crucial of all aspects of social development shouts a big difference. All affluent Tanzanians go to Kenya for simple treatments. Devolution and government investment has improved the sector to enviable levels in the region. The NHIF miracle has for instance rescued many who couldn’t access insurance.
The Kenyan Education Sector is way above the Tanzanian Standards. No zooming is needed here.
Freedom of press can not even be discussed in a dictatorial regime. Magufuli has closed down media houses that have rightly criticized him
Kenya electricity output is at 2650Mw capacity with a peak demand of 1912Mw. This is way ahead of Tanzania with 1521Mw capacity with peak demand of 1026Mw. The connection is at 75% vs 35%. (2018). The comparison is worlds apart.
President Uhuru Kenyatta having tarmacked additional 9000KMs of road, Tanzania-Kenya Road connectivity is miles behind.
The Tanzanian BRT has been up and running since 2015 yes, but only a small population of the country enjoys that service. Most of Dar-es-Salaam residents use the Dala dala (Privately Owned PSVs) with controlled fares. The crowding in the PSVs screams foul especially in this Covid-19 era.
In terms of Ports, Tanzania has used The Mombasa Port in Kenya for the longest time. The Port ranks the best in East Africa. The Lamu port soon to commence will put Kenya next to Port Louis, and Richard’s Bay of South Africa.
When it comes to the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), Kenya has already completed its 485KM + 120 KM. Tanzania seems to be doing better but it’s still way in the zone of 205KM. But one asks a major question, why does Tanzania need an SGR? For Kenya, big consumption of Cargo is Nairobi away from the port in Mombasa and also Transit to Uganda. Tanzania has its Business Hub in Dar-es-Salaam, where the port is located. One wonders where they will evacuate to after Rwanda et al, 1400KM.
Air Tanzania has no established and mapped out routes. Even though the Kenyan KQ may be making loses, it’s competitive advantage is second to Ethiopia. The proposed amendments will deliver the projected rejuvenation.
In foreign direct investment (FDI), Kenya loses to the Ethiopia in the Sub-Saharan region. This is not in question that earlier this year, Kenya overtook Ethiopia to regain its coveted prize as the biggest economy in the Eastern Africa region as according to the IMF data.
Kenya is at position 56 while Tanzania at 141 when it comes to the statistics of ‘Ease of Doing Business’.
In 2019 alone, the Kenya Tourism Sector recorded 2M tourists. Tanzanian on the other hand only projected 1.5m.
All the above reflect to the countries’ GDPs. Per Capita Tz is at $1050 while Kenya stands at $1750.
Kenya stood at $95B in 2019 while Tanzania’s was at $62B.
There were important questions regarding this figure and growth rate in Tanzania last year. Their GDP was recording growth but the major corporations had stagnant and/or decreasing figures. This is into contrast with how aggregate growth works; Companies grow with the country.
Kenya has attained so much in the sub-Saharan Africa under the steady leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta. His counterpart, President Pombe Magufuli might be a little excited, but he has miracles to perform if he is to come anywhere close to being the third largest economy of the region. Kenya’s economy is within Africa’s economic powerhouses.
Kenya’s blue prints are working. Kenyans can no longer compare Kenya with countries that are catching up.
Kenya is however happy with Tanzania’s footsteps. As Tanzania grows, Kenya is re-assured of a space where the countries surrounding her do not keep on pulling her down.