The Nairobi International Financial Centre (NIFC) presents an unparalleled platform for domestic and international investors in an age where business and investment opportunities are limitless and diverse. Situated in the heart of East Africa, Kenya’s burgeoning economic landscape is full of potential, and at the core of this potential is the NIFC.
A Pro-Investment Haven
Nairobi International Financial Centre (NIFC) is a ground-breaking business environment established under Kenya’s Vision 2030 economic blueprint, which aims to transform Kenya into a globally competitive and prosperous nation. The Centre has been strategically designed to attract investment in key areas of development, thus propelling the country from a frontier market to an emerging one.
NIFC’s objectives extend beyond creating jobs and boosting investment in local businesses; it also targets improvements in Kenya’s financial services sector, creating a more stable, efficient, and globally competitive marketplace that promotes investment and contributes to the country’s overall economic growth.
The NIFC Advantage
The Centre’s operations are streamlined and efficient, offering a one-stop-shop for business incorporation and facilitation alongside bespoke operational rules. The NIFC Authority aims to foster a predictable business environment with a stable tax and operating framework intended to attract long-term investments.
In addition to this, the NIFC offers a range of incentives to both local and international firms. These include a quick immigration turnaround and predictable tax rates for specific financial services. Furthermore, the Centre focuses on enhancing the legal and regulatory ecosystem, offering a more streamlined framework for dispute resolution within the financial sector.
The NIFC is also developing a ‘fast stream’ within the courts for financial services disputes and promoting alternative dispute resolution, which are staples in other global financial centers.
NIFC Certification: Open to All
To conduct business through the NIFC, firms must apply for certification by the NIFC Authority. The certification is open to both domestic and international firms, and regulated financial activities such as banking, and insurance will follow the standard licensing and regulatory procedures.
The NIFC and Existing Financial Regulators
The NIFC Authority does not carry out any regulatory oversight over firms regulated by a financial regulator, thereby eliminating overlap. However, it works closely with the regulators to ensure the NIFC operating framework remains effective.
Target Sectors: Green Finance, Investment Fund, Fintech, HoldCos, and Multinational HQs
The NIFC aims to attract businesses that foster economic growth. It prioritizes attracting global businesses committed to innovation, sustainable growth, and driving large pools of capital.
The Centre will initially focus on certifying firms that conduct activities in sectors such as Green Finance, Investment Funds, Fintechs and serve as headquarters for multinational corporations.
Why Nairobi and the NIFC Should Be Your Investment Destination
Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, prides itself on having one of Africa’s most sophisticated and innovative financial services sectors. In fact, over 80% of the population has access to financial services, with the goal of achieving 100% by 2030.
Dubbed as the ‘Silicon Savannah’, Nairobi spearheads tech innovation across the continent, offering flexible working solutions for agile businesses to thrive. Its fintech scene continues to evolve, transforming sectors like banking, clean energy, agriculture, healthcare, and education.
Kenya’s resilience is proven, with the World Bank forecasting economic growth to rebound to 4.5% in 2022. This resilience, coupled with a rich culture, modern facilities, top-tier education, world-class business facilities, and a diverse arts scene, sets Nairobi apart.
Sustainability is at the heart of the NIFC’s operations, focusing on promoting green finance in collaboration with domestic and international stakeholders. Kenya is also leading the way in sustainable finance with a framework for issuing green instruments and the first green bond traded on the Nairobi Securities Exchange in 2020.
The NIFC application process is quick and easy. Please begin by entering some preliminary details via the link here.(https://nifc.ke/start-applicaton/)
Step 1: Initiate the process by submitting an expression of interest – entering preliminary details via the link here. This will be screened for eligibility, and a member of the NIFC Authority team will be in touch.
Step 2: Fill out an application form, submit a business plan, and pay a non–refundable application processing fee of KES 25,000. Detailed application forms will be provided.
Step 3: Upon meeting the requirements for certification, pay the appropriate fee depending on the category.
Investing in Kenya through the NIFC is a smart business move and contributes to the country’s broader economic vision and its journey toward sustainable growth. We welcome the world to come and be part of our success story.