Editor's Review

“This analysis is shallow and misleading." 

Presidential Council of Economic Advisors chairperson David Ndii has deviated from the Gross County Product (GCP) report which indicates Nairobi County contributes more to the Kenyan economy than twenty nine other counties combined.

In a statement via his X account on Tuesday, October 10, Ndii said the analysis by Gross County Product (GCP) report is shallow and misleading.

The economist argued that Nairobi happens to be the most populous county noting that productivity should be measured based on population and workforce.

“This analysis is shallow and misleading. The size of the county economy tracks population and workforce and Nairobi just happens to be the most populous. When it comes to productivity (output/worker) better measure of strong economy, NBI is average,” the economist stated.

File image of Nairobi County.

According to the Gross County Product (GCP) report which was analyzed from government data, Nairobi generated 27.5 percent of Kenya’s gross domestic product (GDP) over the last five years while twenty nine other counties contributed 26.7 percent of Kenya’s GDP in the five-year period.

At least fifteen counties contributed less than one percent each to the country’s GDP.

Kiambu County followed Nairobi with a 5.7 percent contribution to Kenya’s GDP while Mombasa and Nakuru were named in both in the third contributing 4.9 percent during the review period.