Patrick Njoroge: Launch of the FinAccess Household Survey 2019 Report

Keynote speech by Dr Patrick Njoroge, Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya, at the launch of the FinAccess Household Survey 2019 Report, Nairobi, 3 April 2019.

The views expressed in this speech are those of the speaker and not the view of the BIS.

Central bank speech  | 
20 May 2019

Good morning!

Today is a good day. Not only because, it is one day closer to the rains which will bring some relief and transform the brown landscape to a lovely hue of green. Today is a good day because it is one of those days when economics comes to life. Often, we economists are in our own little corners, crunching away at some statistics, hoping that our work resonates with our fellow citizens. All too often, that hope does not get fulfilled. But sometimes, as it is this morning, our work has direct resonance with the vast majority of our people. It serves as a map for how they access financial services, and more broadly, the impact of policy on how Kenyans live their lives.

This is the fifth time we have done the FinAccess Survey. In every one of them since the first one in 2006, we have learned something new and profound about Kenyans and their interaction with finance.