Kenya is listed as the only African country among three developing countries (India, Kenya and the United Arab Emirates) accounting for $3.16 billion, or 18.0 per cent of the total UN procurement volume see table below.
According to a recently released UN report, total procurement of goods and services for operational activities of the UN system reached $17.6 billion in 2015, a considerable increase on $13.8 billion back in 2009.
In 2015, the UN organisation procured goods and services from 224 different countries and territories with 124 of them providing $10 million or more each. Thus the top ten countries supplying the UN system accounted for 44.8 percent of its total procurement volume ($7.9 billion) in 2015.
In 2015, procurement of goods and services from Kenya represented 2.5 per cent of the total procurement volume. Procurement from Kenya consisted primarily of cargo transportation services, construction services and fuel. Goods and services from Kenya were primarily procured by the World Food Programme (WFP), UNPD, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and UNICEF.
The United States remained the UN’s largest contributor last year, accounting for 9.37 percent of its procurement volume with contributions amounting to over $1.6 billion. India which has been one of the ten highest contributors since 2000 and it was in second place last year, supplying goods and services worth $1.28 billion. The United Arab Emirates came third with $805 million, ahead of Switzerland, Belgium, Afghanistan, Denmark, France, the UK, and lastly Kenya.