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Kenya Starts its Privatization Drive 

The country will offer stakes in 11 companies including the state oil pipeline, the finance ministry said. The 11 firms are among more than 35 companies that are slated for sale to partially help the government raise revenue in the face of growing debt repayments. Apart from the Kenya Pipeline Company, which is wholly owned by the government, investors can buy stakes in one of the main convention centers in Nairobi, a textbook publisher, agribusiness firms and industrial companies, the ministry said. The pipeline firm, which is profitable, has a monopoly on the transport of gas and white oil products, the ministry said in a notice, which also invited the public to share its comments on the plan by Dec. 11, as required by the constitution. The East African nation last privatized a state-owned company in 2008 with an initial public offering of a 25% stake in telecommunications firm Safaricom SCOM.NR.