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  • The Hub conducts validation workshop in support of Kenya's leather sector

    Published on December 08, 2016

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    On December 8, the Hub held a Kenya Leather Industry Development Program Diagnostic Study Validation Workshop. The goal of the workshop was to provide the IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative Limited, a Hub grantee, an opportunity to present the findings of its Kenya Leather Industry Development Program Diagnostic Study and to solicit feedback from relevant stakeholders. The ultimate objective is to develop a report that clearly diagnoses the status of the Kenya leather sector.

    “The workshop was very good and great for the industry because the team that was given the mandate to undertake the diagnostic study have done an excellent job. The information they have given to us is a true reflection of the industry,” said Moses Mwangi a Trainer Footwear Technology at Training and Production Centre for Shoe Industry.

    In early October, IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative Limited conducted a diagnostic study and assessed skill-related gaps across different segments of Kenya’s leather value chain. The IL & FS leather expert pictured above identified the following issues as some of the challenges hindering growth of the Kenya’s leather sector: low recovery and lack of quality hides and skins, low levels of modernization and upgradation of technologies, lack of adequate infrastructure, limited access to market information and input supplies, and over dependence on traditional skill and low labor productivity due to inadequate formal training/ unskilled manpower.

    The Kenya Leather Industry Development Program comprises a series of capacity building interventions all along the leather value chain aimed at improving the sector’s performance.

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    New on our Knowledge Center: African Continental Free Trade Area - Developing and Strengthening Regional Value Chains in Agricultural Commodities and Processed Food Products

    Published on December 08, 2016

    Capture.PNGAfrican Continental Free Trade Area: Developing and Strengthening Regional Value Chains in Agricultural Commodities and Processed Food Products is a publication of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).It provides a literature review on the many methodologies for value chain analysis and development, particularly in the sector of agri-food products in the African region.

    It gives an overview of the regional agriculture value chains of specific commodities existing at the regional level, including mapping, presentation of actors and focus on special issues, such as trade barriers.

    The publication suggests methods for prioritization of regional agricultural value chains to be further developed. It concludes with policy recommendations for fostering and establishing regional value chains in agricultural commodities and processed food products in Africa. 

    Visit the Knowledge Center for this report and more.

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    Video: Looking for investment? Here are some tips from Angel Investors

    Published on December 08, 2016

    The Hub supports trade and investment in East Africa, with the goal of facilitating $100 million of new investments in targeted sectors throughout the region. To achieve this goal, the Hub offers no-cost transaction support services for eligible investors, including private equity funds, commercial banks, impact funds, and development finance institutions. The Hub also supports matchmaking events that link investors to potential investees. At a recent Angel Investor event in Nairobi, the Hub queried investors on how investees should construct a compelling investment pitch. Watch the below videos to hear their tips.

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    Hub's first quarterly dissemination meeting on key EAC Common Market developments in Uganda

    Published on December 06, 2016

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    Kampala, Uganda was the next stop in the series of quarterly East African Community (EAC) Common Market Protocol implementation update sessions. These events are designed to appraise private and public sector on the progress the EAC Partner States are making towards full implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol. The protocol creates a framework for economic integration among Partner States where there is free movement of goods, labor, services and capital.

    The Hub works with legal experts in each of the Partner States to research country-level legislative developments and their impact on the integration process. The aim is to flag potentially retrogressive measures, such as discrimination against citizens of other Partner States from participating in the country's economy.

    Below are some of the key highlights from the meeting. You can also download the presentation here.

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