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  • AFCA Taste of Harvest Portal offers export opportunities for Tanzanian coffee producers

    Published on July 27, 2017

    The African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA), a Hub grantee, recently trained 20 Tanzanian coffee producers and exporters on its protocols for the Taste of Harvest Portal. AFCA's Taste of Harvest Portal links African coffee sellers with buyers who are interested in "winning lots" of coffee at premium prices.  Winning lots are determined by international industry standard grading criteria during regional cupping competitions. The Taste of Harvest Portal increases the visibility of winning African coffees to an international audience and provides a mechanism for sale to a wider range of buyers. 

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    East African leather stakeholders prepare to engage with SMEs

    Published on July 26, 2017

    From July 19 – 21, the Hub’s grantee COMESA LLPI held a stakeholder workshop to discuss implementation of a design training for SMEs in the leather sector. COMESA LLPI invited representatives from focal institutions in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi. The Hub, through its work in the leather sector, has identified lack of design skills as a key impediment to SMEs accessing global markets. The Hub-supported design training will remove this impediment by helping East African SMEs produce better-designed products that adhere to international consumer trends.

    Stakeholders left the workshop with a cleared understanding of the initiative’s goals and objectives and with an understanding of how they could contribute to the development and validation of the selection criteria for participating SMEs. Workshop participants also learned how to identify and classify defects in leather and leather products to guide them in reviewing the samples from SMEs during the screening process.

    COMESA LLPI is honored to collaborate with the Hub on this one year initiative to impart the much needed design and export readiness skills to SMEs in the region. We believe that the work we do together will be impactful resulting in a more competitive and productive leather sector in the region and replicated to other neighboring countries which are not covered by this joint initiative. We also hope to build on the outcomes of this initiative as we develop our Regional Design Studio project,” said Executive Director, COMESA LLPI Prof. Mwinyihija Mwinyikione

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    Hub grantee SEATINI-U supports bill to improve Uganda’s trade environment

    Published on July 26, 2017

    Uganda's Cabinet has endorsed the draft Investment Code Bill 2017, which seeks to align Uganda's investment policy stance with its commitments to the East Africa Community (EAC) Common Market Protocol. The bill also seeks to reform several provisions that would improve the entry, facilitation and protection experience of foreign investors doing business in Uganda.

    The bill was prepared with input from Southern and Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiation Institute Uganda (SEATINI-U) with support from Hub investment policy experts. The Bill is now with Uganda’s Parliament for consideration.

    Bill reforms include:
    - Defining a local investor to include natural persons and companies where the controlling interest is held by persons from an EAC Partner State. It proceeds to accord them the same incentives as Ugandan investors.
    - Shifting the approach of the code from regulatory and control-based to promotion and facilitation.
    - Repealing several discriminatory provisions between domestic and foreign investors and incorporating international best practice in several measures.
    - Providing better protection for foreign investors in several issues, including obtaining credit from domestic sources, and better intellectual property rights for use of foreign technology.

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    New on our Knowledge Center :Looking Beyond the Horizon: A Case Study of PVH’s Commitment in Ethiopia’s Hawassa Industrial Park

    Published on July 25, 2017

    HAWASA.JPGLooking Beyond the Horizon: A Case Study of PVH’s Commitment in Ethiopia’s Hawassa Industrial Park. The story of how the PVH Corp. (referred to throughout this document as PVH) came to lead a group of its top suppliers to build factories and a fabric mill in Ethiopia’s Hawassa Industrial Park (HIP) is the study of a strong collaboration between a private company looking to optimize its business model and a government aiming to transform its economy through global strategic repositioning. The success of this story hinges upon the intersection of their goals and a shared vision of development that includes a strong commitment to social and environmental goals. PVH was motivated to invest in Ethiopia to respond to shifts in the global apparel sector, its growing desire to retool its business model and to address its concerns about compliance with
    social and environmental standards in its traditional sourcing locations. PVH had decided to rethink its business model and to look beyond the horizon towards a new region in which to locate its manufacturing base. To have better oversight and enforcement, PVH moved to adopt a fully integrated vertical supply chain, including direct investment in one of the manufacturing facilities.

    In selecting the location for its new vertically integrated and socially responsible supply chain, PVH looked for ample suitable land on which its supply chain partners could grow cotton, and sustainable sources of energy with competitive electricity rates for the production of yarn and fabric. The company required the country’s government to be committed to ensuring that relevant laws (worker rights, fire safety, building safety, etc.) would be enforced and that their manufacturers would meet international quality and production standards. Finally, PVH wanted to be an early-mover in this new sourcing market.

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