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  • Case Studies: Driving transaction-based development in East Africa

    Published on January 12, 2017

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    One of the primary activities of the Hub in its mission to 'boost trade and investment with and within East Africa' is accelerating private sector investment into the region by providing a neutral investment facilitation service, at no cost, to investors seeking to deploy capital to East African businesses and to businesses seeking to raise funds. The Hub partners with CrossBoundary LLC, a frontier market transaction advisory firm, to offer this service targeting high-impact sectors of eastern Africa, specifically ICT, agribusiness, financial services, health innovation, and cotton, textile and apparel. In addition, The Hub prioritizes transactions that contribute to employment, regional trade, technology acquisition, and gender inclusion. Its goal is to facilitate $100 million in new investments and create 10,000 jobs by August 2019. Since its launch in 2014 the Hub has facilitated $31 million in new investments in the technology, dairy and financial services sectors across the region.

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    The Hub Convenes Tanzanian Workshop to Expand Awareness on Seed Trade

    Published on January 12, 2017

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    On January 10-11, the Hub partnered with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Tanzania to convene a Seed Sector Development Workshop in Arusha, Tanzania.

    The aim of the meeting was to raise awareness on the developments that Tanzania has had over the last couple of years in the seed sector specifically in regards to seed harmonization including membership to regional and international seed schemes and standards. The workshop was attended by seed producers, traders, farmers, government representatives, research institutes, USAID Tanzania, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and Tanzania Seed Traders Association. 

    During the workshop the Director of Plant Breeders Rights, Dr. Patrick Ngwediagi, announced that the cost of seed label has been dropped from 500 to 200 Tanzanian Shillings. This among the  immediate benefits of seed harmonization and will help reduce costs for seed traders and enhance seed trade. The workshop also provided attendees with a detailed overview of recent regulatory developments in Tanzania’s seed sector as well as the status of the country’s membership to international and regional seed organizations.

    "This meeting has created more awareness to seed companies on the opportunities available to trade seeds in local, regional and international markets", said Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Director Crop Development, Mr. Twahir Nzallawahe.

    "One of USAID's priorities in its Country Development Corporation Strategy for Tanzania is Agriculture. We wish to see all bottlenecks hampering the business, trading and investment climate in the sector addressed. Challenges in the seed sector are amongst the bottlenecks. We therefore support such a workshop which raises awareness of key issues and allows for idea sharing by stakeholders as well as development of relevant action points," said USAID Tanzania Adam Gahhu.

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    Video - Eleleck House of Simplicity: Growing SMEs through access to quality resources

    Published on January 12, 2017

    Part of the Hub's mission is facilitating $100 Million in new private sector investments and creating 10,000 jobs by 2019. The leather sector in Kenya holds great potential for job creation being a labor intensive industry. As such, the Hub is working to enhance this sector through various public and private sector initiatives. One of these is a joint initiative between the Hub and Alpharama Limited, the largest leather producer in Kenya, to increase access to high-quality leather for small and medium-sized enterprises.

    Eleleck House of Simplicity is one of the beneficiaries of this initiative. The company manufactures fashionable leather bags and accessories. Njoki Chege, the founder of Eleleck, says the connection to Alpharama has been a game changer. Watch the video below to hear how Eleleck is now able to obtain high-quality leather at affordable prices, which in turn has led to increase in sales.

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    New on our Knowledge Center: World Trade Statistical Review 2016

    Published on January 06, 2017

    Capture2.PNGWorld Trade Statistical Review 2016 is a publication of the World Trade Organization (WTO). It shows the latest trends in world trade with the aim of improving understanding of global trade patterns.

    The publication combines detailed statistics with an analytical review of trade data to enhance understanding of the latest developments in global trade.

    It allows for quick highlights and analysis of latest trends, which is of obvious benefit to policy makers, trade analysts and all those involved in world trade.

    Visit the Knowledge Center for this report and more.

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