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  • Hub launches AGOA-focused investment project in Madagascar

    Published on October 20, 2016

    On September 28, the Hub's investment team held a workshop with Malagasy small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to get a better understanding of their businesses and assess challenges and opportunities. The workshop included one-on-one networking sessions between the entrepreneurs and the Hub investment team, during which the Hub suggested avenues for access to finance and advice for pitching their businesses. The Hub will continue to work with some of the high-potential businesses to help them prepare documentation for investors.

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    Peer-peer advice for keeping buyers happy (Producer perspective)

    Published on October 20, 2016

    The recent extension of the AGOA legislation until 2025 provides manufacturers and designers from all AGOA-eligible countries with the opportunity to export a range of products to the U.S duty-free. To take advantage of this, African producers need U.S. buyers. 

    Interested in learning how to attract U.S. buyers and make them happy? Watch this video. Long-time exporters Phillip Leakey and Laurence Muze provide some advice.

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    New on our Knowledge Center: SME Competitiveness Outlook 2016

    Published on October 19, 2016

    Capture.PNGSME Competitiveness Outlook 2016: Meeting the Standard for Trade is a report of the International Trade Center (ITC). It focuses on the role of standards and regulations in increasing the competitiveness of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The report combines data analysis, academic insights, thought leader opinions and case studies to provide guidance for policymakers, SME managers and standard setters.

    It also discusses various standards and provides general insights into the impact of standards and regulations on SME competitiveness. The report further provides targeted insights into specific channels through which individual standards and regulations affect SMEs.

    It is a useful resource in providing strategies for SME managers on how to select and implement standards and regulations.

    Visit the Knowledge Center for this report and more.

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    Hub policy team appraises Kenya National Assembly on EAC Common Market Protocol implementation progress

    Published on October 19, 2016

    One of the key focus areas of the Hub's policy work is supporting the implementation of the East African Community (EAC) Common Market Protocol. Through the protocol, EAC Partner States have committed to liberalize the movement of goods, services and capital, in addition to other factors of production, thus enhancing trade and investment in an increasingly competitive region.

    The Hub is working with the region's private sector to accelerate implementation of the protocol. This advocacy partnership is strengthened by the Hub's network of legal practitioners who regularly conduct legal assessments to assess acts of parliament, bills and draft regulations that may have measures that operate against the EAC Common Market Protocol. These updates are shared with private sector in order to strengthen the advocacy process in support of a conducive trade and investment environment in the EAC. Key instruments currently under focus include The Companies Act (that requires mandatory 30% share holding for foreign companies to be held by Kenyans by birth) and the ICT Practitioners Bill (that requires onerous licensing requirements to practice in ICT-related businesses or professions).


    Left: Seated: Hon. Florence Kajuju, MP, Chair, Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on Regional Integration, Hon. David Ochieng, MP, Member, PSC on Regional Integration. Standing - Ms. Agatha Juma, Head of Public-Private Dialogue, KEPSA and Mr. Alfred K’Ombudo Common Market Implementation Coordinator at the Hub.

    Right (from right to left): Hon. Adan Duale, Parliament Leader of Majority, Hon. Justin Muturi, Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Justin Bundi, Clerk of the National Assembly, Mr. Nicholas Nesbitt, Board Member, KEPSA.

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