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  • The Hub partners with the Federation of East Africa Freight Forwarders Associations (FEAFFA) to boost regional trade

    Published on May 24, 2016

    On May 24, the Hub signed a grant agreement with the Federation of East African Freight Forwarders Associations (FEAFFA) to support its capacity building efforts within the East African Community (EAC) freight forwarders industry, specifically in relation to implementation of the revised EAC Rules of Origin.The partnership will improve compliance with the EAC Rules of Origin and reduce the cost and time required for cargo to cross the border by diminishing rules of origin-related choke points.

    The Federation is a private sector apex body of freight forwarders’ associations in the East Africa region. It was established in 2006. 

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    "FEAFFA represents the private sector who know and experience the real issues on the ground. We are confident that this partnership will result in making regional trade more fluid and benefit the entire East Africa region", said Hub Chief of Party, Mr. Juan Estrada-Valle

    "The key word is transparency. FEAFFA wants to professionalize the industry and cut the cost of doing business thereby boosting regional trade", said FEAFFA President Ms. Merian Sebunya.

     

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    Strengthening private sector engagement in policy making in Zanzibar

    Published on May 20, 2016

    The Hub will facilitate its fifth Public-Private Dialogue (PPD) meeting in support of implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol, this time in Zanzibar on May 26. The meeting, to be hosted by the Zanzibar National Chamber of Commerce, Industry & Agriculture, in conjunction with the Hub, will review the implementation status of the Common Market and Customs Union, and explore opportunities for stronger private sector participation in the rule-making, implementation and monitoring processes of these trade instruments.

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    New on our Knowledge Center: Trade Finance and SMEs – Bridging the Gaps in Provision

    Published on May 19, 2016

    Trade_Finance_and_SMEs.PNGTrade Finance and SMEs: Bridging the Gaps in Provision is a publication of the World Trade Organization that discusses the role of trade finance in helping developing countries participate in global trade. It  elaborates on how trade financing is useful in assisting small businesses to grow and in supporting the development of the poorest countries. The publication also emphasizes the importance of multilateral agencies working together in responding to this issue.

    Visit the Knowledge Center for this publication and more.

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    Twitter Chat: Investing in youth in agribusiness for job creation, food security and economic development

    Published on May 17, 2016

    The Hub and the Inter-Region Economic Network (IREN) will host a Twitter Chat on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 10.30 AM to 12.00 PM on the topic, "Investing in youth in agribusiness for job creation, food security and economic development". The Twitter Chat sets the stage for the Agribusiness and Innovation Trade Fair 2016 (#AITF2016), the final phase of the Young Innovators in Agribusiness (#YIAC2016) competition, that will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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    The Twitter chat will convene a panel of experts to discuss and answer questions from chat participants on among other things the available sources of finance for youth venturing in agribusiness in East Africa and what investors look for in order to invest.

    Chat date: May 25, 2016, 10.30 AM to 12.00 PM

    Title: Investing in youth in agribusiness for job creation, food security and economic development

    Twitter handles: @InvestEAfrica @IRENKenya

    Hashtags: #YIAC2016 #YouthInAg

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