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  • New on our Knowledge Center: Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Impact

    Published on September 22, 2016

    AGOA_Impact.PNGAfrica Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Impact is a publication of the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (The Hub). It outlines the value of the Hub’s facilitated AGOA exports for the period of October 2014 – June 2016 and highlights individual stories of AGOA success. 

    Among the featured success stories is United Aryan Limited (UAL) textile factory, which is a leading Kenyan exporter of apparel to the U.S. that has created 8,000 jobs for Kenyans. UAL expects to employ nearly 10,000 Kenyans in the coming months, which is a substantial number in a country that has an estimated 40% unemployment rate.

    Visit the Knowledge Center for this report and more.

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    Source East Africa starts today, September 23, in Arusha, Tanzania

    Published on September 21, 2016

    World Fair Trade Organization Africa, TradeMark East Africa, CBI and the Hub have joined forces to host a new professional trade fair, Source East Africa, on September 23-25 in Arusha, Tanzania. The trade fair brings together 40 exhibitors in the crafts products sector to liaise with buyers from the U.S, Australia and the East African region. The goal: promote greater trade of East African products.  

    The crafts sector has a huge economic potential for the countries in the region. It creates desperately needed jobs in rural and peri-urban areas and adds value to local raw materials. Besides generating export earnings, it can also contribute to import substitution by providing locally produced alternatives to imported products.  

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    The Hub expands investment ties in Mauritius

    Published on September 21, 2016

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    On September 21 and 22, the Hub’s Investment Director, Ms. Kanini Mutooni, participated in the Africa Partnership Conference, a two-day event to promote innovative tools and solutions for attracting and retaining high-quality foreign direct investment. The Board of Investment Mauritius and World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies hosted the event. Ms. Mutooni participated in a panel discussion titled Mauritius-Africa Partnership – Growth through Collaboration and moderated a panel discussion on Engineering the Future of Africa.

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    Reviewing Kenya's progress in implementing the EAC Common Market Protocol

    Published on September 21, 2016

    The Hub is partnering with private sector apex bodies in each of the East African Community (EAC) Partner States to accelerate implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol. In Kenya, the Hub is working with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA). The Hub is specifically working on policy support to achieve the Protocol's provisions that call for free movement of goods, services and capital in the EAC. Full implementation of these provisions will enhance inter-regional trade and boost investment.

    To establish an effective common market, the EAC Partner States committed to rolling back existing measures (and avoiding enacting new laws) that prevent market integration. The Hub closely monitors the policy landscape in Kenya, and the wider EAC, to determine the impact of new laws and regulations on progress towards achieving a fully integrated market.

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