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  • Video: Meet Helima, a Hub-supported cross-border trader

    Published on May 25, 2017

    Helima is just one of the many cross-border traders who is benefitting from capacity-building sessions through the Regional Traders Association Development Project, implemented by the Agricultural Market Development Trust (AGMARK) through a grant from the Hub. Watch this video to hear about what she is learning and how she hopes to grow her business through her new network of fellow trainees.






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    New on our Knowledge Center: Indicator- Based Monitoring of Regional Economic Integration

    Published on May 25, 2017


    The Fourth World Report on Regional Integration (2017), Indicator- Based Monitoring of Regional Economic Integration is a publication of the United Nations University.

    The report is a collaboration of experts from different continents working on regional integration and presents experiences with monitoring the implementation of regional economic integration policies such as preferential trade areas, common markets or economic and monetary unions. This volume discusses both the technical and governance aspects of such systems, and best practices. The regional experiences that are covered include: EU, Eurasia, ASEAN, EAC, COMESA, CARICOM, ACP Group, and the Americas. 


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    Save the date: Fashion Footwear Association of New York Shoe Expo

    Published on May 25, 2017

    From May 31 – June 2, the Hub will host a pavilion at the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) to showcase Ethiopia’s strength in footwear manufacturing. Ethiopia has a developed leather industry that makes the country a significant shoe producer and the top African exporter of shoes to the U.S. under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The goal of the Hub's participation at FFANY is to increase Ethiopia's exports to the U.S. through AGOA.


    “We have six key factories that are a good representation of Ethiopia shoe-making capabilities that can compete not only in the U.S. but around the world,” said Jordan Saliman, Hub’s Footwear Export Advisor.

    Saliman says the investments in developing, teaching and training workers are evident in the final product. “We have come a long way… but, like any business, have to be fully involved,” he said.

    Below, Saliman shares the need-to-know facts about sourcing in Ethiopia and why it is the right time for U.S. brands to consider the country.

    Why is it a good time for the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub to focus on footwear, and particularly the U.S.?

    Saliman: The Hub is involved in all aspects of economic development for East Africa based out of Kenya. Our responsibility is to develop export and trading opportunities for Africa and our international partners, build opportunities for employment in our trade and development sectors…especially leather and footwear.

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    Ethiopian trucks en route to diminish Kenyan food insecurity

    Published on May 25, 2017


    (Above, maize-filled Ethiopian trucks stand ready for a journey to the Kenyan border of Moyale. Once in Moyale, the grain is offloaded into Kenyan trucks for the remainder of the trip.)

    Kenyans are scouring the local supermarkets and kiosks in search of maize flour. The price of the treasured staple food has skyrocketed since the East African region suffered historically low rainfalls last year. Maize flour is now both scarce and costly, affecting the household food security of Kenyan families.

    “I found some yesterday, but had to pay 150ksh ($1.50) for a 2kg packet. The store made me buy an additional 200ksh ($2) of items to get the ugali (maize flour),” said Fridah, a housecleaner in Nairobi.

    Relief is on the way. The first half of a 50,000MT order has crossed the Kenya/Ethiopia border of Moyale. The Government of Kenya purchased the maize from an Ethiopian seller with the support of the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (Hub). The Government order follows 25,000MT of maize that has already arrived in country as a result of a March business-to-business linkage forum supported by the Hub. 

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