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  • Specialty food workshop - Rwanda

    Published on August 25, 2016

    On September 1, the Hub is hosting a one-day, specialty-food workshop for export-ready, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Kigali, Rwanda. The interactive workshop will feature a presentation by the Hub's agricultural value chain expert (and experienced specialty food exporter), with a Q & A session to follow.

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    Source East Africa launched

    Published on August 25, 2016

    Today, the Hub, in collaboration with Center for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI), World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) Africa, TradeMark East Africa, and Craft Africa launched Source East Africa, a home decor trade fair scheduled for September 23-25 in Arusha, Tanzania. Source East Africa will connect East African crafts producers with regional and international buyers, and promote sustainable market linkages for greater export.


    The two-day craft fair is the first of its kind in East Africa and will be free and open to the public.  The event will feature an array of modern makers, hands-on workshops, food and drink, fashion, music and more.


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    The Hub and IL&FS Clusters partner to support SMEs in Kenya's leather sector

    Published on August 25, 2016


    On August 24, the Hub signed a grant with IL&FS Clusters, an Indian-based small- and medium-sized enterprise development group. The Hub’s leather advisor to the Ministry of Industry and Enterprise Development, Mr. Yassin Awale, will work directly with IL&FS, and in collaboration with the Kenya Leather Development Council and Leather Articles Entrepreneurs Association, to design and implement a training program for SMEs in the leather sector. The program will focus on enhancing the technical expertise of the SMEs to make them more competitive for the export market. 

    “I strongly believe the leather sector is the heart of Kenya’s development and this grant will play a key role in the development of the sector,” said Kenya Leather Development Council, Chief Executive Officer Dr. Issack Noor.

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    New on our Knowledge Center: The Role of Trade in Ending Poverty

    Published on August 25, 2016

    Role_of_Trade_in_Ending_Poverty.PNGThe Role of Trade in Ending Poverty is a joint publication of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). It highlights how trade can contribute to the sustainable development goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030.

    The publication explores how sustained efforts to lower trade costs and integrating global markets can maximize gains for the extreme poor. It also offers strategies on how to support further integration of the poor into global trade by lowering trade costs in a way that maximizes the gains and minimizes the risks.

    It is a useful resource in offering interrelated and complementary areas of policy for maximizing the gains of trade opportunities for the poor.

    Visit the Knowledge Center for this report and more.

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