The USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub works to boost trade and investment with and within East Africa. Find out more...

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  • Video: Looking for investment? Here are some tips from Angel Investors

    Published on August 16, 2017

    The Hub works to attract, mobilize and sustain new private-sector investment within the East Africa region, with the goal of facilitating $100 million of new investments by 2019. So far the Hub has facilitated $56.2 million private sector investments. Investment is a core ingredient for firms of all sizes to innovate, grow and ultimately sell their products locally, regionally and internationally.

    The Hub’s investment facilitation focus sectors include: agribusiness, financial services, health innovation and ICT. To achieve this goal, the Hub offers transaction support services to eligible investors, including private equity funds, commercial banks, impact funds, and development finance institutions. The Hub also supports the regional governments in attracting foreign direct investment by enabling structure specific sectors such as textile and leather to be more competitive and attract investment. 

    To increase investment facilitation in the region, the Hub supports matchmaking events that link investors to potential investees such at the 2016 Angel Fair Africa held in Nairobi. The Hub queried investors on how investees should construct a compelling investment pitch. Watch the videos below to hear their tips.

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    New on our Knowledge Center: World Investment Report 2017

    Published on August 16, 2017

    World_Investment_Report_2017_image.JPGNew on our Knowledge Center: World Investment Report 2017. Global investment is seeing a modest recovery, with projections for 2017 cautiously optimistic. Higher economic growth expectations across major regions, a resumption of growth in trade and a recovery in corporate profits could support a small increase in foreign direct investment (FDI). Global flows are forecast to increase to almost $1.8 trillion in 2017, continuing to $1.85 trillion in 2018 – still below the 2007 peak. Policy uncertainty and geopolitical risks could hamper the recovery, and tax policy changes could significantly affect cross-border investment.

    The digital economy is a key driver of growth and development. It can provide a boost to competitiveness across all sectors, new opportunities for business and entrepreneurial activity, and new avenues for accessing overseas markets and participating in global e-value chains. It also provides new tools for tackling persistent development problems. Yet, it comes with a host of policy challenges, including the needs to bridge the digital divide, minimize potential negative social and development impacts, and deal with complex internet-specific regulatory issues. The opportunities and challenges associated with the digital economy are particularly important for developing countries.

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    The Hub discusses its role in promoting US Africa trade and investment at the 2017 AGOA Forum

    Published on August 10, 2017

    From August 8-10, the Hub participated in the United States Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum (AGOA Forum) in Lome, Togo.  The Forum was officially opened by the Prime Minister of Togo, Mr. Komi Selou Klassou who urged delegates to discuss ways to boost trade between the United States and Africa.

    United States Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer addressed delegates during the official opening   and emphasized on the United States is commitment to trade with Africa. 

    “We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal of establishing a true partnership for the future.  By lowering barriers and tackling other constraints that impede trade and investment, we are poised to see U.S.-Africa trade flourish.  To realize these gains, however, much more work needs to be done, as we will discuss during this important AGOA Forum,” said United States Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer. 

    Download Opening Statement of USTR Robert Lighthizer at 2017 AGOA Forum here

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    Technology steers forward East Africa’s regional trade

    Published on August 10, 2017

    One of the Hub’s larger mandate is to encourage technology adoption in order to strengthen intra-regional trade in the East African region. In support of this quest, the Hub in 2016/2017 conducted workshops in all the East African Community (EAC) Member States to train public and private sector stakeholders on how to use electronic notification systems to address technical barriers to trade (TBT) and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) issues and to provide participants with the context information on why notifications are an important obligation for the World Trade Organization (WTO) Member States.

    Recently the Hub- supported a training on WTO’s ePing Electronic Notification System (ENS) to seek to help individual exporters, particularly SMEs, keep track of all the changes that might occur in international trade rules and regulations in the form of notifications.

    ePing enables timely access to these notifications and facilitates dialogue amongst the public and private sector in addressing potential trade problems at an early stage. The system is publicly available on the internet for anyone to use.

    It works as follows: Users can access notification records online by going to Notifications are searchable by multiple parameters including: the product name (HS or ICS code), whether it is TBT or SPS related and notifying country among others. Further, anyone can register on the system to receive notification alerts by email.

    A registered user can save preferences of products and countries of interest to narrow down such alerts to their area of interest. Documents related to the notification and other details are also available for download on ePing. Registered users can also discuss notifications online.

    Are you an exporter? Want to learn why you should be using ePing ? Watch our one-minute video below!

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