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  • New on our Knowledge Center: The World Investment Report 2016

    Published on June 24, 2016

    World_Investment_Report_2016.PNGThe World Investment Report 2016 is a publication of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). It examines international production by multinational enterprises. It also details the ownership structures and control of affiliates of the said enterprises.

    The report focuses on how policymakers can distinguish between "domestic" and "foreign" companies in a globalized economy. It also provides a new framework for handling ownership issues in the investment policy-making process in the 21st century.

    The publication is a useful resource in ensuring that policymakers are fully equipped with information regarding the ultimate origin of investors, as required by most government policies. It concludes by giving an analysis of global trends in foreign direct investment and prospects for 2016-2018.

    Visit the Knowledge Center for this report and more.

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    Hub sponsors 2nd Kampala Private Equity & Venture Capital Conference 2016

    Published on June 23, 2016

    The Hub supported the second Kampala Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference, organized by the Uganda Investment Authority from June 21 - 22. The conference brought together entrepreneurs, alternative finance investors (private equity and venture capital firms), and other players in the investment space, under the theme, "Fostering the growth of SMEs though alternative financing." The Hub presented on its investment facilitation work in East Africa, highlighting lessons learned and strategies for future investment facilitation. The Hub also connected with several organizations and individuals who could be strong future partners.


    Photo courtesy of UIA.

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    Video: Enhancing Zanzibar's regional trade competitiveness through trade policy

    Published on June 22, 2016

    Zanzibar's private sector primarily consists of micro, small & medium-sized enterprises, 88 percent of which are informal and unregistered. The private sector employs about 95 percent of the island’s labor force.  However, there is little awareness among Zanzibar's private sector about the East African Community (EAC) Common Market and the potential benefits the island nation could reap from maximizing inter-regional trade through the provisions of the EAC Common Market Protocol.

    In June, the Hub held a public private dialogue in Zanzibar to assess challenges to implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol and pave a way forward.

    Watch a recap of the event here:

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    Video: Sseko Designs, Uganda - An AGOA Success Story:

    Published on June 21, 2016

    Ugandan shoe company Sseko Designs is a prime example of the difference the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) can make for African exporters. Sseko designs, makes and exports fashionable footwear and other accessories. It is also a social enterprise that supports girls in Uganda to raise funds for university. The company has grown from five employees to 35 full-time workers in the span of five years. Today, it exports an average of 3,000 pairs of sandals per month, making it the largest shoe exporter in Uganda.

    We recently chatted with Ms. Agnes Netunze, Operations Manager at Sseko, about the company and the impact AGOA has had in helping them become more competitive.

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