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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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  • New on our Knowledge Center: Economic Growth in East Africa

    Published on January 18, 2018

    Economic_Brief.pngEconomic Growth in East Africa is an analytical brief published by the United States Agency for International Development, prepared by the Economic Analysis and Data Services Team. This brief provides an overview of economic growth, trade, and agriculture in the East African countries of Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Somalia. According to the latest figures from the IMF’s World Economic Outlook, East Africa was the fastest growing economy in the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region in 2016. The East African economy grew by 4.5 percent in 2016 and is expected to increase by 7.3 percent in 2017 and 8.9 percent by 2022, not adjusting for inflation (IMF, 2017).

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    Tanzania works to boost cross-border seed trade with ISTA compliance

    Published on January 18, 2018

    The USAID Hub is supporting the Tanzania Official Seed Certification Institute (TOSCI) -- the national seed-testing laboratory -- to finalize its accreditation to the International Seed Trade Association (ISTA). Findings by ISTA auditors will guide TOSCI on the steps they need to take for full ISTA accreditation. Tanzania’s compliance with ISTA will boost its cross-border seed trade. In addressing regional policy constraints like lack of harmonized standards, the Hub is helping to increase the flow of seeds within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) region. Tanzania’s adoption of equivalent standards will support the growth of the grains, pulses and horticulture value chains.

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    Kenya AGOA stakeholders set target of doubling 2016 value of AGOA exports to the United States by 2025

    Published on January 18, 2018

    Today the USAID Hub and the Kenya Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives joined Kenya’s private sector to review and validate a new Kenya National African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Strategy. Since 2010, Kenya has nearly doubled its exports to the U.S. under AGOA, from $225 million to $389 million in 2016. The new National AGOA Strategy outlines updated priority actions for Kenya to diversify its export portfolio with the goal of doubling the value exports to the U.S. under AGOA by 2025.

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    Top nine USAID Hub policy reforms -- making trade and investment easier in East Africa

    Published on January 17, 2018

    The USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub works to promote a more predictable, transparent and enabling business environment in East Africa, conducive to trade competitiveness and accelerated investment. Here are our top nine reforms: https://youtu.be/lRq90FSxlHw

    The USAID Hub team works closely with a network of private businesses, investment firms, trade associations, and development partners, to gather, collate and assess evidence for trade policy and regulatory reform. The USAID Hub and partners then initiate dialogue with policy makers and regulators. The above video illustrates are successes to date.

     

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