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  • New our Knowledge Center : EAC Industrial Competitiveness Report 2017

    Published on November 16, 2017

    EAC_Industrialization.JPGEAC Industrial Competitiveness Report 2017 is a publication by the East Africa Community (EAC) Secretariat. The report aims at positioning the region's industry in the international scene by bench-marking its performance and capability against other comparators; and providing a compass to policymakers, the private sector (in particular manufacturing associations), and generally a wider audience of stakeholders interested and/or involved in industry on the broad direction of the industrial development trajectory of the EAC as a whole and of the internal dynamics among Partner States.

    It also analyses the progress towards the attainment of the goals set in the EAC Industrialisation Policy 2012-2032; and provides diagnostics of manufacturing sector performance in the EAC and individual Partner States.

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    Policy makers meet to discuss the implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol

    Published on November 16, 2017

    eals_pic.jpgThis week the Hub is participating in the EAC-themed 22nd East African Law Society (EALS) Annual Conference in Entebbe, Uganda. This annual event brings together lawyers, judges, magistrates, and selected Members of Parliament to advance issues of interest to the legal profession and regionalism. The conference presents the opportunity for the Hub to build capacity of EALS's members on regional integration matters and support implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol.

    During the Leading Law Firms’ Forum, one of the side events at the conference, at least 100 leading private practitioners met to discuss potential reforms for the region’s investment policy stance, with a view to improving the laws and regulations that influence the investment environment. The conference will wind up with a panel on the EAC Common Market Protocol. This will provide an opportunity for sensitization on matters regarding the EAC Common Market; increase awareness on the Hub’s efforts towards its implementation within the region; capacity building of members of the EALS in regional integration matters and an opportunity to create partnerships for advocacy on EAC integration matters.

    One of the key focus areas of the Hub's policy work is supporting the implementation of the East African Community (EAC) Common Market Protocol. Through the protocol, EAC Partner States have committed to liberalize the movement of goods, services and capital, in addition to other factors of production, thus enhancing trade and investment in an increasingly competitive region. Over the last two years, the Hub’s trade policy and regulatory reform activities helped achieve a 39% increase in intra-regional trade within the EAC. Watch the video below to find out more about the EAC Common Market Protocol:

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    Video: Hub-supported East African companies to pitch at upcoming investment fair in South Africa

    Published on November 16, 2017

    From November 20 - 22, the Hub is supporting five East African companies to attend and pitch to potential investors at the African AGRI Investment Indaba 2017. Watch the below video to hear about how linkage events like the African AGRI Investment Indaba help lay the groundwork for more deal closures. The Hub has supported the closure of $57 million in investments over the life of the project, with $155 million of deals under review in its investment pipeline. The African Agri Council is hosting the African Agri Investment Indaba 2017 as part of its 2017 strategic vision to promote and facilitate investment into African agriculture.

    The 2017 African AGRI Investment Indaba focuses on Investment Discovery Sessions that link accredited investors (African and International), agri executives and entrepreneurs from the entire agriculture value chain with new investment opportunities. The Investment Discovery Sessions will feature opportunities in inputs, primary agriculture, agro-processing, technology and aquaculture. All sessions will be divided into ticket size ranging from $5 million to $95 million. The sessions will take place in a private setting with a pre-selected panel of investors. Investors will receive access to detailed briefings on companies and projects aligned to their specific interests.  

    As a lead up to the Indaba, the African Agri Council held three African Agri Investment Discovery Forums in London, Hong Kong and New York between April and June 2017. These outward missions focused on investment in the most innovative and competitive sectors in agriculture across the African continent and were designed to help investors, businesses and governments explore African investment climates and international trade. 

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    Hub promotes sourcing from East Africa at Destination Africa trade show

    Published on November 16, 2017

    Destination Africa trade show participants now have a better idea of East African sourcing opportunities because of the Hub. The Hub maintained a booth at the recent Egyptian trade show and sponsored high-capacity Ethiopian apparel manufacturer Velocity to attend. 

    Destination Africa organizers made a strong effort to attract key U.S. buyers to the show, the Hub's primary audience for market linkages. The Hub had very productive discussions with U.S. companies the Children's Place, Jack & Jones and Li & Fung about sourcing from East Africa. Since project start, the Hub has helped facilitate nearly $300 million of exports to the U.S. through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Creating market linkages at trade shows like Destination Africa contributes to growing that number.

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