East Africa Trade and Investment Hub Gender Strategy. The East African Community (EAC) was created to promote cooperation between member states in order to drive regional economic competitiveness, value added production, trade and investments.Women are present in the region’s trade and export space but there is still a gendered structure to the economy. Men dominate most high-growth sectors and women are missing from the higher end of value chains. Where women are present in high numbers it is often as laborers or unskilled workers and not in management or ownership positions. Where women-led firms are present, they often have difficulty growing beyond the SME level, hindering their ability to succeed in export markets and act as catalysts for drawing investment to the region. Lower access to resources in comparison to their male peers impacts women at all levels and sectors. Constraints around access to information, finances, and inputs are compounded with lower capacity and higher time demands associated with social expectations that women carry the majority of home care responsibilities.
East Africa Trade and Investment Hub Annual Work Plan is the project's strategic approach for the next one year (August 20, 2014-August 19, 2015).
The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub is the U.S. government’s flagship project under the presidential Trade Africa initiative, launched in 2013 to boost trade and investment with and within Africa. The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub partners with East African and U.S. businesses to attract investment that drives economic growth and transforms the East African private sector into vibrant global trading partners. Improving the region’s trade competitiveness, encouraging the diversification of exports beyond natural resources, and promoting broader, more inclusive economic growth will lead to more food secure and resilient East African communities.