The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub) works to attract and accelerate U.S./East African Community (EAC) investment and technology adoption. The Hub has a goal of facilitating $100 Million in investments and creating 10,000 jobs by 2019. Our investment component works in four priority sectors: ICT, agribusiness, financial services, and cotton, textile and apparel, within the EAC, Ethiopia, and Madagascar.
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Are you an investor seeking opportunities, or a business seeking $2M or more in funding? The Hub offers transaction support services. Eligible investors include private equity funds, commercial banks, impact funds, and development finance institutions. The Hub’s transaction team acts as a neutral intermediary to provide:
- Opportunity validation
- Market intelligence
- Fundraising support
- Due diligence
- Deal structuring
- Financial analysis and modelling
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Contact the Hub's transaction advisory team at email@example.com for transaction-related queries.
The Hub has a leather advisor, Mr. Yassin Awale, who is supporting the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, to attract investment to Kenya's leather sector and create market linkages for local leather and leather-products producers. The Hub's leather advisor has a target of supporting the Ministry to identify and facilitate $10 million worth in new trade deals and investments in the leather sector.
Mr. Awale is part of the task force spearheading the development of the upcoming Kenya Leather Park in Machakos. The taskforce has recently published an investor pack for the park.
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If you have questions regarding the leather value chain in Kenya, contact Mr. Awale - firstname.lastname@example.org or +254 (0) 722 710 162
The Hub has provided an in-kind grant to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives in the form of a Textile Adviser, Mr Rajeev Arora, to the Cabinet Secretary for a 12-month period. This support is aimed at attracting investment, increasing the country’s AGOA exports and the creation of new jobs in the high priority CTA sector. In addition, Mr. Arora undertakes advocacy work with relevant national, regional and international agencies towards improving the cotton, textile and apparel sectors trade and investment enabling environment.
This support to the Ministry contributes to the Hub’s overall objective of increasing intra-regional and international trade, creating jobs and facilitating investment, trade and technology transfer in the EAC.
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Published on January 12, 2017
One of the primary activities of the Hub in its mission to 'boost trade and investment with and within East Africa' is accelerating private sector investment into the region by providing a neutral investment facilitation service, at no cost, to investors seeking to deploy capital to East African businesses and to businesses seeking to raise funds. The Hub partners with CrossBoundary LLC, a frontier market transaction advisory firm, to offer this service targeting high-impact sectors of eastern Africa, specifically ICT, agribusiness, financial services, health innovation, and cotton, textile and apparel. In addition, The Hub prioritizes transactions that contribute to employment, regional trade, technology acquisition, and gender inclusion. Its goal is to facilitate $100 million in new investments and create 10,000 jobs by August 2019. Since its launch in 2014 the Hub has facilitated $31 million in new investments in the technology, dairy and financial services sectors across the region.
Published on December 02, 2016
The minister of Trade Amelia Kyambadde has said government is putting efforts on how to raise awareness about the importance of mobilising finance to generate inclusive and sustainable industrialisation.Ms Kyambadde made the remarks at celebrations to mark 10 years of Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) and Africa Industrialisation Day in Kampala recently.The minister said this year's theme "Financing Industrialisation in Africa; Challenges and winning Strategies" is appropriate at this time when industrialisation is high on government development agenda."Without adequate and affordable finance, Uganda and Africa in general risk not having strong industries to create jobs hence adding value to raw materials thereby risk remaining shackled by joblessness and poverty," she said. Source: AllAfrica. Read more...
Published on November 23, 2016
The Hub provides no-cost transaction support services for private equity funds, commercial banks, impact funds, and development finance institutions seeking to invest in high-impact sectors of eastern Africa, specifically ICT, agribusiness, financial services, health innovation, and cotton, textile and apparel.
The Hub’s support services address the challenges that investors may have in completing transactions or that businesses may confront in raising capital. Services include due diligence, financial analysis, market intelligence, and deal structuring. The Hub prioritizes transactions that contribute to employment, regional trade, technology acquisition, and gender inclusion. Its goal is to facilitate $100 million in new investments and create 10,000 jobs by August 2019. Since May 2015, the Hub has facilitated $31 million in new investments in the technology, dairy and financial services sectors.Want to learn more? Watch this video.
Published on October 28, 2016
The Hub will be participating in and sponsoring the upcoming Angel Fair Africa 2016 to be held November 10 - 11 in Nairobi. The event seeks to connect startups in the technology sector with angel investors. This will be the fourth edition of the annual event that has previously been held in Johannesburg, Lagos and Accra. Past events have resulted in several investments. For instance, at the 2015 event held in Accra, Ghana: Moneyboxx a financial technology company secured $20 million from a local investor and Zeepay a mobile money aggregator attracted $200,000.
Published on September 30, 2016
On September 27, the Hub signed a memorandum of understanding with Madagascar National Investment Promotion Agency to attract trade and investment into Madagascar and the eastern Africa region.
"Madagascar National Investment Promotion Agency very pleased to partner with the Hub and to work hand in hand to realize technical assistance programs on access to capital. Malagasy companies especially SMEs are in need of this kind of support," said Johari Rajosefa, Director Investor Services Madagascar National Investment Promotion Agency.
Published on August 16, 2016
Executives of leading businesses in the United States will Sunday start a tour to seek investment opportunities in Kenya.
The three-day trade mission is one of the biggest private ventures and reflects a growing effort by US corporates not to be outpaced in Africa by Chinese investors.The tour is organised by the Washington-based Corporate Council on Africa.
Stephen Hayes, president and CEO of the 180-member business association, is leading the delegation, which will also travel to Ethiopia. Read more. Source | Daily Nation
Published on August 15, 2016
Tanzania remains the centre of attractions to investors in Africa and the globe due its immense and unique investment opportunities.
“Tanzania is endowed with unique investment opportunities among the East African countries and has been the major focus on most investors from Africa and the world,” the Frontier Advisor, Deloitte, Mr Martyn Davies said in Dar es Salaam at the weekend.
He made the remarks on behalf of the delegation of bankers and entrepreneurs from South Africa during their visits into the Tanzania Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) to explore investment opportunities. Read more. Source | Daily News
Published on August 15, 2016
Rwanda has mobilised $10.5 million in export credit guarantees to subsidise production, market entry, financing and insurance costs for its exporters, especially to the US.
In the 2016/17 budget, Finance Minister Claver Gatete announced a $1.2 million allocation to grow the export credit guarantee scheme. Last week, Trade and Industry Minister Francois Kanimba said that entering external markets is costly for small and medium enterprises if they bear all the costs.
“We are looking for ways of sharing these costs,” he said while launching the Rwanda Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) Action Plan. The initial plan is to support 30 exporters to sell high-value products in the US market. Read more. Source | East African