The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub) works to attract, mobilize and sustain new private-sector investment within the East Africa region. Investment is a core ingredient for firms of all sizes to innovate, grow and ultimately sell their products locally, regionally and internationally. 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.

Download our investment fact sheet to learn more about our work.


Transaction Advisory

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

Download East African Investment Opportunities (as showcased at the World Investment Forum, July 2016)

Contact the Hub's transaction advisory team at for transaction-related queries.

Public Engagements

Leather Adviser

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.

Download the Investor Pack 

Interested in investing in Kenya's Leather Park? download application.

If you have questions regarding the leather value chain in Kenya, contact Mr. Awale - or +254 (0) 722 710 162

Textile Adviser 

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.

Our Partners

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