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.

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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EAC exchanges call for fast-tracking of capital markets integration to attract more investors

Published on July 11, 2017
The east African Securities Exchanges Association (EASEA) has commended the current developments on the regional infrastructure and tasked its technical committee to fast-track implementation of the capital markets infrastructure to provide new possibilities for investors seeking cross-border trade opportunities. This was during the EASEA 29th meeting in Nairobi, Kenya on Friday that brought together regional exchanges chiefs from Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Geoffrey Odundo, the CEO of the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) that hosted the meeting, said it is crucial to strengthen the region’s financial markets to attract more investors and increase their liquidity. “An integrated market is critical for attracting foreign investors and increasing liquidity of the region’s market, and as a member of the association, CDSC therefore remains committed towards achieving this key milestone,” added the Central Depository and Settlement Corporation’s (CDSC) head of ICT, James Gikonyo. Read more. Source | New Times
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East, southern African countries in $100m grain trade deal

Published on July 06, 2017
Grain traders in East and southern Africa countries are set to benefit from trade deals worth $100 million signed in Zambia that will see the export of 383,640 tonnes of commodities. This is expected to strengthen food trade links between southern Africa countries – Zambia, Malawi, South Africa and Zimbabwe – and those from the East – Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. The contracts were signed in Lusaka last week during a forum organised by the Eastern Africa Grain Council (EAGC) and Zambian Commodity Exchange (Zamace) with the support of USAid’s East and Southern Africa trade and investment hubs. Read more. Source | East African
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Improved technologies enhancing productivity

Published on July 05, 2017
The joint effort of partners in generating and distributing agricultural technologies making positive impact in boosting productivity and availing inputs to the industry. Ethiopian Agricultural Business Corporation Deputy CEO Tafesse Gebru told The Ethiopian Herald that the country has made improvement in utilizing agricultural technology to boost productivity. To back ongoing achievements, the corporation is doing its level best in distributing technologies such as fertilizers, improved seeds, machineries and others. This year,the corporation has distributed about 18 tractors to farmers while plans to import extra combiners and graders shortly. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
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Ethiopia eyeing cluster centers to fast track industrialization

Published on July 05, 2017
Ethiopia is eyeing at strengthening its Small and Medium Scale (SMS) manufacturing industries through shared infrastructure of cluster centers, according to Federal Small and Medium Manufacturing Industry Development Agency. Agency Director Asfaw Abebe said the newly setup Agency is working on strengthening the Small and Medium scale manufacturing industries by building cluster Centers across the Country. “This project, which would be carried out as part of a cluster based industrialization scheme aims to address the problem of workspaces for small and medium manufacturing industries and help to strengthen the interlink between and among them.” The scheme would be an important mechanism that would enable the Country to support its industrial development in an integrated and harmonized manner. Read more. Source | Ethiopia Herald
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Invest more in research to spur trade and devt, COMESA urged

Published on June 28, 2017
The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) member states have been urged to invest more in research and innovative projects to  fast-track economic development in the  region. This, according to trade experts, would help produce evidence based data that help policy makers to move fast on market integration and business. Speaking during the third COMESA Annual Research Forum in Kigali, Dr Kipyego Cheluget, the COMESA assistant secretary general, said the economic challenges facing Africa and COMESA bloc, in particular, can be best addressed through evidence based policies. The five-day forum is running under the theme, “Boosting intra-African trade through regional economic communities: Perspectives from COMESA regional integration programme”, and seeks to strengthen the participation of governments and other key stakeholders in the regional integration agenda by sharing and discussing research findings. Read more. Source | New Times
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TanTrade to harness regional trade at DITF

Published on June 28, 2017
In a bid to strengthen businesses within East Africa, the Tanzania Trade Development Authority (Tantrade) has organised a day for businessmen from those countries to meet and discuss business. The event, first of its kind, will take place during the 41th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF) set to commence tomorrow to July 8, this year at Mwl Julius Nyerere grounds. According to Mr Charles Mwijage, the minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, EAC businessmen will meet on July 6, with a view of discussing business and how to improve their products so that can compete at international markets. Read more. Source | The Citizen
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Dar among top 5 fastest growing economies

Published on June 22, 2017
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AfDB, export trading group ink $100 million to support agriculture

Published on June 20, 2017
he African Development Bank (AfDB) Group and Export Trading Group (ETG) have   signed a financial agreement worth $ 100 million loan to finance support agriculture on the African continent. The money is expected promote employment for youths and women, and adopt an integrated value-chain approach that emphasizes access to regional and global markets. Africa faces a significant food security challenge and continues to depend on food imports to meet ever-growing demand. The continent spent over $ 35 billion to import food in 2015 and net food imports are projected to increase to more than $ 110 billion by 2025. Read more. Source | New Times
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