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.
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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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La Finance s’Engage Rwanda will seek to improve access to funding by small businesses, according to the firm’s officials. In 2016, a similar initiative raised about $2 billion from financial institutions to support SMEs in West Africa, particularly Ivory Coast. Read more. Source | New Times
Published on November 13, 2017
The government plans to roll out 15 new reforms across various sectors over the next six months, as a means to ease doing business in the country.
The development follows recent World Bank Doing Business Report that ranked Rwanda 41st globally and second in Africa out of the 190 economies globally.
The reforms are informed by the report and attempt to address key concerns of investors across the World Bank Doing Business report’s indicators. Read more. Source | New Times
Published on November 09, 2017
The Ugandan economy is not yet technology driven, but there are several innovations in the country that continue to show a future where technology is a major player. Notably, the innovations around Fin-Techs have completely transformed the banking sector and exchange of goods.
In banking, the rise of mobile money has led to banks innovating products that reduce queues in banking halls. The innovation ecosystem continues to grow and this shows in the entries made into awards. At least 45 innovations are targeting Shs92.7m to win the MTN Innovation Awards 2017. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor
Published on November 07, 2017
Several small- and medium-sized Mauritian businesses and entrepreneurs are expected in the country mid this month as they seek to reach out to millions of consumers.
They will attend an exhibition organised by the Trade Promotion of Mauritius and the Consulate of Mauritius in Nairobi.
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Published on November 02, 2017
The improvement was mainly helped by reforms in starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, access to credit, paying taxes and trading across borders.The country was ranked the third position in the continent behind Mauritius and Rwanda.
Industrialization Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohammed said the new ranking will see Kenya improve in attracting investments in the country.
“The Improvements are driven by efforts by the government and the private sector in improving the business climate. Kenya has delivered last year the highest number of business-related reforms on the African continent,” he said. Read more. Source | Capital News
Published on October 31, 2017
Regional business leaders and experts have called for harmonised Information Communication Technology (ICT) and e-commerce policies, saying this would help fast-track socio-economic development in East Africa.
Lilian Awinja, the East African Business Council (EABC) chief executive, noted that ICT is a key business enabler for sectors like trade, tourism, education and agriculture, finance and transport, among others. She added that many components of the ICT sector are cross-cutting and cross-border, hence the need for a harmonised legal and regulatory framework. The official added that the region must improve its e-commerce systems to boost trade and related services, among others. Read more. Source | New Times
Published on October 25, 2017
The World Bank Group is optimistic that the rise in both global and sub-Saharan Africa Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate will result into high export earnings, increase in private capital remittances and foreign direct investment in Uganda.
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Published on October 18, 2017
Non-stop flights between Kenya and the US could grow trade, tourism and the hotel sectors two-fold in the first year of commencement. According to Kenya’s Ambassador to the US Robinson Githae, direct flights will increase Nairobi’s cargo traffic and solidify trade between America and East Africa, with volumes of top exports such as fresh-cut flowers expanding exponentially.
Mr Githae confirmed that all approvals for direct flights had been obtained from US aviation authorities, adding that national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) should now move fast to rework its route plan to include US cities. Read more. Source | Standard Digital