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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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Interested in investing in Kenya's Leather Park? download application.
If you have questions regarding the leather value chain in Kenya, contact Mr. Awale - email@example.com 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.
Related Blogs and Resources
Published on August 09, 2016
Kenya ranks first among 26 developing countries in ensuring broad access to financial services, a prominent US think-tank has reported.
The findings suggest that Kenya, which also ranked first in last year’s Brookings Institution survey of 21 developing countries, is building a grassroots financial system that may help promote wider sharing of the nation’s growing wealth.
“Evaluating progress toward adoption of affordable formal financial services matters because financial inclusion is a key ingredient in promoting household well-being and broader economic development,” the study’s authors state. Read more. Source | Business Daily
Published on July 08, 2016
Heva Fund, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Hivos East Africa, Forum Syd, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub are hosting guided conversations on the afternoons of the 19th and 20th of July seeking to amplify the contributions of the creative economy and industries (fashion, crafts, music, digital media and the arts) towards the achievement of equitable, inclusive and sustainable development in Kenya and East Africa. Click here for more information about the Creative Economies Dialogue.
SESSION I: SHOW ME THE MONEYDynamic Regulatory Support and Sustainable Financing for Creative IndustriesDate: Tuesday, 19th July 2016Venue: Intercontinental Nairobi HotelTime: 1pm - 3pmRegister for your place here.SESSION II: THE TIME IS NOWCatalysing The Growth of Creative IndustriesDate: Wednesday, 20th July 2016Venue: Intercontinental Nairobi HotelTime: 1pm - 4pmRegister for your place here.The sessions will be broadcast on live television.
Published on June 22, 2016
The World Investment Report 2016 is a publication of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). It examines international production by multinational enterprises. It also details the ownership structures and control of affiliates of the said enterprises.
The report mainly focuses on how policymakers can distinguish between "domestic" and "foreign" companies in a globalized economy. It also provides a new framework for handling ownership issues in the investment policy-making process in the 21st century.
The publication is a useful resource in ensuring that policymakers are fully equipped with information regarding the ultimate origin of investors as required by most government policies.
Published on June 09, 2016
Future of the Global Trade Order is a publication of the European University Institute that focuses on some of the critical issues confronting the World Trade Organization (WTO) membership. It reviews the developments in trade policy and technology as well as regulation, and clarifies the fact that Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) are at best a partial solution to the global governance gap. The publication also emphasizes on the future of the WTO as an important topic for the health and expansion of global trade in the 21st century.
Published on June 08, 2016
The Fashion Value Chain Report 2016, a publication of HEVA Fund, highlights the state of the fashion value chain in Kenya, with the aim of providing a better understanding of the constraints and opportunities in the growing fashion industry. The report references the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub as a one-stop shop for businesses seeking to utilize the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) to reach the U.S. market. The Hub works in partnership with HEVA through an MOU to increase access to finance for SMEs in the creative sector, with a focus on fashion, apparel, crafts or handmade items in the eastern Africa region.
Visit the Knowledge Center for this report and more.
Published on June 07, 2016
Fashion Value Chain Report 2016 is a HEVA publication highlighting the state of the fashion value chain in Kenya.It maps out the aspirations of the regional sector, analyses case studies for ideas on best practices, and lists the sector interventions that have been incorporated into HEVA’s strategic plan for continued support to the fashion industry in East Africa.
Published on June 03, 2016
If Africa is to grow economies faster, one way of doing this is by improving broadband penetration; according to Rwanda's Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana.
Nsengimana says the improvement in penetration was currently being hampered by the huge expense of devices. He made the comments at the Africa Development Bank's annual meeting that explored avenues to expedite smart Africa initiatives through ICT (information and communications technology - or technologies).
Rwanda's Minister of Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana says,
Taxing the ICT sector from the production side is the wrong concept. The right thing to do is applying taxation at the consumption level
Read more. Source | CNBC
Published on May 26, 2016
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