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Kenya

The Hub's accomplishments in Kenya to Date:  

  • To date the Hub has supported 294 firms and associations to increase their export competitiveness
  • 81 firms have been supported to participate in various trade shows resulting in 615 business linkages
  • Hub facilitated AGOA exports as at June 30 2017 stood at $125,817,038
  • Exports to other market destinations as a result of Hub support are $86,180
  • 3,464 new full time equivalent (FTE) jobs have been created, 73% of which are for women
  • Facilitated $30,633,968 new private sector investments in the ag and non ag sector
  • Supported successful ratification of the SPS Protocol
  • Advocated for the review of the Companies Act to conform with the provisions of the EAC Common Market Protocol
  • Supported successful implementation of ePing electronic alert system
  • Supported the adoption of a notification submission systems for technical barriers to trade (TBT) sanitary and phytosanitary measures (SPS)
  • Supported use of ISOlutions which allows Kenya to effectively participate in international standardization process

Related Blogs and Resources

Railway set to cut down cargo freight costs

Published on September 20, 2017
Kenya recently approved freight tariffs for the standard gauge railway, as the government seeks to meet its target of transporting 40 per cent of cargo from Mombasa port by rail. Kenya Railways Corporation (KPC) managing director Atanas Maina told The EastAfrican that the corporation has received approvals of the tariffs from the Ministry of Transport, which will be half the road haulage rates, and will now begin discussions with transporters. Read more. Source | East African
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KQ eyes New York in debut direct flights

Published on September 14, 2017
Kenya Airways  is eyeing New York as its first destination when it starts direct flights to the US next year.The national carrier sees the city as a convenient East Coast aviation hub to mark its entry into the US, before spreading its wings across the world’s biggest economy. The airline, which last week received regulatory approval to operate direct flights to the US, also estimates that it will move 60,000 passengers in its first year of operation on the route. “We are currently focusing on New York due to the importance of point to point traffic with Nairobi. However, we are also studying other options on the US territory as we may expand our network in the US in the near future,” Kenya Airways (KQ) Commercial Director Vincent Coste said in an interview. Read more. Source | Business Daily
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Harnessing power of SMEs to propel economic growth

Published on September 14, 2017
Starting a successful business is no mean feat. Right from coming up with an idea and turning it into a profitable company can be taxing even for a seasoned entrepreneur. It is much harder for someone who is starting out. This is because the journey to success is fraught with challenges. However, knowing and anticipating the roadblocks you may encounter in your start-up journey could help you prepare, avoid common pitfalls and eventually break even. Everybody talks about the role small businesses play in jobs creation, distribution of wealth and in growing economies. In Kenya, small businesses face a unique set of challenges. Read more. Source | Business Daily
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Kenya Airways gets permit for direct US flights

Published on September 11, 2017
The United States government has granted Kenya Airways (KQ) a permit to operate direct flights to and from America.According to an order issued by the Department of Transportation, the permit became effective on Tuesday. The US Department of Transportation had in June recommended that the Kenyan national carrier be allowed to access if there were no public objections. Read more. Source | The East African
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Kenya-Tanzania agree to end trade barriers

Published on September 11, 2017
Tanzania and Kenya have agreed to end the trade barriers at the borders in afresh bid to improve bilateral cooperation and investment. This was said on Saturday September 9, in Dar es Salaam by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industries, Trade and Investment, Prof Adolf Mkenda,at the end of talks involving senior leaders from the two countries. Read more. Source | The Citizen
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Mombasa port acquires modern harbour cranes to improve operations, support sustainable devt efforts

Published on September 05, 2017
The Port of Mombasa got a major boost following the arrival of two ultra-modern diesel electric cranes. According to the Kenya Ports Authority’s (KPA), the acquisition of the equipment funded by TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) through the UK government’s International Climate Fund (ICF) facility. The two $8.7 million portal harbour cranes are part of a comprehensive programme in supporting the port’s resilient port infrastructure initiatives, KPA added. “These cranes are aimed at mitigating the negative effects on the environment,” the port authority said in the statement. Read more. Source | New Times
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How Tosheka Designs Is pushing Kenya into forward - Thinking fashion production

Published on August 29, 2017
t’s not every day you meet business owners that are profoundly connected to the international fashion community. Lucy and Herman Bigham of Tosheka Designs are shaping what it means to be sustainable in Kenya one eri silk worm at a time. Tosheka Designs is a fabric and textile company based in Philadelphia that manufactures home goods, accessories and purses by using sustainable resources and techniques in Nairobi, Kenya. Since early 2011, the duo have been working diligently to patent a unique process of producing cotton through the era silk worm. It is one of the only worms that you can extract silk from without killing it. On the days leading up to the Kenyan election, I exchanged emails with the East Africa - based power couple about the ins and outs of their business and if the effect of the election would have any indication on their organization. It turns out that the Kenyan government supports their efforts despite all the unrest in their country currently taking place. Go inside our conversation. Read more. Source | Huff Post
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Lobbies want trade barriers removed

Published on August 08, 2017
Kenyan and Tanzanian businesses are calling for the elimination of various non-tariff barriers that slow down trade between the two countries. A consultative meeting held in Dar es Salaam last week between the Tanzania Private Sector Federation (TPSF) and the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) noted that Kenyan exporters of cement, edible oils, cigarettes and other products still encounter restrictions on entry into Tanzania while Tanzanian dairy traders are finding it difficult to export to Kenya. “There is a need to facilitate administrative processes on the movement of goods, including clearance at border points,” the trade lobbies said in a joint communiqué after the meeting on Thursday. Read more. Source | The East African
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