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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

Kenya, Tanzania remove trade restrictions

Published on July 24, 2017
Tanzania and Kenya have held successful talks that will see the lifting of restrictions on imports from either country. The Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Dr Augustine Mahiga, announced the decision in Nairobi yesterday following discussions between President John Magufuli and his Kenyan counterpart, Mr Uhuru Kenyatta. As a result, Kenya will lift the ban on wheat flour and gas imports from Tanzania, which, in turn, will remove restrictions on milk and cigarettes from Kenya. Read more. Source | The Citizen
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Duty-free window for maize extended

Published on July 24, 2017
The Treasury has extended duty waiver on imported yellow and white maize in a move aimed at increasing supply of the staple. The extension, contained in a special issue of the gazette notice signed by Treasury Cabinet secretary Henry Rotich, will see millers enjoy the duty waiver on white maize for three more months. Yellow maize window will be open for one year. The waiver on white maize was supposed to end on July 31 but it has now been extended to September 30. The exemption on yellow maize was supposed to expire on August 31 but this has been pushed to June 30, 2018. Read more. Source | Business Daily
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New programme to sharpen textile skills for 2,000 youth

Published on July 24, 2017
About 2,000 youth are set to get jobs in the apparel industry following the signing of a deal to be spearheaded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub). The programme signed with Generation Program Kenya Limited — a local subsidiary of the McKinsey Social Initiative — will equip young people with skills needed in the apparel industry. The pilot programme, to be implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Industrialisation, will see seven training centres set up and equipped across the country. The pilot plan, that will also involve the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, will include screening of 4000 youth for training and job placement in the apparel industry. Read more. Source | Business Daily
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US bets on apparel sourcing in Africa with grant to create 2,000 new jobs

Published on July 14, 2017
Companies may be on the fence about whether to commit to sourcing apparel in Africa, but the U.S. seems certain enough about the continent’s potential to keep investing in the sector there—and namely in Kenya. Last week, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub) signed a grant with Kenya that will create 2,000 full-time jobs and provide more than 100,000 hours in skills development for young workers in the apparel industry. While Africa ramps up as a region for more robust apparel sourcing, the biggest hindrance for those that haven’t taken their business there has been both a lack of sophisticated logistics and a lack of skills in the apparel sector. Read More. Source | Sourcing Journal
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USAID initiative aims to create 2,000 jobs in the apparel industry

Published on July 14, 2017
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub) has signed a grant with Generation Program Kenya Limited, a local subsidiary of the McKinsey Social Initiative, to create 2,000 full-time jobs and provide over 100,000 hours in skills development for young people in the apparel industry. Working hand-in-hand with Kenya’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, the Kenya Association of Manufacturers and apparel companies, the pilot program will set up and equip seven training centers throughout Kenya and screen 4,000 youth for participation. The pilot activities include recruitment, training and job placement in the apparel industry. Read more. Source | Capital FM
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US programme to help train 2,000 Kenyan youth on clothes making

Published on July 10, 2017
United States of America has signed a grant that will help train 2,000 Kenyan youth in manufacturing of clothing. The programme sponsored by America’s international development assistance agency USAid will establish seven training centres around the country whose graduates will then be placed in garment-making firms. An estimated 4,000 candidates will be evaluated for consideration into the programme. “Not only does this private sector approach directly link trained at-risk youth to jobs, the leadership from Kenya’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives makes the model sustainable,” said USAid Kenya and East Africa Acting Mission Director Tina Dooley-Jones. Read more. Source | The Standard   
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Kenya plans virtual weigh stations to boost efficiency

Published on June 28, 2017
Kenya is shifting to virtual weigh-bridges in a bid to boost speed and transparency in the clearance of cargo on its roads. The Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) plans to set up 10 virtual weighbridges on key transport corridors amid ballooning costs of road maintenance and delays in the screening of vehicles. The electronic devices will be located at Archers Post on the Isiolo-Moyale road, Sagana Bridge on the Thika-Nyeri road, Yatta on the Thika-Garissa road, Kamulu on the Nairobi-Kangundo road and Eldama Ravine on the Eldama Ravine-Eldoret road. Read more. Source | Business Daily
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Agency eyes Voi for EPZ closer to Mombasa port

Published on June 27, 2017
The government has identified Voi as the next location for a publicly owned export processing zone (EPZ). Export Processing Zone Authority has issued a public notice seeking a parcel of land for EPZ enterprises keen on establishing bases closer to the Mombasa port. “The required land should be in parcels covering at least 200 acres and located no more than 20 kilometres from Voi town on the Mombasa-Nairobi highway or Voi-Mwatate Road and no more than 10 kilometres from a market centre or populated area,” it said. Read more. Source | Business Daily
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