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Overview of the Used Clothing Market in East Africa: Analysis of Determinants and Implications

Published on August 21, 2017

Used_Clothing_Report.JPGOverview of the Used Clothing Market in East Africa: Analysis of Determinants and Implications. In March 2016, the East African Community (EAC) Heads of State issued a Joint Communiqué from the 17th Ordinary Summit, expressing their intent to progressively phase out importation of used clothing as a means to support the region’s textile and apparel industry.* A U.S. trade association reacted to these measures by requesting an out-of-cycle review (OCR) of the eligibility of the EAC Partner States for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) privileges, citing both loss of American jobs as well as introduction of new trade barriers in contravention of AGOA provisions.

The following is a top level examination of some of the determinants and implications of the used clothing market in East Africa, including an analysis of used clothing import trends in the EAC; an assessment of the economic significance of used clothing to both the U.S. and EAC; a review of EAC import substitution assumptions; and some modeling of long-term outcomes if EAC Partner States maintain their current used clothing import policies. The results provided are intended to aid data-driven policy decisions and negotiations going forward.

E3 Bureau Capacity Building Assesment - From Capacity Development to Sustainable Development

Published on August 08, 2017

Knowledge_center.PNGE3 Bureau Capacity Building Assesment : From Capacity Development to Sustainable Development is a publication by the United States Agency for International Development .This report contains the main findings, conclusions and recommendations of the assessment. It identifies 50 good practices for capacity development and proposed recommended rater’s guide to assessing CD in Statements of Work (SOWs).

It also includes ten case studies of E3 or USAID mission-funded activities with major CD components, summary of external expert interviews, and discussion of CD approaches and indicators. A separate interim report presented the methods used in the assessment, preliminary findings from the surveys of E3 technical staff and Activity Managers, and detailed summaries of interviews with representatives from each E3 office. The Activity Manager Survey focused on active and completed E3 activities since 2008. The Staff Survey addressed broader CD support that was not tied to E3 projects and activities.

Bridges Africa -The Development Potential of Cross-Border Infrastructure in Africa: A Job Creation Perspective

Published on August 01, 2017

kc5.JPGBridges Africa- The Development Potential of Cross-Border Infrastructure in Africa: A Job Creation Perspective is a publication by the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development. It provides insight on the various development strategies being applied all around Africa. The publication contains a segment on how Africa can leverage the potential of cross-border infrastructure to address critical economic bottlenecks, boost regional integration and intra-African trade and create employment for the continent’s growing population.

It points out that cross-border infrastructure is an effective solution to address some of the most critical bottlenecks to regional integration and economic transformation in Africa.

Kenya National Trade Policy

Published on July 19, 2017

kc3.JPGThe Kenya National Trade Policy is a publication by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives State Department for Trade. It seeks to unleash Kenya’s potential for targeting domestic, regional and global markets. The multilateral, regional integration and bilateral trade arrangements that currently define the space that Kenya’s international trade enjoys present an immense opportunity for pursuit of this policy objective.

The Trade Policy articulates provisions that promote efficiency in the growth of domestic trade through transformational measures that address the constraints impeding against the development of the wholesale, retail and informal sectors. Strengthening the current supply chain is a priority for sustainable development of these trade sectors.

 

Towards the Comprehensive Review of the EAC CET

Published on June 28, 2017

policy_brief2.JPGTowards the Comprehensive Review of the EAC CET  is a policy brief published by the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub.

The publication contains key recommendations that will lead to successful establishment of a Common Externat Tarriff (CET) on goods imported into the partner states from foreign countries in the East Africa Community (EAC).

Policy Brief on Enhancing Kenya's Services Sector

Published on June 28, 2017

policy_brief1.JPGPolicy Brief on Enhancing Kenya's Services Sector is a publication by the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub.

The publication contains key recommendations on policies that require amendment in order to improve the services sector, which has and continues to play a crucial role in Kenya's economic development.

AGOA 101 Uganda – An Entrepreneur's Guide on How to Export Duty-Free from Uganda to the U.S

Published on April 19, 2017


Agoa-Uganda-101-cover.jpgAGOA 101 Uganda
 is an export guide published by the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub). The guide seeks to ease the challenges faced by Ugandan entrepreneurs by highlighting the step-by-step process businesses should take to export from Uganda to the U.S duty-free under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

It covers the export process for Hub-focused sectors under AGOA including: Fashion Accessories and Home Décor, Textile and Apparel, Footwear, and Specialty Foods and products.

The guide will assist Ugandan businesses to take advantage of AGOA, thereby increasing export levels, and give U.S buyers a wider range of products from the region.

EAC Common Market Protocol Update- Tanzania

Published on April 13, 2017

cmp_TZ.JPGThe East African Community (EAC) Common Market Update is a publication by the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub and the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation. 

The report highlights key areas of policy reform that Tanzania is exploring towards easier movement of goods, services and capital in the East African region. These reforms will spur inter-regional trade, which will in-turn lead to regional integration of the five EAC Partner States.

This publication is a useful resource in tracking Tanzania's progress in implementing the EAC Common Market Protocol.

A Collective Action Agenda for Women’s Economic Empowerment- March 2017 Report

Published on April 06, 2017

CSIS_Report.JPGA Collective Action Agenda for Women’s Economic Empowerment- March 2017 Report is a publication of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS). It highlights the factors to be considered in building ecosystems to empower women entrepreneurs and women in factories.

The report identifies that through collective action—an approach that relies on sharing data and best practices among practitioners—corporations can learn from one another and build an ecosystem that enables and empowers women.

This publication is a useful resource in working towards creating an environment that supports women-owned businesses and women entrepreneurs. 

Global Financial Development Report 2015/2016

Published on March 08, 2017

Capture.PNGGlobal Financial Development Report 2015/2016 is a publication of the World Bank. It focuses on long-term finance, equity or debt financing with maturity exceeding one year, and establishes its importance for economic development.

The report provides a unique contribution to financial sector policy debates, building on novel data, surveys, research, and wide-ranging country experience, with emphasis on emerging markets and developing economies.

Its findings and policy recommendations are relevant for policy makers, and members of the finance and development in general.