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EAC Industrial Competitiveness Report 2017

Published on November 16, 2017

EAC_Industrialization.JPGEAC Industrial Competitiveness Report 2017 is a publication by the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat. It provides an overview of the region's industry and benchmarks the region's performance and capability against other regions. It provide a compass to policymakers, the private sector (in particular manufacturing associations), and a wider audience of stakeholders by offering an industrial development trajectory of the EAC as a whole and of the internal dynamics among Partner States.

It also analyzes progress towards the attainment of the goals set in the EAC Industrialisation Policy 2012-2032, and provides diagnostics of manufacturing sector performance in the EAC and individual Partner States.

African Economic Outlook 2017

Published on November 09, 2017

Cover_page.JPGThe African Economic Outlook 2017 is a publication by the African Development Bank, the OECD Development Center and the United Nations Development Programme.

This report examines Africa’s macroeconomic performance, financing, trade policies and regional integration, human development,and governance. It explains how improving entrepreneurship contributes to Africa’s industrialization and offers policies to do so

Spotlight on Sustainability Standards

Published on October 25, 2017

Bridges_Africa.PNGSpotlight on Sustainability Standards is the theme topic in this month’s Bridges Africa issue, published by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD).

This issue focuses on the role played by regulations and standards in global value chains and identifies important policy implications in terms of sustainability dynamics. Various contributors explore how new partnership models could help African producers reap more benefits from sustainability standards. It also presents a series of policy options to support collective governmental action with a view to promoting sustainable development through the improved governance and operation of private standards.

The U.S. Government Global Food Security Research Strategy

Published on October 05, 2017

kc6.JPGThe U.S. Government Global Food Security Research Strategy is based on input from the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) along with feedback from U.S. university researchers and a diverse set of other U.S. and international stakeholders about what worked well under the preceding 2011–2016 Feed the Future Research Strategy and what should be adjusted to respond to emerging opportunities, constraints, priorities and best practices over the coming years.

The strategy details the roles of key U.S. and international partners in designing, supporting, implementing and scaling research outputs in order to support improved coordination across U.S. agencies and partners.

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.