International conference organisers are upbeat following the last week’s announcement of the new visa regime.
Under the new arrangement, travellers from across the world will from January 1, 2018, receive a 30-day visa on arrival at the country’s entry points.
The development comes at a time when countries across the world are closing their borders, with most citing reasons such as insecurity and influx of migrants. However, Rwanda is proceeding with the least taken path in regards to visa policy to increase openness. Read more. Source | New Times
Non-stop flights between Kenya and the US could grow trade, tourism and the hotel sectors two-fold in the first year of commencement. According to Kenya’s Ambassador to the US Robinson Githae, direct flights will increase Nairobi’s cargo traffic and solidify trade between America and East Africa, with volumes of top exports such as fresh-cut flowers expanding exponentially.
Mr Githae confirmed that all approvals for direct flights had been obtained from US aviation authorities, adding that national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) should now move fast to rework its route plan to include US cities. Read more. Source | Standard Digital
Africa’s leading and most high end exhibition and conference on cotton, textile, apparel, technology and footwear industry, wholesale, retail, boutique stores and the hospitality industry will be undertaken in Addis Ababa from October 3-6, 2017.
The event organized by Africa Sourcing and Fashion Week (ASFW) and Messe Frankfurt Exhibition will attract companies which represent 25 countries and about 3,500 high end trade buyers from around the world, indicates Eskindir Negasi, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition representative. Read more. Source | Ethiopian Herald
Africa's main trade show for cotton, textile, apparel, home and technology industries kicked off in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on Tuesday.
The African Sourcing and Fashion Week, which will last toward Friday, has gathered some 230 international producers and exporters from 25 countries, the organizers Trade and Fairs East Africa and Messe Frankfurt indicated Tuesday.
Among the variety of products showcased at the trade show include apparel fabrics, leather goods, fashion and fashionable accessories. Home and household textile providers are also among exhibitors as part of the event. Read more. Source | Xinhua News
This Administration seeks to do business not just in Africa, but with Africa, moving the focus of our economic relationship with the continent from aid to trade and investment. Trade will be free, fair, and reciprocal, and our investors will be more competitive. This is about creating jobs for both Americans and Africans throughout the continent.
One of our most important bipartisan endeavors in the economic arena is the African Growth and Opportunity Act, or AGOA. AGOA has been the cornerstone of U.S. economic engagement with countries of sub-Saharan Africa since 2000. Read more. Source | U.S. Department of State
The government of Rwandan has opened talks with the United States on the review of the American Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA) in a bid to ensure continued duty-free access to the US market.
In July this year, the American began an out of cycle review on the eligibility of Rwanda and other East African Community partner states following a move by the region to phase out and eventually ban import of second hand clothes.
This move was aimed at supporting the regional textile industry and preserving the dignity of the East African citizens.
As part of the move, Rwanda last year increased taxes on used clothes from $0.2 to $2.5 per kilogramme, while taxes on used shoes will increase from $0.2 to $3 per kilogramme. Read more. Source | New Times
The National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) and Sustainable Harvest Rwanda, a local NGO, are in renewed drive to promote the culture of local consumption of coffee.
Many Rwandans are yet to embrace the culture of coffee consumption and this drive is part of efforts to change the trend. Under the campaign, ‘Let’s talk coffee’ Sustainable Harvest Rwanda teaches residents how to prepare coffee traditionally and brew it. Last week the organisation trained residents of Karenge sector in Rwamagana District the art of coffee making, right from traditional roasting to grinding and brewing. Read more. Source | New Times
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
The United States is determined to deepen trade with sub-Sahara Africa following assurances that the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) deal is safe under the Trump administration.
While a dark cloud has been hanging over Agoa since Donald Trump became US president over six months ago, a top US trade representative has assured African countries that the US is committed to a stronger and more sustainable relationship with Africa through free, fair and reciprocal trade.
Soon after taking over, Trump sent shock waves across Africa when he said that Agoa was benefiting corrupt regimes because most imports under the trade pact are petroleum products. Read more. Source | The East Africa
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship."
Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome.
"The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal of establishing a true partnership for the future", Lighthizer said. Read more. Source | Xinhua.Net