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Tanzania

The Hub's accomplishments in Tanzania to Date:  

  • To date the Hub has supported 53 firms and associations to increase their export competitiveness;
  • Fifteen (15) firms have been supported to participate in various trade shows resulting in 86 business linkages;
  • Hub facilitated AGOA exports as at June 30 2017 stood at $239,600;
  • Exports to other market destinations as a result of Hub support are $53,600;
  • Due to the expanding export opportunities, 28 new full time equivalent (FTE) jobs have been created, 64% of which are for women;
  • Supported development of Tanzania National AGOA Strategy;
  • Supported successful implementation of ePing electronic alert system;
  • Supported the adoption of Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures (SPS) notification submission system;
  • Supported use of ISOlutions which allows Tanzania to effectively participate in international standardization processes.

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Africa embraces drones for crops monitoring and research

Published on June 27, 2016
Scientists are planning to develop drones to monitor farms and facilitate scientific research in Africa. The technology has already been adopted in the US and Europe, where scientists and farmers use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to collect agricultural statistics. In recently published research findings by Grand View Research, the global commercial drone market is estimated at $522 million and could grow to $2.07 billion by 2022, with farmers dominating the list of drones users.  Prof Lukman Mulumba of Makerere University said,  In the digital era, everything revolves around information. UAVs are important because they can play an important role in agricultural info-economics Read more. Source | East Africa  
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EAC states review CET to protect imported goods from double taxation

Published on June 27, 2016
East African Community member states have resolved to review the common external tariffs (CET) for goods imported into the region to strike a deal on  the taxation of “sensitive” products. Wheat and textile are classified as sensitive goods and their imports attract higher duty because the idea is to protect local industries. But in cases where countries do not have the capacity to produce they ask for special rates to import them from outside the EAC. So Kenya had asked for a rate of 10 per cent  to import wheat instead of the standard 35 per cent. Read more. Source | East African
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Video: Enhancing Zanzibar's regional trade competitiveness through trade policy

Published on June 22, 2016
Zanzibar's private sector primarily consists of micro, small & medium-sized enterprises, 88 percent of which are informal and unregistered. The private sector employs about 95 percent of the island’s labor force.  However, there is little awareness among Zanzibar's private sector about the East African Community (EAC) Common Market and the potential benefits the island nation could reap from maximizing inter-regional trade through the provisions of the EAC Common Market Protocol. In June, the Hub held a public private dialogue in Zanzibar to assess challenges to implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol and pave a way forward. Watch a recap of the event here:
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Dar committed to promote agriculture

Published on June 22, 2016
The government is committed to sort out problem in the agricultural sector so as it unleashes its great potential in building the economy, a government minister has said. The Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Development, Mr William Ole Nasha, said in Karatu District, Arusha Region that the government was focused to promote growth of agricultural sector and solve problems that hinder growth of the sector. Mr William Ole Nasha said, Agriculture holds a special significance in development of our country. Apart from making food available, it also contributes significantly in improving lives of communities and employment creation  Read more. Source | Daily News  
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Tanzanian wins Agribiz contest in Kenya

Published on June 21, 2016
A Tanzanian, Mercy Kitomari, has won a 3,000 US dollars (over 6.0m/-) after excelling in a regional youth agribusiness contest held in Kenya. Mercy, of Nelwas Gelato Company, took the second position in the 2016 Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition Start-ups category held in Nairobi Kenya. She beat 13 other competitors from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi to receive 3,000 US dollars as a seed capital, according to a statement from Nairobi. Nelwas Gelato provides ice cream, popsicles and sorbets with fresh fruit taste and low fat. The Inter Region Economic Network and Young Innovators in Agribusiness Competition Team Leader, Director, Mr James Shikwati said the main goal was to offer young innovators an opportunity to scale up agribusiness activities through training initiatives. Nelly Ngunguru, Sector Analyst, USAID's East Africa Trade & Investment Hub said, We are proud to support eastern Africa youth to meet financiers and investors, and thereby grow their enterprisers Read more. Source | Daily News  
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Kenya to ratify EAC food quality and safety protocol

Published on June 21, 2016
Agriculture secretary Willy Bett has said Kenya will ratify the regional food quality and safety pact in the latest effort to boost cross-border trade. World Trade Organisation has recommended the pact — the East African Community (EAC) Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Protocol to guide handling of plant and animal materials. Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett said, The protocol will take care of food safety issues and standards that are currently affecting our animal and plant items. The key for ratification, however, is that it will enhance trade in and across the region hence a matter of urgency for Kenya.  Read more. Source | Business Daily  
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New technologies can reduce post-harvest losses, end aflatoxin infestation

Published on June 21, 2016
From infestation to mold, inadequate storage facilities often lead to large grain losses in many countries, hampering efforts to improve national food security for the poorest families. Even efforts by national governments across Africa to store grain in large quantities have often yielded disappointing results. These are some of the challenges that more than 100 experts from 15 countries discussed at the first Africa Strategic Grain Reserve conference held in Nairobi last week. The conference brought together governments, grain traders, researchers, international organisations and innovative storage technology companies whose primary concern is provision of safe storage solutions for national grain reserve agencies. Read more. Source | New Times  
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EAC competition authority to start operations in July

Published on June 20, 2016
The East African Community Competition Authority (EACCA) will be operational from July with a mandate to curb unfair trade practices in the region and protect consumers from substandard goods. The authority will restrict trade practices and transactions that unduly limit fair competition.  Tanzania’s Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Co-operation Susan Kolimba said, The EACCA will commence operations in the 2016/2017 financial year and will act as a one-stop-centre in the enforcement of its provisions.
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