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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Published on June 21, 2016
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Published on June 21, 2016
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Published on June 21, 2016
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EAC competition authority to start operations in July

Published on June 20, 2016
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EALA members to engage private sector operators on Common Market Protocol

Published on June 17, 2016
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Experts to seek remedies for post-harvest losses at continental forum in Nairobi

Published on June 13, 2016
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Trade in East Africa

Published on June 13, 2016
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Manufacturing sector seen steadily growing

Published on June 09, 2016
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