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The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub works to promote a more predictable, transparent and enabling business environment in East Africa, conducive to trade competitiveness and accelerated investment. Over the course of five years, activities under this component will achieve a 100 percent increase in the value of intra-regional trade in the EAC by advancing the implementation of the principles of regional integration, and enabling partner states to comply with intra-regional and international trade agreements and conformity to international standards.  

The Hub team works closely with a network of private businesses, investment firms and trade associations, as well as other development partners, to gather, collate and assess evidence for trade policy and regulatory reform. It then initiates dialogue with policy makers and regulators.

Over the last two years, the Hub’s trade policy and regulatory reform activities helped achieve a 39% increase in intra-regional trade within the EAC. Hub activities supported the acceleration of the compliance by the EAC Partner States with the U.S.-EAC Cooperation Agreement, implementation of the EAC Common Market Protocol (CMP) and enabling policies for an improved business ecosystem. 

Under the U.S.-EAC Cooperation Agreement, the Hub has supported both regional and national level WTO TBT and SPS compliance. With Hub's support, all EAC Partner States adopted the ePing electronic notification system (ENS); ENS meets the obligation for notification under the Cooperation Agreement on Trade Facilitation, SPS and TBT (an agreement that requires EAC Partner States to establish an effective process to ensure that they notify proposed measures on TBT and SPS to other WTO members). ePing will also allow the Partner States to access other WTO members' TBT and SPS measure notifications, and facilitate dialogue among the public and private sector in addressing potential trade problems at an early stage. Currently, both Uganda and Rwanda have adopted the ePing system, with Tanzania and Kenya agreeing in principle to use the system. Watch the video below:

 

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Regional passports for global recognition soon

Published on April 21, 2016
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Mega-regional trade agreements: Threat or opportunity for the future of African trade?

Published on April 21, 2016
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Tanzanians advised to tap huge opportunities in EAC

Published on April 21, 2016
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EAC and USAID hold meeting in Arusha

Published on April 21, 2016
The East African Community (EAC) last week hosted a two-day Regional Trade and Feed the Future Coordination Conference organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the EAC. The two day conference, which was held in Arusha, Tanzania aimed at enhancing collaboration and sharing information among USAID missions and Partners to improve integration, innovation and scaling up of results, focus on the implementation of policy priorities and sharing lessons learned from across the region and initiatives.Amb. Dr Richard Sezibera said that the EAC and US government have built and sustained a mutual and strategic partnership dating back to the EAC’s inception. Read more. Source: East Africa Business Week.
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Investment body adds reforms to ease doing business in Rwanda

Published on April 20, 2016
The new reforms, mostly tackling key thematic areas of the World Bank Doing Business benchmark, are said to aim at not only improving on global doing business standards but also ensuring sustainability of local and foreign businesses in the country. The 2015 World Bank Doing Business Report ranked Rwanda the 55 out of 189 countries worldwide, becoming third easiest place to do business in the sub-Saharan Africa. Read more. Source: The East African.
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Enhancing trade facilitation in Africa - when borders cease to become barriers for economic growth

Published on April 20, 2016
Trade facilitation – the simplification, harmonisation,  standardisation and modernisation of procedures and  associated information flows required to move goods across  borders – is an important enabler of economic growth. Trade  facilitation reduces the time, cost and other related barriers to  trading between countries. Furthermore, trade facilitation also helps to maintain the integrity of borders by ensuring that the  relevant laws and regulations are followed. Read more... Source: ICF Africa.
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EAC Public-Private Sector Workshop on WTO Transparency Requirements and Procedures on TBT and SPS - Presentations

Published on March 22, 2016
The Hub's Trade Policy team held a workshop on World Trade Organization (WTO) transparency requirements and procedures on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) measures on March 21 - 22. The workshop involved public and private sector actors from across the East African Community (EAC). Participants were educated on the WTO principles on good regulatory practice and best practices on how to implement electronic notification and enquiry points.  Below are links to the presentations made on the first and second days of the workshop as well as the draft country action plans: Day 1 Presentations - Individial files | Compressed zip file - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Day 2 Presentations - Individual files | Compressed zip file Draft Action Plans - Individual files | Compressed zip file
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EAC Public-Private Sector Workshop on WTO Transparency Requirements and Procedures on TBT and SPS - Day 1 Presentations

Published on March 22, 2016
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