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  • Save the Date: International Floriculture Expo

    Published on June 20, 2018

    On June 25 – 27, the Hub is supporting four members of the Kenya Flower Council and four members of the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association to exhibit at the International Floriculture Expo (IFE) in Chicago, U.S.A. The Expo will provide the Ethiopian and Kenya companies an opportunity to showcase their flowers to U.S buyers and develop trade linkages for potential exports. Both countries now have direct flights to the U.S. and are keen to expand the market for their flowers.

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    The cut flowers industry is an important sector for several countries in East Africa. In Kenya, cut flowers comprise the largest volume of agricultural exports and contribute to 33% of the sector’s gross domestic product (GDP). In Ethiopia, floriculture has contributed to 80% of the foreign revenue earned in horticulture. The countries have made significant inroads into the European market, with Kenya as its top exporter of roses, but both are now eyeing expansion into the U.S. By participating in the IFE, Kenyan and Ethiopian producers can make connections with U.S. buyers to advance this aim.

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    New on our Knowledge Center: Impact of Non-implementation of Revised EAC rules of origin 2015- The Case of Motor Vehicle Assemblers in Kenya

    Published on June 20, 2018

    Motor_Vehicle_Case_Study.JPGImpact of Non-Implementation of Revised EAC Rules of Origin 2015: The Case of Motor Vehicle Assemblers in Kenya is a study by the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub. This study reviews the impact that non-implementation of the East African Community (EAC) Revised Rules of Origin (RoO) 2015 by other EAC Partner States has had on the Kenyan Motor Vehicle Assembly Sector. Rules of origin are the criteria needed to determine the national source of a product. Their importance is derived from the fact that duties and restrictions in several cases depend upon the source of imports.

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    New on our Knowledge Center: Supporting Small-Scale Cross-Border Traders across Africa

    Published on June 14, 2018

    Bridges_Africa_June_2018.JPGSupporting Small-Scale Cross-Border Traders across Africa 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 small-scale cross-border trade and its tremendous potential despite challenges posed by its informal nature. It emphasizes that ongoing trade facilitation interventions need to cater for the needs of small-scale traders, especially women. Governments and development partners are currently making concerted efforts to facilitate trade, increase productivity in export-oriented sectors, and improve competitiveness. However, these need to be better targeted to ensure that small-scale cross-border traders are reached by these interventions and that it is not just large traders who benefit.

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    USAID Hub supports access to working capital for SMEs at Ignite My SME seminar

    Published on June 14, 2018

    The USAID Hub participated in the latest Ignite My SME seminar organized by FACTS Africa in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The seminar is the last of ten seminars to train small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners on how to access working capital for their businesses, with a focus on agribusinesses. Over 100 delegates attended, including agriculture and agribusiness SME owners, representatives from USAID Tanzania’s ENGINE project, representatives from the USAID Tanzania mission, and eight Hub-sponsored women who trade along the border of Rusumo, Tanzania. 

    FACTS Africa specializes in the provision of working capital for agribusiness SMEs in Kenya and Uganda, and is planning to expand its services to Tanzania. Despite having a simpler application process and more lenient terms than banks, Facts Africa noticed low success rates of loan applications with 90% of them being turned away due to falling short of requirements. As a result, they developed day-long seminars to provide a platform for SMEs to gain knowledge on how to access finances as well as interact with stakeholders from financial institutions and development partners running various financial access and Business Development Support projects.

    Previously, the Hub supported eight women cross-border traders from Kenya to attend the Nairobi league of the seminar in November 2017 and ten Ugandan traders who participated in the Kampala seminar held in March 2018. The women received useful information on working capital solutions, financial management, operations, and essentials of credit worthiness and the use of technology to scale their business.

    The eight Tanzanian women cross-border traders are also engaged with the USAID Hub through a grant with the Agribusiness Focused Partnership Organization (AGRIFOP), which aims to drive formal trade in the East African Community (EAC) through the empowerment of women cross-border traders in the staple foods and horticulture sectors.

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