Economic empowerment of women is essential to the growth of East Africa.The USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the USAID Hub) contributes to women’s self-reliance and economic empowerment by increasing their access to productive economic resources, namely: assets, credit, income and employment. The below brief outlines USAID Hub technical assistance and training to women in three areas: cross-border trade, firm-level support and access to finance. These three areas offer significant income generation opportunities for women and contribute to overall economic growth in East Africa.
Where does your morning coffee come from and how many jobs did it create? You may be surprised to learn just what it takes to get that cup of joe into your hands.
East Africa — the source of some of the world’s best coffee — is poised for robust growth in agriculture, financial services, medicine, textiles and apparel. In fact, sub-Saharan Africa is home to six of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world. Read more. Source | USAID
Companies may be on the fence about whether to commit to sourcing apparel in Africa, but the U.S. seems certain enough about the continent’s potential to keep investing in the sector there—and namely in Kenya.
Last week, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub) signed a grant with Kenya that will create 2,000 full-time jobs and provide more than 100,000 hours in skills development for young workers in the apparel industry.
While Africa ramps up as a region for more robust apparel sourcing, the biggest hindrance for those that haven’t taken their business there has been both a lack of sophisticated logistics and a lack of skills in the apparel sector. Read More. Source | Sourcing Journal
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub) has signed a grant with Generation Program Kenya Limited, a local subsidiary of the McKinsey Social Initiative, to create 2,000 full-time jobs and provide over 100,000 hours in skills development for young people in the apparel industry.
Working hand-in-hand with Kenya’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, the Kenya Association of Manufacturers and apparel companies, the pilot program will set up and equip seven training centers throughout Kenya and screen 4,000 youth for participation.
The pilot activities include recruitment, training and job placement in the apparel industry. Read more. Source | Capital FM
Today the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub) signed a grant with Generation Program Kenya Limited, a local subsidiary of the McKinsey Social Initiative, to create 2,000 full-time jobs and provide over 100,000 hours in skills development for young people in the apparel industry.
Working hand-in-hand with Kenya’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, the Kenya Association of Manufacturers and apparel companies, the pilot program will set up and equip seven training centers throughout Kenya and screen 4,000 youth for participation. The pilot activities include recruitment, training and job placement in the apparel industry.
By the end of the program, the 2,000 trained Kenyan youth will help address the skills gap that currently hinders growth in the apparel sector in Kenya. In addition, the goal of the pilot is to create a sustainable and replicable model for apparel sector skills development throughout East Africa. Read more. Source | Kass FM
United States of America has signed a grant that will help train 2,000 Kenyan youth in manufacturing of clothing. The programme sponsored by America’s international development assistance agency USAid will establish seven training centres around the country whose graduates will then be placed in garment-making firms.
An estimated 4,000 candidates will be evaluated for consideration into the programme.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched a Rwf17.2 billion initiative, Huguka Dukore, that will help train 40,000 youths in workforce readiness skills by 2021.
USAID hosted a launch event for Huguka Dukore at Kimisagara Youth Empowerment for Global Opportunities (YEGO Centre) in Kigali, yesterday.
Huguka Dukore, which loosely translates to “Get Trained and Let’s Work,” targets youth aged 16 to 30 who have attained between six and nine years of basic education. Read more. Source | New Times
A regional grain body and a US aid agency are working with millers and traders to import cheap maize from Ethiopia to ease the current shortage of the commodity that has hit the country.
Last week, EAGC executive director Gerald Masila was in Ethiopia to discuss the trade deal while the Ethiopian delegation will be in the country this week for negotiation with millers. Ethiopia has a surplus of 1.5 million bags that they are willing to sell to Kenya. Read more. Source | Business Daily
The impact of the new Trump administration on international trade, the potential border adjustment tax, and the shift to Africa as an apparel sourcing destination are some of the topics being discussed at the Sourcing at MAGIC trade show later this month.
Held at The Las Vegas Convention Center from 20-23 February, more than 50 seminars will take place over the four days, with over 40 countries represented.
President Trump will be the subject of a seminar on day two, discussing how the new administration may impact various free trade agreements and international trade relationships. Julia Hughes, president of the US Fashion Industry Association (USFIA), will moderate a panel analysing the cause and effect between the supply chain and recent challenges in the global economy, such as the elimination of TPP, rising costs in China and trade issues between the US and China. Read more. Source | Just Style
The Development Bank of Rwanda (BRD) has entered into a partnership with a USAID project where the latter will provide technical assistance to employees of the bank and its clients.
The two-year project that will be implemented by Private Sector Driven Agricultural Growth Project is aimed at strengthening the agriculture lending practices in Rwanda as well as boost the entire agriculture sector.
An agreement to kick-start the project was signed last Friday at the BRD headquarters in downtown Kigali. Read more. Source | New Times