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March 9, 2020

Africa’s Free Trade Area: What we must do for a smooth take-off on July 1st

Trading in Africa’s free trade area is scheduled to begin on July 1. This ambitious initiative creates a single market for goods and services and a customs union with free movement of capital and business travellers–the world’s largest given Africa’s 1.2 billon population and combined GDP of over $2.5 trillion. A recent article by Landry […]

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February 11, 2020

East African Trade and Policy Experts join forces to spur business in the EAC

By CORRESPONDENT, ARUSHA, Tanzania, Feb 3 – The East African Business Council (EABC) in partnership with the Federation of German Industries (BDI) has convened trade and policy experts from the EAC Partner States in Arusha, Tanzania; to chart out a joint regional policy advocacy agenda so as to spur business across EAC borders.  Enhancing collaboration and creating […]

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February 4, 2020

TradeMark East Africa Climate Change Strategy 2018 – 23

1. Background TradeMark East Africa’s (TMEA) mission is to promote regional trade, economic integration and competitiveness in East Africa. The region faces significant long-term risks from climate change (CC) because the economies are highly dependent on climate sensitive sectors such as agriculture. This proposed Climate Change Strategy complements TMEA’s Corporate Strategy 2018-2023 by building climate […]

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February 3, 2020

The resilience of a Uganda woman trader has moved a community of 4000 from challenge to success

In Gulu, Northern Uganda, Santa Joyce Laker leads a cooperative society of 4,070 farmers and traders, 3,000 of whom are women. Her story is an example of recovery and resilience after disaster, rising to succeed against the impact of conflict that plagued the region for almost 20 years. From rape to death of loved ones, […]

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January 28, 2020

How logistics, system hitches are hurting trade

Importers paid Sh3.22 billion in cargo storage charges at Kenya Ports Authority(KPA) facilities in 2017-18,data by the Shippers Council of Eastern Africa(SCEA) shows. This is despite the much publicized ‘improved cost of doing business’ pegged on investments in infrastructure, automation of systems and digitization of government services, improved cargo handling and speedy evacuation of cargo […]

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January 24, 2020

KIBUUKA: Developing tax planning policies and strategies for the new year

Tax, previously relegated to the background as simply another cost of doing business, is high on the agenda of CEOs and boards of multinational enterprises (MNEs)—and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in global trade and international business. Paradoxically, at a time when countries in East Africa are using tax and investment incentives to attract foreign […]

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January 13, 2020

AfCFTA begins trading this July. Where will SAATM be?

African nations are protecting their airlines from stiff competition, making uncertain whether the dream of the SAATM open skies policy will be achieved. The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) was adopted in January 2018 to liberalize civil aviation on the continent and drive economic integration. It is one of the flagship projects of the […]

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December 2, 2019

Freight forwarders move to establish self-regulatory body

Regional clearing and freight forwarding firms are seeking to improve the professionalism of their operations through a model bill on clearing and freight forwarders industry in the East African Community region. This comes at a time, when there is need to promote economic diversification and industrialisation by linking economies and a need for a strong […]

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November 20, 2019

East African business lobby calls for elimination of non-tariff barriers to boost trade

The umbrella organization of the private sector of the East African Community (EAC) on Tuesday called for the elimination of non-tariff barriers within the economic bloc in order to boost intra-regional trade. Nicholas Nesbitt, chairman of East African Business Council (EABC) told journalists in Nairobi that the six-member trading bloc has achieved many milestones to […]

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November 13, 2019

Equip Kenyan youth, women for opportunities in expanded Africa

While attending the 23rd Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts (ICSOE) meeting as a private sector and youth participant, one topic that inspired me was “Faster implementation of AfCFTA (African Continental Free Trade Area) for job creation for the youth”. The theme of the meeting organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa […]

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