Economic Growth and Trade

Some of the world’s poorest nations are located in the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes, and poor infrastructure, low agricultural productivity, and inadequate market competitiveness constrain the regions’ opportunities to grow. Through the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, USAID helps raise incomes by removing barriers to trade and reducing the cost of doing business. USAID also supports operational and policy improvements in transit and infrastructure through regional partnerships with the East African Power Pool, regional economic communities, and the Regional Customs Transit Guarantee.


We are helping to increase trade, competitiveness and food security in the region. We achieve this by supporting increased regional integration, reducing the time and cost of transit, increasing trade in agriculture with a focus on staple foods, and by supporting increased U.S.-Africa Trade under the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA). In East Africa, USAID has developed a model to integrate the objectives of Feed the Future, the U.S. Government global hunger and food security initiative, into its trade programs. Targeted value chains include coffee, cotton, textiles, apparel, staple foods, and horticulture


Weak energy and transport infrastructures are the greatest inhibitors to intra-regional and international trade. We are helping to stimulate transit and utility infrastructure development through improvements in operations/finance management practices and the policy/regulatory environment through regional partners such as the East African Power Pool, Regional Economic Communities and the Regional Customs Transit Guarantee.

Fact Sheet: East Africa Trade and Investment Hub

AGOA in East Africa

East Africa Trade and Investment Hub Support to Ethiopia

East Africa Trade and Investment Hub Support to Rwanda

Boosting trade and investment with and within East Africa

Supporting Madagascar to Benefit from African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Exports

Investment and Technology Component


Last updated: April 21, 2017

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