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January 6, 2022

Many East African Community (EAC) countries have undertaken initiatives to establish national commodities exchanges in their respective countries. Modernizing national commodities exchanges create transparent, efficient, and structured national trading systems, giving farmers and producers better prices for their commodities and enabling processors to reduce price and quality fluctuations. While EAC countries have taken important initiatives to support commodities exchange development, there is still work to be done to improve, coordinate, and interlink those exchanges. 

January 6, 2022

Access to clean and reliable electricity remains a challenge for a significant percentage of the population in Kenya and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, especially those living far away from the interconnected grid. By 2022, the Power Africa Off Grid Project (PAOP) will enable more than two million Kenyans to access electricity through solar home systems and mini grids to meet their needs for their homes and businesses.

October 8, 2021

Horn of Africa Resilience Network (HoRN), formerly known as Horn of Africa Joint Planning Cell, was established in late 2011. Coordinated by the resilience team at the United States Agency for International Development / Kenya and East Africa (USAID/KEA), the HoRN supports USAID’s mission to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies.

August 30, 2021

In order to lay the foundation for this vision, over the course of the next five years, USAID will promote East African leadership for regional resilience, prosperity and stability. In order to effectively promote East African leadership, USAID/KEA will diversify our partnerships to improve their utility in reaching desired development outcomes.The regional platform has historically partnered with three Regional Economic Communities (RECs): East African Community (EAC), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

April 30, 2021

While the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), passed in 2000 and extended in 2015 until 2025, provides duty-free access to the U.S. market for African footwear products, East African countries have for the most part struggled to take advantage of it.  Although Ethiopia exported, on average, a little over $25 million in footwear products per year to the U.S. from FY  2016-20, the rest of East Africa generated, in the aggregate, an average of just $0.332 million annually over that period. East Africa’s performance under AGOA is compounded by a slowing U.S. end market.


Last updated: August 08, 2022

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