Tag Archives: East Africa

CDEA’s Executive Director wins national and regional CEO awards

CDEA's Executive Director, Ayeta Anne Wangusa was awarded a country and regional award by CEO Global's Africa's Most Influential Women in Business and Government Award in the Arts and Culture category. Getting the regional award automatically enters her into the continental award competition that will be held in November in South Africa. Anne Ayeta Wangusa,…
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Cycling for EAC Integration: the Tour d’EAC 2017

‘Our advice to the people of East Africa is that we need to step forward and own the integration process. We shouldn’t leave it only to politicians. We the people are the ones who will benefit most from integration. Therefore, we should embrace initiatives aimed at fostering integration in our region’       John Balongo, Director…
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YouthConnekt Africa 2017: from Potential to Success

Africa is undergoing a demographic sea change and has the youngest population of any continent in the world with 226 million people aged between 15 and 24. Although the willingness to innovate and succeed is abundant, a fundamental lack of education, employment and financial opportunities has led to Africa having the largest youth unemployment rate…
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DOADOA 2017 | East African Performing Arts Market

What is DOADOA? Despite an abundance of talent and ambition, East African artists struggle more than most to find commercial success within the regional and international market. Often, we hear about the success of the Nigerian music industry as a result of its local market of over 180 million consumers and its ability to export…
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A Glance at Namanga Cross-Border Trade

Informal Cross-Border Trade Informal cross-border trade, which is trade that occurs outside of formal, legal mechanisms, plays an important role in the economies of East Africa. It not only acts as an accelerator of economic development, but also regional development. Generally speaking, informal cross-border trade can encourage entrepreneurial activity, regional trade, contribute to greater food…
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5th Annual EAC Secretary General’s Forum

Secretary General Hon. Libérat Mfumukeko will convene the 5th Annual Secretary General’s Forum in Bujumbura, Burundi from the 22nd to 23rd June, 2017 under the theme, ’15 Years of the EAC: Towards a Borderless Community’. The EAC (East African Community) Secretariat with support from GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH) implemented the CDF (Consultative Dialogue…
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Soko Mkononi: Placing the East African Market in Citizens’ Hands

The Common Market Protocol was signed in November, 2009. Its provisions have greatly eased the free movement of goods, services, capital and people. This has produced a wealth of opportunities for the private sector to grow the East African economy through intra-EAC trade. However, for many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs the opportunities…
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Citizens’ Voices on Tackling Youth Labor and Employment Services in East Africa

The Incubator for Integration and Development in East Africa (IIDEA) in partnership with YouMatch, a global initiative for youth in Africa implemented by GIZ seeks to promote positive employment for young people, works together with small-scale projects implemented by private sector and civil society organizations to showcase citizen’s experiences on regional integration. One of the…
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The East African Community Celebrates International Women’s Day #beboldforchange

The East African Community (EAC), in cooperation with GIZ, set out to bring International Women’s Day to Arusha. With this year’s theme being “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”, the events of 8th March, 2017 sought to encourage working women to be bold for change in order to reach the…
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Tour d’EAC 2016: On the Road to Integration

As EAC integration advances, the inclusion of citizens from all levels of society remains one of the biggest challenges. Despite the strides made towards uniting this community of nations, many people are unaware of the rights and freedoms granted to them by achievements such as the Common Market Protocol. On the other hand, EAC policymakers…
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