Tag Archives: Trade

Welcome to our New Partners in IIDEA and IRTF

At the beginning of 2021, the Incubator for Integration and Development in East Africa (IIDEA) and the Intra-Regional Trade Facility (IRTF) invited private sector and civil society organisations in the East African Community Partner States to submit innovative ideas for small-scale projects. IIDEA concentrated on the areas of digitalisation/ICT, health and stakeholder engagement on the…
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IIDEA and IRTF Partners at the 21st EAC MSME Trade Fair

2nd – 12th December 2021 Mwanza (Tanzania)Promoting quality and innovation to enhance EAC MSME competitiveness and post-COVID-19 recovery From the 2nd to the 6th December 2021, the Incubator for Integration and Development in East Africa (IIDEA) and the Intra-Regional Trade Facility (IRTF) will participate in the 21st EAC MSMEs Trade Fair and Exhibition at Mwanza…
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Women Cross-border Grain Traders

Enhancing Women’s Participation in Uganda and Kenya The grain sector is probably the most important sub-sector within the agricultural sector. Maize, wheat, rice and pulses are by far the most important food commodities in East Africa. Production of these food staples varies greatly from country to country, creating natural opportunities for trade between East African…
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Are we Powering Profitable Trade? Inclusive and Sustainable Participation and Empowerment of Women in Trade

IIDEA Partner DMT tested solutions to overcome unprofitable trade targeting women trader cooperatives as well as the women traders’ transactions through the Women Cross Border Traders’ Cooperatives Accelerator Project. Now we can take a closer look at the lessons learnt and best practices. Great strides have been made in facilitating trade in the East African…
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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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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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