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Improving Enterprise Competitiveness and Trade Expansion in Central and East Africa

The USAID East Africa Trade Hub program supported initiatives throughout central and east Africa to build sustainable capacity for competitive regional and international trade, as well as food security.
​​USAID and Chemonics enhanced enterprise growth and created tools that allowed small farmers and small businesses to participate more effectively in the regional and international economy, through the East Africa Trade Hub program (formerly known as the Competitiveness and Trade Expansion Program). The program worked to reduce barriers to trade; supported the growth of key sectors, such as staple food crops, coffee, and cotton/textiles; and increased trade and investment between the United States and east and central Africa.
Central to the program was an African private sector-led reform agenda; the program worked through regional trade associations and lead firms to build the private sector’s capacity to advocate for an improved policy and trade environment. The project also addressed transit transport constraints and works with firms and regional trade associations to improve production capacity and quality standards. The program collaborated with regional economic communities such as the Common Market for Southern and Eastern Africa, the East African Community, other USAID programs, and regional and international private sector partners.


Through USAID’s African Global Competitiveness Initiative, the program also maintained the East and Central African Trade Hub. The hub assisted African firms and governments to enhance their competitiveness globally and built their capacity to take better advantage of opportunities under the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

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