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.