Feed the Future Update August 2014 (Final Submission) The East Africa Trade Hub (EATH) carries out a number of activities every month in support of bilateral and regional FtF efforts. Activities for August 2014 included: USAID/EA FtF IR 1.2 Reduced barriers to cross- border trade and transit EATH Transitions work with Joint Border Committees (JBCs) to Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) On August 12-13, the EATH transit team travelled to Kisumu, Kenya for the transition of their technical support for Kenya’s four JBC posts (Malaba, Busia, Namanga, Isibania) to TradeMark East Africa (TMEA). EATH has been supporting the EAC countries in the establishment and capacity building of the JBCs at various borders within the region. EATH has provided technical support and undertaken strategic initiatives aimed at improving border efficiency and competitiveness of supply chain logistics. With this transition event, EATH’s JBC work is now being formally transferred to TMEA. During the transition event attended by EATH, TMEA, and JBC members and stakeholders, EATH shared the results of the completed border assessments of the Kenya borders. The assessment showed that the Malaba border was the best performing border followed by Busia, Namanga and Isibania respectively. The participants at the transition meeting expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the support and initiatives that have been conducted by the EATH project in facilitating trade within the EAC region. The team equally commended the EATH staff members who have worked tirelessly in availing the technical and logistical support and guidance in various trade facilitation initiatives within EAC in general and specifically to Kenya. The requested asked the TMEA team to consider work in close collaboration with the current EATH JBC team so as to learn lessons and provide a smooth transition from where things are at the moment. USAID’s Power Africa/Trade Africa (PATA) representative Dr. Kenneth Kambona equally commended the EATH Transit Team for their dedication, commitment, and the determination that made it possible for the results in border performance to be realized within the project period. Dr. Kambona urged the JBC members to continue with the same team spirit and assured them of USAID PATA continued support in making the Kenyan borders efficient and competitive. In his acceptance speech, the TMEA team leader, Mr. Theo Lyimo - Director of OSBP, commended the EATH and JBC team members for their cooperation and coordination that has enabled the Kenyan borders to be exemplary models in trade facilitation within the EAC region. In his presentation, Mr. Lyimo provided a brief background and highlights of TMEA’s work and its role in promoting trade facilitation within the EAC region. He further assured the participants that TMEA will continue and even improve on the good work that EATH has been doing with respect to the Coordinated Border Management (CBM) activities in Kenya and the EAC in general. He reiterated that TMEA will work closely with JBC members in enhancing the role of Kenya border agencies in promoting trade facilitation and in strengthening the CBM/IBM structures in the context of WTO protocols and principles of trade facilitation. Given that TMEA has limited presence in the EAC borders, Mr. Lyimo assured the participants that he shall explore further policy issues/gaps with TMEA and USAID PATA so as to ensure that TMEA develops and implements a comprehensive CBM program in all the EAC borders. Tanzanian JBC Team Tours Malaba and Busia Border posts EATH transit team travelled to the Malaba and Busia Borders in Kenya to accompany high level Government members from Tanzania JBCs who were on a study tour to share experiences and lessons learned on the best practices of the Coordinated Border Management (CBM) system. This experience sharing came about after the EATH team’s CBM assessment results showed that Malaba and Busia Borders, Kenya, were the best ranked borders within the East African Community region according to CBM implementation standards. Because of this, the Tanzania JBC team requested to learn from the Kenyan JBC team about their experiences as well as their approaches to the participatory management structure of the JBCs. The study tour comprised of a high level delegation, under the leadership of Kagyabukama E. Kiliba Deputy Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office on Regional Administration and Local Government and included Ambrose Lugenge, Assistant Director- Ministry of Industry and Trade and Edwin Rutageruka, Director of Domestic Markets – Tanzania Trade Development Authority. The Tanzania team members expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the support and initiatives being done by EATH in facilitating trade within the EAC region. The team equally commended EATH’s transit team who have worked tirelessly in availing the technical and logistical support and guidance in various trade facilitation initiatives within EAC in general and specifically to Tanzania. The team further commended the cooperation and coordination existing between Malaba (Kenya) and Malaba (Uganda) in conducting joint inspections and operations. The Tanzania team promised to put into practice some of the key principles of CBM that have worked well for Malaba and Busia Borders Kenya in improving border cooperation and efficiency. The Tanzania team reiterated the need for further cooperation and coordination among the JBCs within the EAC for learning and experience-sharing exchanges and sent a word of invitation for the Kenya JBC team to also visit Tanzania for similar experience sharing. Since Tanzania has developed a viable framework for online reporting of NTBs along the borders and the country in general, they believe this can be useful for the Kenya team to learn about. USAID/EA FtF IR 1.3 Structured trade for selected commodity value chains EAGC Organizes Successful Agribusiness Expos in Kenya and Uganda The EAGC Agribusiness Expo is the region’s biggest agricultural business trade show which covers three countries-Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. The Expo is a forum that brings together all stakeholders from the closely linked sectors – agribusiness, telecommunication, banking, insurance, and agriculture machinery makers among others to engage in dialogue with their clients resulting in demand-driven products and services to satisfy the requirements of their clients. This year’s Uganda expo took place on August 1-2 in Eastern Uganda at Lukhoge Demonstration Centre, Mbale district. The Expo was organized by EAGC in partnership with Mbale Local Government with support from EATH and sponsorship by various agribusiness companies. The Kenya expo was held on August 14-15 at the Kabarak University grounds with similar support from local Government as well as the Trade Hub and sponsors. The Tanzania expo will be held early next year in Morogoro, Central Tanzania. The objectives of both expos were the following: Bring together stakeholders in the agricultural industry in the country on one platform where all participants would engage each other in dialogue on issues related to agribusiness. Create a forum for increased interaction, dialogue and rapport between the farming community and the manufacturers of agricultural inputs and implements and service providers in the country. Enhance competitive trade and address food security in the region. The companies invited to the expo were from the agricultural sector and included seed, fertilizer, and agro-equipment manufacturing companies, banks and other service providers. Government representatives, the other private sector stakeholders, donors and other strategic partners in the agricultural sector also attended the expo. The expo was designed to increase interaction, dialogue and rapport between the farming community and the agribusiness actors including manufacturers and suppliers of inputs and implements and service providers-financial institutions, grain handlers, etc. and highlight key post-harvest challenges and how they can be mitigated with simple technologies. The key benefits that participants got from this year’s event were: Farmers increased the degree of awareness on post-harvest losses and learned new technologies on post-harvest practices. Exhibitors got to present new products and technologies in agribusiness. Agro-dealers and service providers evaluated product design on acceptability range. Expanded network of potential clients by agro-dealers Agro-dealers and service providers met farmers and made new contacts while also strengthening existing ones. Agro-dealers and service providers observed competitors and the market. An opportunity to engage in dialogue with clients, resulting in demand-driven products and services that satisfy the requirements of the clients.
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