Browsing: East African Community (EAC)

Kenya and Tanzania are working on resolving non-tariff trade barriers that have stifled business between East Africa's largest economies.
  • Non-tariff trade barriers are restrictions trade blocs impose to further their political and economic goals.
  • Kenya and Tanzania are working on resolving non-tariff trade barriers that have stifled business between East Africa’s largest economies.
  • Kenya is a crucial partner for Tanzania and is the largest source of African Foreign Direct Investment in Tanzania.

The East African Community

Countries have adopted regional trading blocs as a strategy to increase global competitiveness. The East African Community (EAC) member states are dedicated to enhancing economic efficiency and fostering regional integration through strategic investments using established industries.

EAC aims to position the Community as a single investment area, harmonising trade policies, investment incentives, and product standards.

At the beginning of its operations, EAC ended non-trade barriers (NTB) between member countries intending to liberalise trade. However, this affected the NTB imposed by the members, especially Kenya and Tanzania, who are critical traders in the market.…

open skies policy
  • The open Skies Policy in civil aviation aims to ease international airlines’ access to national airports to increase the flow of tourists and develop their potential as regional air hubs.
  • Kenya is seen to warm up to more international carriers, with the latest being flyDubai, which is now flying directly to the Moi International Airport, Mombasa, after launching last week.
  • Apart from attracting foreign carriers mainly from Europe and the Middle East, airlines from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and other EAC states will operate across borders without restrictions.

The Open Skies Policy in Kenya

Kenya is slowly heeding calls by the private sector to open its skies to more international airlines seeking to fly directly to the country’s Coast, a leading beach destination preferred mainly by Europeans.

This comes as the government also banks on the recently unveiled “visa-free” to open the country to more visitors, aiming to grow the …

Social Bond
  • Kenyans in the diaspora sent home $4.19 billion in 2023 as remittance inflows to the East African country hit an all-time high.
  • The high numbers signal that Kenyans living and working in the diaspora defied the inflationary pressures they still experienced to send more money back home.
  • Since the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many Kenyans in the diaspora have had to cut spending to navigate inflationary pressures and afford to send money back home.

Kenyans in the diaspora sent home $4.19 billion in 2023 as remittance inflows to the East African country hit an all-time high, boosting foreign exchange reserves and support for families in the wake of tough economic times.

According to the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), the figures are up by four per cent compared to the $4.02 billion sent in 2022.

“The inflows were strong in December 2023 at $372.6 million compared to $355.0 million …

East Africa's insurance sector
  • East Africa’s insurance sector regulators held the 7th Special Meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCo)of the East African Insurers Supervisors Association (EAISA) in Kenya on Friday.
  • The East African insurance supervisors have resolved to promote the development of cross-border insurance products and services jointly.
  • The members have also agreed to coordinate joint innovation initiatives relating to insurance development in member states.

Joint resolve for East Africa’s insurance sector supervisors 

The East African insurance supervisors have resolved to jointly promote the development of cross-border insurance products and services to address the challenges of low insurance uptake and penetration in the region.

The members have also agreed to coordinate joint innovation initiatives relating to insurance development in member states.

Working under the auspices of the East African Insurance Supervisors Association (EAISA), the supervisors, at their 7th Special Meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCo) meeting held in Eldoret, Kenya, also agreed to employ …

tourism market EAC
  • Annual tourist arrivals to the EAC are anticipated to increase to about 14.05 million by 2025, from the 7.2 million recorded in 2019. 
  • Kenya targets 5.5 million international tourist arrivals and a $6.3 billion annual contribution by 2028.
  • Fast-tracking of the EAC Single Tourism Visa remains critical to sell the region as a single tourism investment hub.

Diversification of products beyond traditional attractions and joint promotion of the region is a catalyst to revamping the East African Community as a single tourism market. This call on a single tourism market was underscored by regional Ministers responsible for EAC Affairs and Tourism and Wildlife Management who converged for the opening of the 3rd EAC Regional Tourism Expo (EARTE’23) and the Magical Kenya Travel Expo in Nairobi, Kenya.

The three-day Expo that kicked off on Monday provides an opportunity for EAC Partner States to create awareness of tourism investment opportunities and …

DRC's cobalt | US | Democratic Republic of Congo
  • The strategic manoeuvrings of the United States in the DRC’s cobalt mines serve as an international yardstick for how well it can balance economic aspirations with ethical imperatives.
  • The DRC has become embroiled in a complicated geopolitical chess game, and it is no longer merely a national asset but a worldwide commodity.
  • The strategic importance of cobalt from the Congo to the United States exemplifies the necessity for a multifaceted solution that upholds human dignity in the workplace, safeguards natural resources, and encourages economic resilience.

Conspicuously rising to critical importance on a global scale, cobalt has been overshadowed by the world’s precious metals. Although it is sometimes overlooked in resource talks in favour of its more glamorous cousins, gold and oil, this silvery-blue element—a byproduct of copper and nickel mining—is an essential component of modern technology.

Nevertheless, it is a mineral of the future because it powers electronic devices such …

Ethiopia-Somalia port dispute
  • The EU is supporting efforts in the Horn of Africa that will boost regional economic integration and trade. 
  • Djibouti’s major trading partner countries include Ethiopia and troubled Somalia.
  • Trade Mark Africa is helping implement a single window system which is already in use across EAC.

The EU has expressed its support for Djibouti’s plan to enhance connectivity within the Horn of Africa, a move that will promote trade with Ethiopia, one of the region’s biggest trade partners.

This collaboration is in sync with the African Alliance for e-commerce, a consortium comprising 18 member countries, dedicated to advancing the Single Window concept. This alignment adheres to the recommendations set forth by international institutions.

A pivotal project within the Alliance is the establishment of a Regional Single Window, designed to seamlessly interconnect all national platforms. The overarching goal is to streamline trade processes, bolstering the competitiveness of African nations on the global …

Port of Mombasa

Kenya’s Mombasa port has for years remained the leading harbour in East Africa, serving traders in the country and neighbouring landlocked states. Uganda is the biggest destination for transit cargo through the Port of Mombasa, accounting for about 83.2 per cent of transit cargo through the Kenyan port. South Sudan takes up 9.9 per cent while DR Congo, Tanzania and Rwanda account for 7.2 per cent, 3.2 per cent and 2.4 per cent, respectively.…

East Africa Energy Potential
  • Kenya National Oil Corporation CEO Gideon Morintat will lead talks on the untapped potential of East African energy market in October forum.
  • With 1.4 billion barrels of recoverable crude oil reserves and significant gas resources, Uganda ranks among Africa’s fastest growing energy markets.
  • In the renewables and power sectors, Uganda is diversifying energy mix by maximizing biomass, nuclear, solar and green hydrogen production.

Kenya’s oil and gas sector may be modest today, but stakeholders are joining forces to harness East Africa’s (EA) energy potential as significant discoveries across countries raise the stakes for investors.

At the upcoming African Energy Week (AEW), which will go on between October 16-20 in Cape Town, Leparan Gideon Morintat, the CEO of the Kenya National Oil Corporation (NOC), will lead discussions on the untapped potential of the East African energy market.

Engaging with a diverse range of investors and project developers, Morintat aims to attract …

Kenya's mining sector
  •  In Kenya, mining yields high-grade quantities of gold, copper, ilmenite and tantalum.
  • Kenya is an important source of non-metallic minerals including soda ash, limestone, salt, niobium, fluorspar and fossil fuels.
  • Titanium ores have for the last decade remained top mineral forex earner for Kenya.

A plan to give Kenya’s mining sector a makeover is underway, with policymakers banking on reforms that can attract investors as the country seeks to grow the revenue base.

The move comes four years since the 2019 government moratorium on the issuance of new prospecting and mining licenses. At the time, the government had not renewed licenses since 2015 when about 65 companies saw their permits revoked.

Those in operation run under a gazette notice. For companies whose permits expire, they are forced to seek special clearance from the ministry. The freeze on issuance of new licenses was to allow for geospatial surveys to map out …