Kenya AGOA aims doubling 2016 exports value to US by 2025

2018/01 23 06:01

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Hub in east Africa and the Kenyan ministry of industry, trade and cooperatives recently joined Kenya’s private sector to review and validate a new Kenya National African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) strategy that aims to double its 2016 figure of exports to the United States by […]

Kenya in talks with China, Brazil, Turkey for textile hubs

2018/01 05 06:01

Talks are under way between textile firms from China, Turkey and Brazil and the Kenyan Government to roll out investments to set up value addition hubs in the latter’s cotton industry, according to the Kenyan agriculture ministry. Members of the Kenya Chinese Chamber of Commerce are, for instance, expected to set up textile factories to […]

Kenyan small business to access US market via new deal

2017/12 21 08:12

The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) and the Centre of International Private Enterprise (CIPE), an organisation affiliated to the US Chamber of Commerce, have recently signed an agreement that will help over 2,000 small businesses in Nairobi, Mombasa and Vihiga counties venture into the US market by December next year. Kenyan small […]

APC bags KNCCI 2017 Agribusiness of the Year award

2017/12 20 05:12

Courtesy: Africa Plantation Capital Africa Plantation Capital (APC), which produces and exports bamboo fibre for the textile industry, has been awarded the 2017 ‘Agribusiness of the Year’ by the Kenya Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI). The award fortifies APC’s position as the leading agribusiness management firm in Kenya and as a key agribusiness leader […]

Global brands sign contracts with Kenyan apparel units

2017/10 28 08:10

Top global fashion brands are raising the profile of Kenya’s export processing zones (EPZs) by signing production contracts with apparel manufacturers there. Calvin Klein, Arrow, Izod and Cherokee are some such labels that have signed such contracts. These brands are looking to source more of their clothing items from Africa to reduce their reliance on […]

117 finish USAID training for Kenyan apparel sector jobs

2017/10 23 07:10

Hundred and seventeen Kenyan trainees cleared a course on technical and soft skills organised by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) East Africa Trade and Investment Hub’s new apparel workforce skills development programme at three training centres in Nairobi, Jumvu and Mtwapa. Similar training is under way at other locations as well. Thirty graduates […]

Kenyan task force to commercialise transgenic cotton

2017/10 19 12:10

Kenya recently set up a national task force to oversee the commercialisation of transgenic cotton in the next five years. According to cabinet secretary for agriculture, livestock and fisheries Willy Bett, Kenyan farmers will start cultivating Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) cotton in 2019 once the task force establishes structures to support that endeavour. Controlled field trials […]

117 finish USAID training for Kenyan apparel sector jobs

2017/10 19 12:10

Hundred and seventeen Kenyan trainees cleared a course on technical and soft skills organised by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) East Africa Trade and Investment Hub’s new apparel workforce skills development programme at three training centres in Nairobi, Jumvu and Mtwapa. Similar training is under way at other locations as well. Thirty graduates […]

USAID signs agreement with Fromtu to boost African trade

2017/09 13 08:09

Courtesy: East Africa Trade and Investment Hub The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) recently signed an agreement with Fromtu, a new business-to-business platform owned and operated by the global shipping and logistics giant Maersk Group, to provide technical support and market intelligence. Maersk aims at simplifying […]

USAID boosts skilled labour in Kenyan apparel sector

2017/09 02 17:09

USAID’s East Africa Trade and Investment Hub has started an initiative to train 2,000 Kenyan youth for full-time sewing machine operator jobs. The trained youth will help tackle the problem of skilled labour that hinders Kenya’s apparel industry growth. Large apparel firms, such as Mombasa Apparel and Africa Apparel EPZ, are hosting the training centres. […]

New transgenic cotton variety soon for Kenyan farmers

2017/08 08 09:08

A genetically-modified cotton variety with high resistance to boll worm infestation will be released to farmers in Kenya soon. The high-yielding, drought-resistant Bt cotton, which is being cultivated in Burkina Faso and South Africa, brings high financial returns, according to Charles Waturu, director of Horticultural Research Institute in Thika. The variety will be initially released […]

Brazil to promote cotton growth in East Africa

2017/07 13 09:07

Brazilian government has taken the initiative to boost the production of cotton in East Africa by improving the techniques of cotton farming and through training professionals. Assistance to cotton farmers with the availability of better cotton varieties, irrigation projects, and transparent pricing will boost cotton production in African countries. Cotton Victoria Project, a partnership between […]