Value for . USD $21.4 returned for
Money . every USD $1 invested
Enabling Trade to
Since its inception in 2011, the Kenya Country Program has been assisting the Government of Kenya and the private sector in implementing interventions to boost trade in the region. The interventions cut across the three TMEA strategic objectives, and aim to contribute to TMEA’s overall vision of promoting trade in the region.
Kenya is a major gateway to East Africa due to its geographical positioning and coastal line. It is also a regional hub for trade, finance, communication and transportation services. The Mombasa Port is a critical node for trade that acts as a mouth for the Northern Corridor reaching the neighboring countries of Uganda, Northern Tanzania, DR Congo, Ethiopia and South Sudan. While Kenya's ease of doing business has been gradually improving, research indicates that many businesses have not positioned themselves to take full advantage of emerging trade opportunities particularly in export.
TradeMark East Africa is partnering with several bodies including the Kenya Revenue Authority, the Kenya National Highway Authority among others to undertake a number of projects from the period starting 2011, including the renovation of physical infrastructure and improvement of systems in order to boost regional trade in East Africa.
TradeMark East Africa set a goal make a 15% time reduction on transporting a container to/from an East African Port to Kigali or Bujumbura. After intervention, the initial target was exceeded, recording an overall reduction time of 16.5%.
Partnering with KENHA, TMEA completed upgrading 6.5 kilometers of the Port Reitz road to a dual carriageway. This has eased traffic congestion in the port and around Mombasa town, leading to lesser time taken to exit the Port of Mombasa and Mombasa town onto the Northern Corridor.
Implementation of the Integrated Customs Management System has recorded value for money at over 37$ returned for every 1$ invested
Through TMEA support, KEPSA has lobbied for the adoption of 31 policies including but not limited to government legislation and business charters.
There is 40% increase in additional tests at the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) resulting in an increase in the number of SMEs products certified and improved their access to formal markets at both domestic and international levels. This has led to an increase in cross border trade and improved business competitiveness in the region. Attributable factor of 30% to TMEA support
758 farmers are certified compliant East African Good Agricultural Practice(EAGAP)
41 farmers are certified to GLOBAL GAP and are now accessing global markets
140 farmer groups have established international market linkages for their produce
Kenya border crossing times have reduced by 80% against a target of 30% with user satisfaction at 70%
Taveta/Holili (Outbound to Tanzania) has seen a time reduction of 90% from 23 hours in 2011 to 2 hours, 30 min in October 2016
Busia Kenya into Busia Uganda – Time reduction of 79% from 14.5 hours in 2011 to 3 hours in June 2016
Time to import through Mombasa Port reduced to 5.5 days as of April 2017 compared to 11.2 days in 2010
This project is focused on improving the physical infrastructure at border crossings that will offer an alternative transportation route to northern Tanzania from Kenya. This project is also targeted at reducing the time it takes to transport goods to and from Mombasa, with the overall goal being to reduce trade costs in East Africa.
$4, 915, 302 – Taveta. $4, 007, 498 – Holili. IBM $600, 000
The time it takes for outbound cargo (from Kenya to Tanzania) has been reduced from 22 hours in 2011 to 2 hours in October 2016. That translates to an overall time reduction of 90% in a span of 5 years.
The time reduction at Busia is 79% as at June 2016 with a user satisfaction of 70%.
TMEA is supporting the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) to expand access/offtake of the Kipevu West Container Terminal in order to increase capacity and efficiency at the northern corridor and the Port of Mombasa.
2014 - 2016
6.5 km of the port Reitz road upgraded from single to dual carriageway
The time taken to import through the port of Mombasa has reduced to 5.5 days as of April 2017 compared 11.2 days in 2010. This marks a 51% reduction in the overall time spent.
The aim of this project is to help KEBS staff and producers improve their understanding of standards and requirements, increased number and range of criteria tested by the Bureau, as well and simplified and more transparent import/export procedures. This is for improvement of access to formal markets and an increase in cross border trade and improved business competitiveness in the region.
Trade Mark East Africa supported the Bureau in the following ways:
Trade Mark East Africa is providing funding and technical support to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) in order to improve the efficiency of customs processing, boost trade facilitation and improve working conditions.
US$13, 000, 000
2014 - 2017
The cost for transporting a standard 40-foot container from Mombasa to Kigali in 2017 was approximately USD $4,800, down from USD $6,500 in 2011 generating a saving (at constant volumes) of approximately USD $7 million on the Mombasa-Kigali route alone
Trade Mark East Africa seeks to support smallholder farmers in East Africa to ensure their products are compliant with market standards, thereby increasing their marketability in the region.
USD $697, 653
2012 - 2015
758 farmers certified EAGAP compliant
Through TMEA support, KEPSA has supported the adoption of 31 policies (including but not limited to government legislation, business charters) to improve the business regulatory environment.