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EABC Signs Deal With Danish Centre To Scale Up Trade Opportunities




The East African Business Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MS TCDC) in a bid to scale up business opportunities for youth in the Region.

Speaking shortly before signing the deal on Monday, EABC Executive Director John Bosco Kalisa said the growing population, skills and knowledge of the youth in the region was a great asset for economic transformation of the EAC region.

Such a partnership is set to see two instuttions organise and facilitate events, seeking to address policy and regulatory challenges hindering youths from investing in the region.

Kalisa commended the development managament training institution located in Arusha for establishing the youth in business, trade and entreprise, an initiative that has played a key role in advancing participation of youth in business and increased access to economic opportunities.

“We’ve both agreed on establishing a Youth Business Advisory Desk, whih will strive to promptly resolve issues inihibiting youths from scaling up their businesses,” Kalisa said.

MS TCDC boss, Makena Mwobobia exuded confidence that the partnership will boost youths’ participation in policy decision-making process at the EAC level and push a condusive environment for businesses plus amply active participation of youth in cross border and intra-Africa trade.

The agreement also commits to creating platforms to sensitize youths on developing issues, limiting them from accessing markets, thus curtailing the growth of their businesses.

The agreement also outlines that the youths will benefit from training aimed at building their capacity to address skill gaps in the market.

Such a move hinges on increasing intra-regional trade which stands at below 20% and comes at a time when the region is grappling to recover from effects of Covid-19.

The agreement will also ensure institutions endeavor to recruit and retain youths in business as part of the EAC SMEs platform.

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Flights From Dubai To Nairobi Resume



Kenya government has lifted a ban on flights from Dubai entering its territory ending a weeks-long dispute with the United Arab Emirates.

The East African nation had imposed a ban on all inbound and transit passenger flights from the Middle East nation two weeks ago. The ban was lifted Monday midnight, offering a major relief to hundreds of travellers between the two destinations.

The ban did not however affect cargo flights that are normally flown by carriers such as Kenya Airways (KQ) and Emirates airline from UEA into Kenya.

“Kenya shall do a NOTAM lifting the suspension of flights to and from UAE from midnight tonight (Monday),’’ said Gilbert Kibe Director-General Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).

The ban came a few days after UAE extended the Kenya flight ban after it established that travellers from Nairobi were testing positive for Covid-19 after arrival in the Middle East nation, despite carrying negative test results.

Kibe said the scheme involved a racket of private medical testing centres that colluded with travellers to issue fake Covid-19 PCR results to aid their travel.

The Ministry of Health has however launched investigations into the matter with a view to bringing to book health officials who were involved in the shoddy deal that has now coasted Kenya millions of shillings in lost passenger revenues.

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Bralirwa Shares Trading Badly On Rwanda Stock Exchange



Since the just concluded festive season, Rwanda’s largest brewer has not been in good books with its clients as retailers repeatedly complain of lack of some products and  sometimes rationing of beers.

“It is very hard to get grand Primus beers. Every time I send someone to get them from the depot we are told that distributors  haven’t supplied,” says Christine Nyiramariza a bar owner in Gatsibo district.

Trending on twitter is a very confusing situation of Amstel beer filled in Mutzig bottles.

According to Rwanda Stock Exchange, as of Friday, the value of Bralirwa share had dropped to Rwf124.

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Equity Bank Gets £37m From British Agency To Lend SMEs



UK’s Minister for Africa, Vicky Ford MP (pictured above) said his government was extending a total of £37 million to Equity Bank Kenya for onward lending to small businesses.

“Our economic partnership is delivering impressive results, and we have some ambitious, exciting plans for the future. Plans that will deliver for Kenya, and for the UK, long into our shared future,” she said.

This money is being channeled through UK’s development finance institution British International Investment (BII) – formerly known as CDC Group. BII is a key part of the UK government’s wider plans to mobilise up to £8 billion a year of public and private sector investment in international projects by 2025.

This will include BII partnering with capital markets and sovereign wealth funds to scale up financing and help the private sector move in.

BII will prioritise sustainable infrastructure investment to provide clean, honest and reliable financing and avoid low and middle-income countries being left with bad and unsustainable debt.

Ford also stated that the UK will increase its support for green manufacturing in Kenya by providing an additional £400,000 to help Kenya build a green manufacturing industry, increasing its support to the Ministry of Trade and the wider Kenyan manufacturing sector in this area.

Green manufacturing was highlighted by President Kenyatta at COP26 as a key opportunity for Kenya to create new green jobs.

The funding through the UK’s Manufacturing Africa programme will provide expert analysis and advice on how government policy and the organised private sector can help build this industry and create new green jobs for Kenyans.

Kenya is already the third biggest portfolio for BII, with Sh42 billion investments across 83 companies. Those companies support 36,350 jobs and pay Sh2.6 billion in taxes.

“This is how we will deliver world-class projects, characterised by high standards and outstanding expertise, without forcing huge new debts onto countries such as Kenya,” she said.

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