From the American People
COMPETE builds on the success of two prior USAID programs, the Regional Agriculture and Trade Expansion (RATES) program and the East African Community Trade Hub. By combining the best aspects of these programs, COMPETE takes a holistic approach to addressing the constraints and promoting the opportunities available to African companies to increase their competitiveness and trade with the United States and global markets.
COMPETE will work to:
1) Reduce barriers to trade;
2) Increase competitiveness and market access in selected value chains including staple foods, and;
3) Increase trade and investment between the U.S. and Eastern and Central Africa (ECA) via the ECA Trade Hub.
COMPETE will partner with private sector-led Regional Trade Associations, COMESA and the EAC to enhance competitiveness and trade in targeted sectors and create tools that will allow small farmers to participate more effectively in regional trade. The goal is to reduce barriers to trade and help firms adopt international quality standards that make them more competitive in regional and global markets. See COMPETE website: www.competeafrica.org
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8 April 2013
The African Fine Coffees Association (AFCA), in partnership with the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) and USAID COMPETE, held its 7th annual Kenya National Taste of...
16 April 2013
RITS was named one of the “Five Most Fas-cinating Ag Apps of 2011” by USAID’s Global Broadband and Innovations Program. Raters hailed it as “the most anthropologically astute ag app on the market today.”
9 November 2012
The USAID COMPETE Trade Hub recently returned from a high-profile Origin Africa awareness and marketing campaign in Europe and Asia. Origin Africa is an ongoing...
6 November 2012
Ambassador Demetrios Marantis, Deputy, United States Trade Representative (USTR) and Assistant USTR, Florie Liser, visited the USAID East Africa Trade Hub (COMPETE ) on October...
29 May 2012
Therese Iribagiza is Vice President and Master Seamstress of Indego Africa’s Cocoki Cooperative. She is one of Indego Africa's partner artisans who was accepted into the...
9 August 2011
The Regional Federation of East African Freight Forwarders Associations (FEAFFA), the apex private sector body representing the freight forwarding industry in East Africa, is working...
13 July 2011
“Shamba” is the Swahili word for “farm” and “Choma” means “grilled.” American consumers are becoming familiar with these terms thanks to USAID East Africa’s Competitiveness...
28 April 2011
Demand is growing for goods that help contribute to positive social outcomes. However, developing quality product lines that appeal to consumers with sophisticated tastes is...
The outlook remains bright for Africa’s cotton, textile and apparel sector fueled by the global demand for cotton, diversification of apparel sourcing to Africa and...
20 January 2011
16 March 2011
The outlook is bright for Africa’s cotton, textile and apparel sector. The industry is undergoing a renaissance fueled by a global demand for cotton, diversification...
5 November 2010
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Swahili Fashion Week is partnering with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Competitiveness and Trade Expansion Program (COMPETE) to host Ready to Wear...
5 November 2010
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