Trade Logistic Clusters

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Despite promising developments in the region, East African industrialisation remains elusive. The region continues to be heavily import-reliant, importing four to five times than it exports, whilst regional trade remains low. Whilst much progress has been made with TMA support in driving down time and costs of trade in the region and lowering import costs, there has been a muted production response at firm level while export profiles are dominated by primary commodities with few signs of value addition. Unemployment is persistently high across the region, particularly amongst youth. 

One of the key innovations pursued by TMA under its new strategy 2, is to pilot Trade and Logistics Clusters (TLCs) in each country in the EAC as a way to support growth and job creation. Initial feasibility work combined with analysis through a World Bank geo-spatial model indicate that there are certain areas… 

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