Author: Zuweina Farah

Building the grid of the future, today.

SOURCE: Gabriel Davies, The Brookings Institution Every evening, the sun drops behind the horizon and darkness falls. And, every evening, although 6 billion people reach out and switch on the lights, over 1.2 billion remain off-grid.  For over 100 years, since Thomas Edison’s coal-fired power station first lit up homes and offices in downtown Manhattan,…

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Can Africa Be a Manufacturing Destination? Labor Costs in Comparative Perspective.

SOURCE: Center for Global Development – Alan Gelb , Christian Meyer , Vijaya Ramachandran and Divyanshi Wadhwa Stable, coastal countries like Senegal, Kenya, and Tanzania seem like strong candidates for a role in global manufacturing, yet they’re still too expensive when labor and capital costs are considered. Our central question is whether African countries can…

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The future of farming in Africa is not agriculture but agribusiness.

Africa is a farm lover’s dream: abundant uncultivated arable land, roughly over half the global total; tropical climates that permit long growing seasons; a young labor force; and an expanding population that provides a readily available market for produce consumption. Yet, African countries are yet to harness these opportunities to ensure sustainable food security and…

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October Newsletter

Letter from the Chairman Thanksgiving is upon us, but for many, 2017 has been a year of difficult economic news.  AmCham doesn’t want to shy away from tough conversations about the business environment, but we believe that Thanksgiving is an opportunity to look on the bright side and celebrate this beautiful country that we all…

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September Newsletter

Letter from the Chairman: AmCham is proud to support the many talented and influential women who are leaders in their businesses and organizations.  This month, AmCham announces the launch of a new initiative: Women’s Leadership Organization (WLO). WLO will be led and organized by women and aimed at providing female leaders in business, government, and…

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Overview of the Used Clothing Market in East Africa: Analysis of Determinants and Implications

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In March 2016, the East African Community (EAC) Heads of State issued a Joint Communiqué from the 17th Ordinary Summit, expressing their intent to progressively phase out importation of used clothing as a means to support the region’s textile and apparel industry.* A U.S. trade association reacted to these measures by requesting an…

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Excise Duty Alert: Introduction of Excise Duty Act 2017 in Zanzibar

In brief The Government of Zanzibar has introduced the Excise Duty Act 2017 that will administer excise duty on various goods and services in Zanzibar. The new legislation will replace the application of the Excise (Management and Tariff) Act (which has been until recently applicable to both Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar) on supplies made in…

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Tanzania requires NGOs to verify their registration status

Executive summary Tanzania’s Registrar of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) has issued a public notice requesting all NGOs operating in Tanzania to verify their registration during the period of 21 August 2017 and 4 September 2017. Non-compliant NGOs will be removed and de-registered from the registry. Download the full PDF here: 2017G_04713-171Gbl_Tanzania requires NGOs to verify their registration…

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Tanzania shows the appeal and the pitfalls of frontier markets

Source: Financial Times For the past decade or so, investors have used the term “frontier markets” (FMs) to describe a group of up-and-coming equity and bond markets that are smaller and less liquid than the emerging markets (EMs), but with the potential to grow rapidly. Proponents of FM investing argue that such markets should outperform…

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Bridges Africa -The Development Potential of Cross-Border Infrastructure in Africa: A Job Creation Perspective

SOURCE: East Africa Trade & Investment Hub Bridges Africa- The Development Potential of Cross-Border Infrastructure in Africa: A Job Creation Perspective is a publication by the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development. It provides insight on the various development strategies being applied all around Africa. The publication contains a segment on how Africa can…

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