Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya's President, receives Jack Ma at StateMukhisa Kituyi, UNCTAD's Secretary-General, looks on. House, Nairobi, as

Kenya Joins Global Capacity-Building Programme for Entrepreneurs

By Khalifa Hemed Published July 21, 2017 Though Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) are said to contribute some 33.8% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 81.1% of employment opportunities in Kenya, 98% of them not only exist outside the formal economy but are run by women and youth without formal training in business. Wishing






Failed Rainy Season Leads to Food Insecurity in East Africa

Failed Rainy Season Worsens Hunger Situation in East Africa

By Irene Gaitirira Published July 15, 2017 Poor rains across East Africa have worsened hunger and left crops scorched, pastures dry and thousands of livestock dead. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, in its Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) warns that the third consecutive failed rainy season has seriously eroded






Kigali, Rwanda, to host the 5th East Africa International Arbitration Conference September 28-29, 2017.

East Africa Embraces Arbitration, Holds Conference

By Irene Gaitirira Published June 25, 2017 An event aimed at promoting arbitration as an alternative mechanism of resolving disputes to court litigation shall held in Rwanda September 28-29, 2017. The 5th East Africa International Arbitration Conference (EAIAC2017) that shall be held Kigali on the theme ‘Linkages Between International Arbitration and Africa’s economy’, shall seek






African Renewable Energy Projects Win Co-Development Facility competition

By Abdi Ali Published June 20, 2017 Renewable energy projects from Tanzania, Rwanda and Ghana have won US$7 million funding support. The three winning projects are said to have been selected from a technologically and geographically diverse pool of 82 entrants from 23 countries to the 2017 Access Co-Development Facility (ACF) funding support for renewable






Internet Infrastructure Security Guidelines for Africa were launched at the African Internet Summit in Nairobi, Kenya

Internet Infrastructure Security Guidelines for Africa Launched

By Khalifa Hemed Published June 8, 2017 Guidelines to help Africa create a more secure Internet infrastructure have been launched. The guidelines, touted as being the first of their kind in Africa, were unveiled by the African Union Commission and a non-governmental organisation called Internet Society during the African Internet Summit that took place in






Suffyan Koroma, FAO senior economist and lead author of the Formalization of Informal Trade in Africa report.

Harnessing Instead of Suppressing Informal Trade Can Boost Africa’s Economies

By Food and Agricultural Organisation Published May 27, 2017 Africa’s informal cross-border trade (ICBT) can contribute to improving livelihoods and increasing regional integration across the continent. Formalization of Informal Trade in Africa, a report by by Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), says informal cross-border trading accounts for between 20% and 70% of employment in sub-Saharan






Brendan Vickers, Economic Adviser at the Commonwealth Secretariat, says African countries are engaged in a range of global, regional and bilateral negotiations on trade and trade-related issues.

African countries to Discuss Strategies to Strengthen Their Trading capacity

By Irene Gaitirira Published May 24, 2017 African policymakers, negotiators and trade analysts are set to discuss priorities for reviving world trade and strengthening their trading capacity. The two-day meeting in Mauritius–May 25-26, 2017–shall be held to the backdrop of reports that world trade has declined by more than US$3 Trillion, with sub-Saharan Africa’s combined






Henry Rotich, Kenya's Finance Minister, with Patrice Talon, President of Benin, during the ATI meetings in Nairobi

African Governments and Investors Discuss Declining Foreign Direct Investment

By Abdi Ali Published May 16, 2017 Representatives of governments and investment have met in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to explore ways and means of closing a US$900 Billion infrastructure gap in the face of decreasing foreign direct investment (FDI) flow across Africa. Government Ministers from across Africa have sat together with investors and the






The Govardhan Eco Village (GEV) of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) wins the UN Award for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism (Reuters pic.

UN Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism Call for Applications

By Abdi Ali Published May 5, 2017 United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), the specialised agency of the United Nations in charge of travel business, invites submissions to the 14th annual edition of its Awards for Innovation in Tourism. RELATED:Zimbabwean Endorsed for Top UN World Tourism Job UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in Tourism were created