TradeMark (Trade and Markets) East Africa is an aid-for-trade organisation that was established in 2010, with the aim of growing prosperity in East Africa through increased trade. TMEA operates on a not-for-profit basis and is funded by the development agencies of the following countries: Belgium, C... read moreanada, Denmark, European Union, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom and United States of America.
TMEA works closely with regional intergovernmental organisations, including the African Union (AU), East Africa Community (EAC), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA), Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), national governments, the private sector and civil society organisations.
TMEA, with an annual expenditure of approx. US$80 million, is now a leading aid-for-trade facility in the world.
The first phase of TMEA (2010-2018) delivered exceptional results which contributed to substantial gains in East Africa’s trade and regional integration in terms of reduced cargo transit times, improved border efficiency, and reduced barriers to trade.
We are now in the second phase (2018-2024) where we will focus on:
Reducing barriers to trade; and
Improving business competitiveness.
We believe this will deliver large-scale impact in job creation, poverty reduction and enhanced economic welfare.
In a bid to mitigate the impacts of Covid-19 on trade for the good of the economy and their citizens, TMEA has created a US$23 million Safe Trade Emergency Facility (STEF) to support Eastern African governments to undertake critical measures along the transport and trade routes that will ensure trade continues safely while protecting livelihoods.
TMEA has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, with successful operations and offices in EAC-Arusha, Burundi (Bujumbura), Democratic Republic of Congo (Bukavu), Ethiopia (Addis-Ababa), Horn of Africa (Hargeisa), Malawi (Lilongwe), Rwanda (Kigali), South Sudan (Juba), Tanzania (Dar es Salaam) and Uganda (Kampala).