USAID East Africa, through its Competitiveness and Trade Expansion (USAID COMPETE) program takes an integrated approach to advance trade and economic growth and ensure food security in the region. The program builds the capacity of African firms to compete in the global marketplace and takes advantage of preferential trade opportunities under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and other international trade agreements. Central to the USAID COMPETE program is an African private sector-led reform agenda. USAID COMPETE works through regional trade associations and lead firms to build the private sector’s capacity to advocate for an improved policy and trade environment. USAID COMPETE works with regional economic communities such as the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the East African Community (EAC) to build public sector capacity to advance regional integration through harmonized policies, procedures and standards and technological improvements to support evidence based policy decision making. Regional integration is key to fostering development of regional markets and increasing the competitiveness of African products globally.
COMPETE works to:
- Reduce Barriers to Trade
- Develop Supply/Value Chains
- Increase Trade between the U.S. and East and Central Africa (East and Central Africa Trade Hub)