Boosting UK-East Africa Trade

"Since the mid-1970s, rapid growth in exports has contributed to a wider process of economic growth which has lifted more than 400 million people out of poverty. In countries such as Vietnam and Uganda, production for export markets has helped to generate unprecedented declines in levels of rural poverty." - Oxfam, Make Trade Fair, 2002

IFT is working with the Eastern Africa Policy Centre, based in Nairobi, Kenya, and Ecobank UK to produce original research on the UK-East Africa trade relationship.

The paper analyses current trade and investment ties between the UK and the East African Community (EAC) countries, and explores the opportunities for improving this relationship.

The paper contains case studies of the two EAC products that account for the largest volume of goods trade with the UK - tea and cut flowers - in order to analyse how current trade flows must be maintained after Brexit, and where there might be opportunities to improve trade flows and expand to new products.

There will also be a case study in UK fintech investment in East Africa, which could serve as a model for future investment.

For publication end of March 2018.