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EU-EAC Market Access Upgrade Programme
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Kenya Office
UN Gigiri Complex, Block N, Ground Floor
P.O. Box 41609 – 00100
Nairobi, Kenya

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There is great variety among the economies of the East African Community (EAC) from post-conflict states to rapidly modernising markets. Some Partner States are small and land-locked, while others have sea access and significantly larger economies. A few have vast natural resources, while their neighbours use geographic advantages to develop into transport hubs. There are, however, also common denominators.

For all Partner States, the European Union (EU) is the main export market and exports focus largely on agricultural products such as tea, coffee, cotton, horticultural crops and pulses. The agricultural sector constitutes an important part of the countries’ GDP (upwards of 30%) and employment (60-90%). It offers the largest opportunity for poverty alleviation and trade within and outside the region.

The ultimate goal is to contribute to the economic development of the EAC region. The specific objective is to improve market access to the EU and the East African region itself. The aim is to position the EAC region on the global stage as a competitive, sustainable and dynamic export-led region and as a single source of exports.

This four-year programme is EU-funded from the Regional Indicative Programme for EAC under the 11th European Development Fund with co-funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). MARKUP is jointly designed by the European Union, the EAC Secretariat and the governments of all five countries, the initiative will be implemented by the, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), International Trade Centre (ITC)
the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and other national partners.

This four-year programme is EU-funded from the Regional Indicative Programme for EAC under the 11th European Development Fund with co-funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). MARKUP is jointly designed by the European Union, the EAC Secretariat and the governments of all five countries, the initiative will be implemented by the, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), International Trade Centre (ITC)
the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and other national partners.