In partnership with Trade Mark East Africa, EASSI has been implementing a project entitled, “Consolidating the gains of Women Cross Border Traders in the EAC Economic Integration process”. It is also known as the Gender and Trade Project. This project recognizes that trade policy reform in the EAC region needs to be inclusive of women doing business across the region. Under this project, EASSI works with women cross border traders at selected East African border points to identify opportunities that are provided for in various EAC trade instruments such as the Customs Union and Common Market protocols and enable women benefit just like their male counterparts in the integration process, and to contribute to an enabling gender responsive trade environment. Th project is implemented closely with;
3000 women cross border traders have increased income by June, 2018)
We work at different border points in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania.They include;
To ensure women traders have unlimited access to trade information and have a place to call their own, EASSI established information and resource centers at different border points. The information and resource centers act as a point of linkage between the women traders, border officials and other stakeholders seeking to engage with women traders.
The different women cross border trade associations below were formed by EASSI with the kind support of Trade Mark East Africa.
The charter for cross border trade stipulates the Basics rights and obligations for traders and officials at the border. The charter which was launched by the World Bank has since been adopted by some EAC partner states and is being piloted at the Kagitumba Mirama Hills border by EASSI with support from Trade Mark. Go to IECs page
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