ABOUT SEAMPEC

SEAMPEC aims at improving the framework conditions for increasing added value in selected regional economic sectors of the EAC. To achieve this, the programme is working in four main areas indicated below. Click on them to find out more.

For additional information, you can also take a look into the SEAMPEC fact sheet.

SEAMPEC assists in implementing regional agreements in selected sectors of the economy: pharmaceuticals, leather production, avocados, cocoa, coffee, spices, tea and horticultural products. By doing so it improves the framework conditions for increasing industrial value creation.

As part of SEAMPEC, the RIVA project implemented by the GFA Consulting Group supports the EAC Secretariat and EAC Partner States in promoting “Regional Industrial Value Addition” (RIVA) in the pharmaceutical and agro-processing sectors. RIVA aims to create enabling framework conditions and opportunities for agro-processing in the value chains for fruits & vegetables and leather, and for the manufacturing of high quality and safe medicines in the region. The project seeks to strengthen EAC’s capacity to support implementation of regional strategies and action plans; support implementation of regionally harmonised product standards and customs procedures; and support the private sector in regional value addition and trade. Instruments and processes of RIVA include technical support and guidance to strengthen institutional capacities of key actors; facilitating and strengthening multi-sectoral stakeholder platforms; supporting policy dialogue by building private sector capacities; facilitating consultative meetings at national and regional levels; using M&E tools to monitor the progress achieved and cooperating with related programmes within German Development Cooperation and beyond to create positive synergies and maximise the project’s impact.

SEAMPEC also includes an EU co-financing contribution for the EU-EAC Market Access Upgrade Programme (MARKUP). MARKUP is a regional development initiative that provides support to SMEs in the EAC. It aims to increase exports of agribusiness and horticultural products and promote regional integration and access to the European market. You can find more information on the MARKUP website.

SEAMPEC is improving the conditions for EAC Partner States to implement commitments to liberalise trade in services. It is supporting relevant stakeholders in seven service sectors in removing identified barriers by developing joint sector-specific recommendations for the removal of restrictions. Within the EAC, the SEAMPEC is promoting strategic processes that encourage commitment to make services more liberal in the Partner States. Furthermore, SEAMPEC creates awareness and promotes cross-border trade in services opportunities. The programme also helps the EAC to develop its own position on trade in services in the negotiations for an African Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Through the Incubator for Integration and Development in East Africa (IIDEA) SEAMPEC is supporting small-scale projects that strengthen regional integration and present their benefits to the population in a clear and practical manner. Emphasis is placed on benefits for women and young people. In this way, the programme is supporting non-state stakeholders in implementing measures to enable people to participate in regional economic integration. New credit facilities are fostering private sector initiatives to promote trade. Learn more about projects supported by IIDEA and how to apply yourself on the IIDEA website.

Additionally, SEAMPEC provides technical and financial support to initiatives by the private sector in the EAC that promote intra-regional trade and value addition through the Intra-Regional Trade Facility (IRTF). Initiatives under IRTF foster exchange, networking and joint regional interest representation of East African industries for improved market access and the growth of intra-regional trade. IRTF also promotes private sector advocacy towards regional and national authorities in the EAC addressing challenges in intra-regional trade and developing solutions. Thereby IRTF provides a complimentary support structure for intra-regional trade facilitation to IIDEA.

SEAMPEC is developing skills at the EAC Secretariat in order to implement the 5th Development Strategy in the areas of increasing added value, industrial development, innovation and investment. Involving the EAC in regional initiatives and in educational opportunities in digital transformation is particularly important. The EAC is further supported on communicating the benefits of the integration process to the people of the EAC and other relevant stakeholders. It is important that people in the region know about the benefits and impacts of the EAC's work for their daily lifes. This way, they are better prepared to be a part of the integration process themselves and benefit from it even more.