The race for Regional Hub status in Eastern Africa

Anzetse Were

This article first appeared in my weekly column with the Business Daily on March 1, 2015

Kenyans take the country’s regional hub status for granted. Some argue this is warranted because Kenya has the largest GDP in the region, has been one of the most stable countries over the years, has notable diplomatic clout, houses several regional headquarters of multinational companies, is home to innovation and has better social and physical infrastructure than most of its neighbours.

But focus even at the regional level reveals that Kenya should wake up to the fact that there is a tussle for the crown of the title of ‘Regional Hub’.

Emerging analysis seems to indicate Tanzania strives to become a transportation and tourism hub, Rwanda is focused on becoming a business and trade logistics hub, Burundi is making strides in becoming the regional leader in food security and Ethiopia seems committed to…

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