With an annual expenditure of around US$100 million, TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) is one of the leading aid-for-trade facilities in the world. TMEA has its headquarters in Nairobi, with vibrant and successful operations in EAC – Arusha, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
I love my job and feel privileged to be able to serve such an outstanding organisation. The best thing about it is the variety working across the whole of East Africa, no two days are ever the same. TMEA is successful because of committed investors and partners, its clear vision of what it wants to achieve, and because of its people – hardworking, driven and committed to improving people’s lives in East Africa.
The East African Community means market increase; a big political forum for negotiation and lobbying; easy movement of goods and services; and a bigger force to reckon with in the region and beyond. TMEA’s interventions are aligned with EAC member states’ priorities to facilitate the achievement of development goals. The working environment is good and I love that I have a great degree of control and freedom within my job.
When I think about the EAC, two words come to mind: diversity and unity –diverse people linked through trade, creating unity. I love collaborating to improve the internal control environment and activities, enhancing the probability that beneficiaries derive the most value from TMEA’s interventions. I believe TMEA is a success because of the passion that the TMEA family has for making a meaningful impact on regional trade.
TMEA is a success story because it is at the forefront of ensuring that the EAC integration process succeeds through facilitating trade, removing trade barriers, connecting borders and simplifying trade processes and procedures in the EAC region. TMEA also plays a key role in ensuring that women become central to the integration process. Engaging with team members spread across the region has enabled me to understand various cultures and working ways.