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Report: The Internationalisation of East African SMEs


SMEs in East Africa have seen encouraging growth in recent years, especially in the areas of IT, with ecosystems such as the Silicon Savannah forecast to be worth more than $1bn in the next three years.

This development has been enabled by organisations such as Intracen (ITC), which is dedicated to supporting the internationalisation of small and medium-sized enterprises.

In a new report, the Connecting Africa series of leading pan-African telecommunications and technology events and the UN’s Intracen organisation have collaborated to document the internationalisation of East African SMEs.

From building a more conducive ecosystem for SMEs to thrive, becoming a key driver for tech innovation and women-owned businesses, to facilitating effective public-private partnerships – Connecting Africa explores how the UN’s Intracen (ITC) organisation is pioneering IT and IT-enabled services in East Africa.

East African SMEs featured:

  • SawaSawa: The custom software, design and development house
  • Hostalite: Providing domain registration, web design and e-commerce solutions in East Africa
  • Vantage: The Ugandan communications agency
  • Bunifu: The Kenyan information security solutions company

Access the full report here.

By downloading this report, readers will also receive a 20% discount to one Connecting Africa event of their choice.

Connecting Africa and ITC have also partnered for the 14th annual East Africa Com (17–19 May 2017, Nairobi). ITC is headlining the speed networking agenda at this year’s event, which serves as an opportunity for them to meet large companies, whilst also promoting inter-regional and international business networks for SMEs.