Trading with East Africa? Join our focus group and learn about new digital trade mechanisms

Fri 28 Jan 2022
Posted by: Noelle McElhatton
IOE News

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In a year of landmark trade announcements, the unveiling of the Trade Logistics Information Pipeline (TLIP) initiative between the UK and Kenya in July 2021 stood out as a progressive move towards more seamless digital management of trade information across borders.

TLIP involves implementing a ‘digital trade corridor’ between the UK and Kenya – the first such corridor established between the UK and a developing country.

It aims to eliminate paperwork and introduce better visibility in supply chains flowing between UK and Kenya, with potential savings for UK exporters estimated at £36m and for Kenyan exporters, up to £40m.

Now the partners involved in this agreement – the Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT) and TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) – are taking this development one step further.

Focus groups

To understand more about the challenges and opportunities of digital solutions such as TLIP in facilitating trade between the UK, Kenya (as part of the UK-Kenya Economic Partnership Agreement) and East Africa as a whole, the IOE&IT and TMEA are organising online focus groups.

The first is on Wednesday 2 February and you are invited to attend.

Date:  2 February 2022

Time: 11:00am to 12:30pm

Topics for discussion:

  • trade between the UK, Kenya and East Africa: opportunities, challenges and constraints
  • implementation of digital solutions and other trade facilitation instruments aiming to streamline trade between the regions

Please confirm your attendance or interest in the subject matter by emailing or

If confirming attendance, we will send you the link for the virtual meeting with additional details. 

Contributions to the focus group will be treated with confidentiality and the information gathered will be used only for the purposes of the TLIP project.

What is TLIP?

Launched in July 2021 by the IOE&IT and TMEA, TLIP is a suite of solutions based on digital integration to support and facilitate the sourcing, buying, moving and clearing of goods traded between the UK and Kenya, as part of implementing the UK-Kenya Economic Partnership Agreement. 

You can read more about TLIP here.

Want to take part in the 2 February focus group?

Just email or to register interest, as soon as possible.