Business in the Great Lakes (Africa)

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The African Region of the Great Lakes (East Africa and Africa central) is made up of the following African countries:

  1. Burundi
  2. Kenya
  3. Uganda
  4. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  5. Rwanda
  6. Tanzania

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  1. Masters: Business in Africa, Transport in Africa, Global Business, International Marketing, Export Back Office
  2. Doctorates: African Business, Foreign Trade, International Logistics

Students, Great Lakes region (Master, Doctorate)

The African Great Lakes are located in the East African Rift Valley. The main lakes are:

  1. Lake Victoria (68,100 square kilometres, 82 meters of maximum depth) is the third largest freshwater lake in the world by surface
  2. Lake Tanganyika (32,900 square kilometres) is the second largest freshwater lake in the world by volume
  3. Other lakes include Lake Malawi, Lake Turkana, Lake Rukwa, Lake Albert, Lake Moero, Lake Kivu, Lake Edward and Lake Kyoga.
  4. Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika represent 25% of the world surface of freshwater without freezing
  5. 10% of the world's fish species
  6. The population of the African Great Lakes region: 107 million inhabitants
  7. Main economic activities: agriculture and fishing (tilapia, perch of the Nile)
  8. Kenya is the most industrialised country in the Great Lakes region

The lakes drain into three major African rivers:

  1. Lake Victoria, Lake Albert and Lake Edward flow into the White Nile
  2. Lake Tanganyika and Lake Kivu flow into the Congo River
  3. Lake Malawi empties into the Zambezi River through the Shire River
  4. Lake Turkana is endorheic
    1. In 1984, Turkana child was discovered, an almost complete skeleton of a child Homo erectus

Swahili (Bantu) is the lingua franca of the African Great Lakes region

African regional economic communities

  1. Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC)
  2. Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  3. East African Community (EAC)
  4. COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Agreement
  5. Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA)
  6. Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
  7. Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC)
  8. Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Economic integration organisations in the Great Lakes region

Economic Community of the Great Lakes Region (CEPGL)

  1. The objectives of the Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries are to achieve regional economic development and peace promotion.
  2. The member countries are Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda

International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (CIRGL)

  1. The objectives of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region are to achieve regional economic development and peace promotion.
  2. The headquarters of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region are in Bujumbura (Burundi).
  3. The member countries are Angola, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.
  4. The invited member countries are Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe

Economic Community of the Great Lakes Region (Doctorate)

Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)

  1. The objective of the Nile Basin Initiative (IBN) is to promote regional economic integration
  2. The member countries are Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda
  3. Observer country: Eritrea

Nile Basin Initiative (Master Africa)





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The largest cities of the Great Lakes region

  1. Burundi: Bujumbura
  2. Kenya: Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Eldoret
  3. Uganda: Kampala, Mbarara, Gulu
  4. Democratic Republic of the Congo: Kinshasa, Lubumbashi, Mbuji-Mayi, Kananga, Kisangani, Bukavu, Goma
  5. Rwanda: Kigali, Butare, Gisenyi
  6. Tanzania: Dodoma, Dar es Salaam, Mwanza, Arusha

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