Sri Lanka

Southeast Asia: SME Sustainability Standards Navigation Toolkit
Contact
First name
Gregory
Last name
Sampson
Email
sampson@intracen.org
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Implementing partners

Sustainable Development Goals

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

<p><span lang="EN-GB">The surge in demand for sustainable products and the global shift toward sustainable trade and finance have resulted in a proliferation of complex sustainability standards and regulations. These standards, some voluntary and others mandatory, pose challenges for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in understanding and adhering to them. This difficulty affects SMEs&apos; competitiveness and diminishes their impact on productivity, employment, and growth. Failure to comply with these standards jeopardizes market access for SMEs and their supply chains. To address this, the Asian Development Bank&rsquo;s Trade &amp; Supply Chain Finance Program</span><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;(TSCFP)</span><span lang="EN-GB">, in collaboration with the International Trade Centre, aims to augment the existing self-assessment module of the ITC Standards Map by leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to create an SME Standards Navigation Toolkit. This solution supports SMEs by raising awareness of sustainability standards and evaluating their readiness for certification. It offers an online self-assessment to guide them towards certification, providing tailored recommendations for sustainable practices and compliance with relevant standards, ensuring alignment with their business goals. The toolkit will help SMEs&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-US">in ADB developing member countries (DCMs)&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-GB">increase their awareness of sustainability and regulatory standards, with an initial focus on social and labour sustainability in the textile and apparel sector. As this initiative progresses from its pilot phase, there is a clear pathway for scaling up. Options for expansion include transitioning from a pilot to a fully funded project by ADB.</span></p>

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External ID
C386
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Sri Lanka: Promotion of conducive trade facilitation environment
Contact
First name
Raghad
Last name
Al Tali
Email
altalli@intracen.org
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Implementing partners

Sustainable Development Goals

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

<p>As a means to tackle the worst economic crisis it has seen since its independence in 1948, Sri Lanka aims to expedite the pace of reforms to support economic recovery and growth through a conducive trade facilitation environment. Thus, the Government of Sri Lanka has recognized the need to reprioritize the implementation of the remaining TFA measures to fulfil its obligations to the WTO, meet agency requirements, and address the needs of the private sector.</p><p>Funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the project assists the Government of Sri Lanka in reprioritizing, coordinating, and facilitating the implementation of the WTO TFA commitments as well as providing the necessary support to strengthen the NTFC.</p>

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External ID
C342
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Global: Textile and Clothing programme Phase II
Contact
First name
Matthias
Last name
Knappe
Email
knappe@intracen.org
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<p>The project focuses on enhancing the textiles and clothing sector in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, and Sri Lanka to meet evolving market demands and adhere to forthcoming EU regulations. This initiative aims to promote greener practices, sustainability, circularity, and digitalization within the T&amp;C industry. By doing so, it ensures the retention of jobs and the creation of higher value-added positions while supporting economic growth and poverty reduction in these countries. The project operates on two key outcomes: enhancing T&amp;C enterprise competitiveness through sustainable trade and fostering a more effective ecosystem capable of driving systemic change, sustainability, and circularity in the sector. This transformation is vital for manufacturers to maintain access to crucial markets like the EU, US, and Japan, as they increasingly demand responsible and high-quality products. Additionally, the program encourages regional and global cooperation, knowledge sharing, and structural changes within the T&amp;C industry.</p>

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Project
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External ID
C297
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Trade Centre of Expertise: UK Trade Partnerships Programme
Contact
First name
Jarmila
Last name
Sarda Souckova
Email
jsarda@intracen.org
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<p>The United Kingdom Trade Partnerships (UKTP) Programme aims to increase trade from developing countries to the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU) by maximizing the benefits of UK and EU Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) and the UK&apos;s Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS). The UKTP Programme works in partnership with government agencies, private sector organisations, public sector institutions, small and medium-sized enterprises and other local stakeholders.&nbsp;</p><p>The UKTP Programme is funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth &amp; Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland under the UK&apos;s Trade Centre of Expertise. EPA and DCTS countries participating in the UKTP Programme will have access to high quality trade-related technical assistance through sector initiatives. Target beneficiaries will be export-ready SMEs that are committed to securing new trade opportunities with the UK. This project will aim to promote exports through facilitating access to markets, providing advisory services to SMEs to improve their products and business operations, and strengthening business support organizations.&nbsp;</p><p>This project builds upon the lessons learnt and achievements of the UKTP programme since 2019. Previous engagement with SMEs in multiple EPA countries has shown the benefit of selecting export-ready companies with compelling products for UK customers and consumers to participate and of preparing them specifically with UK market entry services to succeed in the UK market.&nbsp;</p><p>This project complements and works in synergy with UKTP in the Pacific. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p>

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Project
Date
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External ID
C293
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Conducive policy and regulatory environment: Trade negotiations and policy reform
Contact
First name
Jean-Sebastien
Last name
Roure
Email
roure@intracen.org

Sustainable Development Goals

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

<p>The ITC&rsquo;s Supporting Trade Negotiations and Policy Reform Programme seeks to strengthen the capacity of public and private sector stakeholders to contribute to trade negotiations and policy/regulatory formulation on emerging matters relating to facilitating investment, green trade, e-commerce/digitalization, inclusive trade, sustainable and resilient value chains, industrialization plans, strengthened multilateral and regional integration, and other trade and investment policy issues identified as relevant for a conducive business environment.</p><p>Through this project, ITC will, in relation to the topics mentioned above, seek to (a) generate awareness/understanding of stakeholders through information-sharing/awareness-raising engagements; (b) capacitate stakeholders to engage in informed and inclusive trade and investment policy and regulatory reforms; and (c) support domestic trade and investment policy reforms through technical studies/analyses and related advisory support to facilitate implementation of reforms, including undertaking legislative/regulatory reforms.</p><p>In designing and implementing such support, ITC builds upon the multilateral and regional/bilateral trading frameworks in place to ensure there is a coherent and coordinated approach to domestic trade and investment policy reforms and that measures implemented are aligned with trade commitments undertaken and/or international best practices in this regard.</p><p>The activities implemented under this project will be based on requests received from countries/institutions.<!--[if !supportAnnotations]--><a href="#_msocom_1" language="JavaScript" name="_msoanchor_1"></a><a href="#_msocom_2" language="JavaScript" name="_msoanchor_2"></a><!--[endif]--></p><!--[if !supportAnnotations]--><!--[endif]--><!--[if !supportAnnotations]--><!--[endif]--><!--[if !supportAnnotations]--><!--[endif]--><a href="#_msoanchor_1"></a>

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Project
Date
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External ID
C128
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Feasibility study for value addition in the fruit and vegetable sector of Sri Lanka
Contact
First name
Ludovica
Last name
Ghizzoni
Email
ghizzoni@intracen.org
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Recipients

Sustainable Development Goals

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

<p><span lang="EN">The project preparation grant, funded by the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF), aims to prepare a feasibility study to evaluate the technical, economic and operational feasibility of value addition of five export crops (pineapple, papaya, banana, mango and passion fruit) in Sri Lanka and develop a five year strategic plan and a short-term operations plan for the Lanka Fruit and Vegetable Producers, Processors and Exporters Association (LFVPPEA). Implemented by ITC in close collaboration at national level with LFVPPEA, the one-year project (September 2017 &ndash; 2018) will build close synergies with the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Primary Industries and Ministries of Development Strategies and International Trade, Sri Lanka Export Development Board, in the domain of food safety and trade, as well as private sector associations (Ceylon Chambers of Commerce, Industrial Technology Institute and other relevant organizations).</span><span lang="EN">&nbsp;LFVPPEA and its members are the main beneficiaries of the project along with additional farmers and processors. International buyers and partners are identified to give market opportunities and development of the value chains.</span></p>

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Programme
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External ID
B531
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AIM for Results: Improving TISI performance and measurement (Phase I)
Contact
First name
Martin
Last name
Labbe
Email
labbe@intracen.org
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Sustainable Development Goals

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

<p>AIM for Results is an intervention approach that strengthens the performance, efficiency and effectiveness of TISIs and builds their capacity to provide more effective support to the internationalisation needs of their clients, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).</p><p>AIM stands for Assess, Improve and Measure. It is a holistic and targeted integrated three-step-approach focusing on measurable results in order to improve the managerial, operational and service delivery performance of TSIs. The three pillars of AIM are offered either as a single module or as a complete performance improvement programme, depending on the needs of the beneficiary institutions.</p><p>&nbsp;In 2017, the project aims to improve the operational and managerial performance of 40 TISIs applying ITC&rsquo;s AIM For Results methodology.</p>

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Project
Date
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External ID
A776
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Supportive business ecosystem: Institutions and Ecosystems for Business Support
Contact
First name
Saskia
Last name
Marx
Email
marx@intracen.org
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Sustainable Development Goals

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

<p><a name="_Hlk155357558"><span style="color: rgb(97, 189, 109);">Business support organizations (BSOs) are critical actors in an ecosystem of business support, categorized by the formal and informal connections among service providers that recognises and takes advantage of shared objectives and complementary strengths.</span></a></p><p><span style="color: rgb(97, 189, 109);">ITC has developed a unique centre of excellence in the establishment, improvement and connectedness of business support organizations. This work with BSOs is embedded as a core service area for ITCs strategy and recognises the role that BSOs play in delivering results to all stakeholders through their ability to create scale, systemic change and sustained results</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(97, 189, 109);">In this strategic cycle (22-25), ITC will continue to serve a broad range of BSOs including those active in ITC&rsquo;s priority impact areas of youth entrepreneurship, green trade, digitalisation and gender, with managerial and operational solutions, but also invest more in ecosystem level interventions, and make use of digital channels for efficiency, scale and value.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(97, 189, 109);">This docu<span>ment sets out a 4-year perspective (2022-20225) and 4 strategic objectives for supportive business ecosystems with, specific outputs and activities describing the year-on-year contribution of W1 funding to the strategic core service area 2.</span></span></p>

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Project
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External ID
C130
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Global: Enhanced transparency and simplified trade formalities for business competitiveness
Contact
First name
Pierre
Last name
Bonthonneau
Email
bonthonneau@intracen.org
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Sustainable Development Goals

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

<p>The objective of this project is to enhance the functionalities and effective use of Trade Facilitation Portals by beneficiary countries with a view to create a more conducing cross-border environment for traders through improved transparency and simplified trade formalities.<span>&nbsp;This project builds upon ITC - UNCTAD longstanding partnership in the area of trade facilitation and creates opportunities for further build synergies across the agencies&apos; respective technical assistance offering.</span></p>

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Project
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External ID
C112
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Sri Lanka: Trade Facilitation for SMEs
Contact
First name
Raghad
Last name
Al Tali
Email
altalli@intracen.org
Recipients
Implementing partners

Sustainable Development Goals

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals, as defined by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

<p style="text-align: justify;">Funded by GIZ, the project aims at enhancing the internaional trade competitiveness of Sri Lankan SMEs, especially those located in secondary growth centres, by automating the formalities related to the issuance of Certificates of Origin (CoO), automating selected trade procedures, establishing online payment solutions, simplifying export procedures as well as improving transparency requirements and access to trade-related information through increased user-friendlienss and accessibility of the Sri Lanka Trade Information Portal (SLTIP). It also aims at strengthening private sector&apos;s participation in trade facilitation reforms by developing an NTFC monitoring tool. The project will partner with policymakers, trade-support institutions and businesses in Sri Lanka to increase rural SMEs&apos; participation in international trade, thereby <span lang="EN-US">contributing to sustainable and inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction in the Sri Lanka.</span></p>

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Project
Date
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External ID
B986
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