Côte d'Ivoire

OIC: Trade and market intelligence for ICDT
Contact
First name
Mathieu
Last name
Loridan
Email
loridan@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 project will strengthen ICDT services on trade intelligence to support the public and private sector from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to make better informed decisions and, in the long term, to contribute to an increase of trade between OIC Member States through the embedding of Market Analysis Tools, the development of an online Trade Helpdesk and the development of trade-related studies.</p>

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Project
Date
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External ID
C175
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Netherlands Trust Fund – Phase V – Agribusiness and Digital Technology
Contact
Title
Tech Sector Development Coordinator
First name
Martin Labbé
Email
labbe@intracen.org
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ITC partners with the Netherlands to support African business

ITC’s NTF V programme is designed to contribute to decent jobs and improved livelihoods in the agribusiness, agritech and digital technology sectors. To that end, we aim to:

  • Increase the competitiveness of thousands of MSMEs
  • Increase sales of supported companies to hit $90 million 
  • Support thousands of jobs and positively impact more than 200,000 people as a result 
  • Bring in-kind contributions to create an additional 50% of project value 

Our programme includes both sectors in Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal, and the digital technologies sector in a multi-country project in Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali and Uganda. In Ethiopia, Ghana and Senegal, ITC is working with smallholder agribusiness farmers focused on cocoa and coffee, associated crops, and horticulture.

See below for more project details.

Our NTF V programme is designed to contribute to decent jobs and improved livelihoods
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Smallholder farmer using phone for input requests – MobiPay services

In the digital technology sector, we are focusing on business-friendly tech ecosystems and tech hubs, offering tech start-ups and MSMEs resilient business models, linking them to national and international business and investment opportunities, and digitalizing traditional MSMEs.

We support IT and business process outsourcing (BPO) companies with export strategies, B2B matchmaking events and regional and international IT event exposure. We also help tech hubs to become more sustainable and aim to contribute to ICT and entrepreneurship-related policies to improve the tech ecosystem.

We are helping farmers and MSMEs become better able to withstand economic shocks and grow through responsible trade. Our approach is based on ITC’s Alliances for Action programme, which promotes partnerships for sustainable food systems, and leverages investments and technical support all along the farm-to-fork value chain.

 

We also are strengthening public-private alliances and support ecosystems, building capacity in areas such as market development, climate smart operations, value addition, quality, access to finance, digitalization and developing investment strategies.

 

In the specific framework of this project, Alliances for Action is focusing on digitalization as a way of increasing resilience and growth of the coffee, cocoa and cashew nut value chains in selected countries.

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Previous programmes

NTF IV, which ended in June 2021, was based on a partnership agreement between the Dutch Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI).

It aimed to enhance export competitiveness of selected sectors in selected countries through an integrated approach to sector competitiveness built around one outcome: generation of export revenues. The NTF IV county/sector combinations consisted of:

  • Myanmar: Consolidation of Kayah state tourism and extension to a new state
  • Uganda: Export development of IT and IT-enabled services
  • Mano River Union/Sierra Leone: Value chain development of cocoa and associated crops
  • Senegal: Export development of IT and IT-enabled Services

This Programme, which ended in June 2017, was funded by CBI and focussed on building export sector competitiveness in key growth sectors in the four beneficiary countries of Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar and Uganda.

It focused on the exports of services, such as the IT and IT-enabled Services sectors in Bangladesh, Kenya and Uganda as well as tourism in Myanmar, while addressing needs in traditional agricultural sectors in Kenya (avocado sector) and Uganda (coffee). Export bottlenecks across the entire value chain were addressed to enable companies, and with them the entire sector, to internationalise.

Sustainable Development Goals

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

The International Trade Centre’s Netherlands Trust Fund V (NTF V) is a four-year partnership (July 2021- June 2025) signed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands and the International Trade Centre to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the digital technologies and agribusiness sectors.
 

The programme includes both sectors in Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal, and the digital technologies sector in a multi-country project in Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali and Uganda. As with previous NTF programmes, NTF V will be jointly implemented with the Dutch Centre for the promotion of exports from developing countries (CBI). NTF V follows on the successful NTF IV and NTF III programmes, and will track its results through real-time customer relationship management and active risk management data systems.

Type
Programme
Projects
Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Uganda: Building Resilient Trade Competitiveness by Fast Tracking the Digital Technology Sector (NTF V)
Senegal: Building Resilient Trade Competitiveness by Fast Tracking the Digital Technology Sector (NTF V)
Senegal: Alliances for Value Addition in Cashew Nut (NTF V)
Ethiopia: Building Alliances for Action in Coffee from seed to cup (NTF V)
Ethiopia: Building Resilient Trade Competitiveness by Fast Tracking the Digital Technology Sector (NTF V)
Ghana: Building Alliances for Action in Cocoa from bean to bar (NTF V)
Ghana: Building Resilient Trade Competitiveness by Fast Tracking the Digital Technology Sector (NTF V)
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Alliance for Product Quality in Africa
Contact
First name
Simon
Last name
Heisig
Email
sheisig@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 German government initiative &nbsp;&quot;Alliance for Product Quality in Africa&quot;, is a multi-stakeholder initiative, consisting of public and private actors who implement selected projects with the goal to improve product quality in key economic sectors of eight African countries. ITC is contracted by GIZ to &nbsp;implement four project activities related to quality management and food safety in five countries (C&ocirc;te d&apos;Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda and Tunisia). The four project activities are being implemented to support selected African small and medium sized companies in the targeted focus sectors to meet quality requirements of buyers in Germany and Europe. The ITC contribution relates to the implementation and certification of quality management (ISO 9001) and food safety systems (HACCP), the assessment of persisting SPS and TBT related obstacles for export, the development of national quality and food safety experts as well as the sensitization and training of quality manager in SMEs. The sectors targeted are predominantly agro-food, natural cosmetics and textiles/clothing.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p>

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External ID
B928
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Poor Communities and Trade Programme
Contact
First name
Simone
Last name
Cipriani
Email
cipriani@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>Poor Communities and Trade Programme (PCTP), at the International Trade Centre (ITC), aims to reduce global poverty by strengthening the capacities of developing country micro-entrepreneurs, social enterprises and emerging designers for export trade, in order to connect them with international buyers, in the value chain of ethical fashion, through an inclusive business model.</p><p>PCTP provides technical expertise and business support to informal micro-enterprises and to emerging designers, through a business support infrastructure (based on hubs managed by social enterprises) that enables them to acquire capacities to set up and manage production and quality control systems, logistics and supply chain management, market identification and buyer negotiation skills. This market-based approach to poverty reduction provides micro-entrepreneurs form the informal sector (for the majority women) &nbsp;with the direct benefits of trade by creating jobs and facilitating business opportunities resulting in increased incomes, improved livelihoods and new linkages to the formal economy.</p><p>Within its social enterprises around the world, ITC&rsquo;s Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) in <u><strong>2019&nbsp;</strong>focus on the following deliverables<strong>:</strong></u></p><ul><li><strong><strong>Living wage assessments are carried out in 8 project countries</strong></strong></li><li><strong>African Fashion Fund in collaboration with the Ethical Fashion Initiative&nbsp;</strong></li><li><strong><strong>New business model, based on online trade is developed and launched</strong></strong></li><li><strong>Events in coordination with the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion are organised</strong></li><li><strong>Generating awareness on the impacts of climate change and conflicts affecting livelihoods of people in selected project countrie</strong></li></ul><p><strong><u>In 2020</u></strong> the Initiative will focus on the following deliverables:</p><p><span style="font-weight: 700;"><strong>Output 3.1: Accelerator launched with six African designers 4 of which are from countries not involved in the existing project frameworks of the EFI (expansion of EFI&rsquo;s network and creation of new opportunities for intra-African trade).&nbsp;</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-weight: 700;">Output 3.2: <strong>Eritrea project framework tested through preliminary activities, designed and submitted&nbsp;</strong></span></p><p>In 2021</p>

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External ID
B649
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Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Uganda: Building Resilient Trade Competitiveness by Fast Tracking the Digital Technology Sector (NTF V)
Contact
First name
Martin
Last name
Labbe
Email
labbe@intracen.org
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ITC partners with the Netherlands to support African business

Benin

The country’s tech city and economic capital is Cotonou. Benin has a young population of 11.5 M people of which 45.6% is below 14 years and 20.4% is aged between 15 and 24 years. The Beninese economy grew steadily over the last years with its GDP increasing from 11.4 B USD in 2015 to 15.7 B USD in 2020 and its classification upgrading from Least Developed Country (LDC) to Low Middle Income Economy in 2019. In 2020, agriculture accounted for 27.11% of the country’s GDP while services accounted for 47.9%. The Beninese business environment progressed in the formal sector but remains fragile as the country ranked 149 out of 190 the World Bank’s Doing Business report.

Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire is a lower middle-income economy. Its capital is Yamoussoukro and its tech city and economic capital is Abidjan. Côte d’Ivoire has a population of 26.1 M people of which 60% is aged below 24 years and of which 34% is aged between 25 and 54 years. The Ivorian economy has been growing steadily since 2012. In 2018, GDP rose more than 7% for the seventh straight year reaching 61.3 B USD in 2020 making it the highest in Francophone West Africa. In 2019, agriculture accounted for 20.7% of the country’s GDP while services accounted for 43.11 %.

Mali

Mali is a landlocked ECOWAS country with an estimated population of 21M, of which 48% are below 14 years and 19% between 15 and 24 years old. Mali’s capital Bamako is the biggest city and the country’s economic epicentre. In 2020, agriculture accounted for 36.1% of the country’s GDP while services accounted for 34.41%. The country is a low-income country that ranked 182 out of 188 countries in the World Bank Human Capital Index 2018. Its political situation saw instability and conflict since 2012 with a military coup and the occupation of the north by armed groups. 

Uganda

Uganda is part of the East African Community (EAC) with a population of 47 M, of which 48% are aged below 14 years and 21% between 15 and 24 years old. The country was going through a slowdown of its economic growth over the last decade before the COVID19 crisis hit, which unfortunately worsened the situation with a GDP growing at only 2.9% in 2020, i.e. less than half the 6.8% recorded in 2019. However, the country benefits from a growing young population, an improving ICT infrastructure and an expanding service economy. In 2020, the services sector accounted for 43.1% of the country’s GDP (with the IT and ITES sector accounting for 2.5%[30] of GDP) while agriculture accounted for 24.03%. Based on the Doing Business Report, Uganda is ranked 116 out of 190 and scored 60 out of 100 in 2020.

NTF V Launch in Uganda

Objectives of the project

The NTF V FastTrackTech Project in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Uganda aims at strengthening tech startups, with a focus on agritech and MSMEs, and it seeks to influence policy makers and regulators, Trade and Investment Support Institutions and private business support providers, as well as international private sector market partners in creating a supportive environment for enterprises in IT and IT Enabled Services sector. The ambition is to contribute to rebuilding back better with a focus on MSMEs in the digital technologies sector.

Our trade-related technical support is three-fold:

At the policy level: we provide assistance in the development or improvement of public policies and sectoral regulations, with private-sector representatives

At the institutional level: we work with digital business associations and tech hubs to increase their sustainability and impact

At the start-up and MSME level: we develop market access and build international competitiveness.

We started off in 2016 with just three people: now we are 58. We operated in one region and have scaled to 3 more. Our tech team, which was just one person is now six people. NTF IV helped us build our capacity to run the business and manage the teams
We started off in 2016 with just three people: now we are 58. We operated in one region and have scaled to 3 more. Our tech team, which was just one person is now six people. NTF IV helped us build our capacity to run the business and manage the teams
Jean Anthony Onyait
Akellobanker, Uganda

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Subscribe here to receive the quarterly NTF V FastTrackTech Newsletter and read about our activities and events in the tech and agribusiness sectors in Africa.

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<p><span lang="EN-GB">ITC and CBI have been cooperating for decades. This cooperation led to a series of sector development programmes under the Netherlands Trust Fund (NTF) since 2005. The current project is part of the NTF V programme funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands and implemented in close coordination with the Dutch Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI).</span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB">The NTF V programme was approved in July 2021 and will run until June 2025. Its ambition is to contribute to building back better in the partner countries with a focus on creating a link between MSMEs in the digital technologies with a focus on agritech. To this end, agritech start-ups will be supported to improve their understanding of agribusinesses&rsquo; needs, to gain more agribusinesses partners, and, in some instances, to help digitalize agribusinesses.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB">Project activities will foster business-friendly tech ecosystems, strengthen business support organizations such as tech hubs and equip tech start-ups with resilient business models, linking them to business, partnership and investment opportunities while contributing to the digitalization of traditional SMEs in other sectors.</span></p><p><span lang="EN-GB">Benin, C&ocirc;te d&rsquo;Ivoire, Mali and Uganda are part of the targeted countries for NTF V. NTF V Multi-country Tech will build on the work initiated under NTF IV&rsquo;s spin-off #FastTrackTech Africa and NTF IV Uganda. The project aims at contributing to the creation of sustainable jobs in the digital technologies sector and the modernisation of agribusiness through digital technologies.&nbsp;</span></p>

Type
Project
Projects
Senegal: Alliances for Value Addition in Cashew Nut (NTF V)
Senegal: Building Resilient Trade Competitiveness by Fast Tracking the Digital Technology Sector (NTF V)
Ghana: Building Resilient Trade Competitiveness by Fast Tracking the Digital Technology Sector (NTF V)
Ghana: Building Alliances for Action in Cocoa from bean to bar (NTF V)
Ethiopia: Building Resilient Trade Competitiveness by Fast Tracking the Digital Technology Sector (NTF V)
Ethiopia: Building Alliances for Action in Coffee from seed to cup (NTF V)
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External ID
C154
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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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External ID
C130
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UEMOA: Projet de développement des exportations sous AGOA
Contact
First name
Thomas
Last name
Bechmann
Email
bechmann@intracen.org
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<p>Pour le kit didactique, l&apos;ITC s&apos;appuiera sur un consultant sp&eacute;cialiste de la chaine de valeur de la tomate au s&eacute;n&eacute;gal qui d&eacute;veloppera avec les experts ITC le contenu du kit sur la base de consultations men&eacute;es avec les differents acteurs. La vid&eacute;o et le livret sera ensuite r&eacute;alis&eacute; par une entreprise de r&eacute;alisation de film.</p><p>Le guide de p&eacute;n&eacute;tration sera d&eacute;velopp&eacute; avec l&apos;appui de consultants nationaux charg&eacute;s d&apos;identifier les proc&eacute;dures et les r&eacute;gles pour exporter vers le march&eacute; am&eacute;ricain sous le r&acute;&euro;gime am&eacute;ricain. Un consultant am&eacute;ricain sera recrut&eacute; en parall&egrave;le pour identifier les circuits de distribution des produits s&eacute;lectionn&eacute;s.</p>

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Date
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External ID
B414
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Trade Intelligence: UK Trade Partnerships Programme
Contact
First name
Mathieu
Last name
Loridan
Email
loridan@intracen.org

Sustainable Development Goals

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

<p><span data-contrast="none">ITC&rsquo;s trade and market intelligence interventions in the 24 UK Trade Partnerships Programme countries will consist of several interrelated components</span><span data-contrast="none">&nbsp;</span><span data-contrast="none">to foster transparency and &nbsp;enhanced access</span><span data-contrast="none">&nbsp;to information on trade opportunities and market access requirements <span data-contrast="none">for small and medium</span><span data-contrast="none">-</span><span data-contrast="none">sized e</span><span data-contrast="none">nterprises</span></span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">. This will be done</span><span data-contrast="none">&nbsp;through</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">&nbsp;data</span><span data-contrast="none"> sharing, capacity building, and</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">&nbsp;the</span><span data-contrast="none"> setting up of&nbsp;</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US">trade&nbsp;</span><span data-contrast="none">obstacle alert mechanisms.</span></p>

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External ID
B906
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