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ECOWAS: Strengthening agri-food trade in the region through institutional coordination and business support
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26 March 2024

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<p>The ECOWAS Agricultural Trade (EAT) programme, funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), &quot;One World &ndash; No Hunger&quot; special initiative, is a crucial component of the German-ECOWAS cooperation and implemented by The Deutsche Gesellschaft f&uuml;r Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) and The International Trade Centre (ITC). This initiative is designed to tackle regional policy coordination, economic integration and food security, focusing on enhancing intra-ECOWAS agro-food-trade.</p><p><br></p>

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ITC @ Africa Industrialization Week

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Niamey

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<p>The African Union is hosting the ´African Union Summit on Industrialization and Economic Diversification' from 20-25 November in Niamey, Niger, as part of the Africa Industrialization Week (AIW). The International Trade Centre is a strong partner in the Week´s proceedings, with ITC Executive Director Pamela Coke-Hamilton highlighting ITC's long-standing and continued support for Africa´s industrialization and trade development.&nbsp;</p><p>Here are highlights of the International Trade Centre's participation in the Africa Industrialization Week.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Sunday, 20 November - Africa Industrialization Day</strong><br>Opening of the Africa Industrialization Week</p><p><strong>Monday, 21 November</strong><br>Opening of the Women Transformers Summit</p><p><strong>Tuesday, 22 November</strong><br>Joint high-level session with the African Union Commission and the European Union on ‘Developing and Strengthening key regional value chains at continental scale in Africa’ - Launch of the joint publication Made by Africa (Day 1)</p><p>Register here:&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fzoom… session with the African Union Commission on ‘Enhancing Industrialisation and Regional Trade in Africa Through a Powerful Policy Tool: The African Trade Observatory’</p><p><strong>Wednesday, 23 November</strong></p><p>Joint high-level session with the African Union Commission and the European Union on ‘Developing and Strengthening key regional value chains at continental scale in Africa’ - Launch of the joint publication Made by Africa (Day 2)<br>Register here:&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpde2rpzsqE9aC6bgN94WJkgxgkvPQi5Is">…, 24 November</strong>&nbsp;<br>Opening of a joint breakfast meeting with the African Union Commission on Enterprise Africa Network</p><p>Opening of an Awareness Raising and Information Raising Seminar with the African Business Community, jointly organized with the AfCFTA Secretariat<br>&nbsp;</p>

OIC: Trade and market intelligence for ICDT
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Mathieu
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Loridan
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loridan@intracen.org

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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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AfCFTA: Empowering women in the AfCFTA - Phase 2 (SheTrades)
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Ma Diyina Gem
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Arbo
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darbo@intracen.org
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Making the AfCFTA work for women entrepreneurs and producers

A 2020 ITC survey of 70 African women's business associations found that 70% of them have not been meaningfully involved in negotiations and their members are not taking advantage of existing regional trade agreements.

To make the AfCFTA work for women, SheTrades adopts a four-pronged approach to engage with African women and their business associations, and to promote their participation in and shaping of the AfCFTA:

  • Developed 9 policy briefs on priorities for women in trade facilitation, non-tariff barriers, standards, trade in services, ICTs & digital trade, strengthening women’s associations, investment, competition, intellectual property, and e-commerce.
  • Published 44 recommendations on Phase I issues for women in the AfCFTA
  • Mobilized more than 50 women’s business associations across the continent
  • Organized peer-to-peer and knowledge-sharing sessions
  • Kicked-off the development of a formal network
  • Supported women’s business associations with training on sustainable business development models, governance of associations, service portfolio development, and risk management
  • Bolstered policy advocacy skills
  • Provided technical assistance and capacity building on gender-mainstreaming into AfCFTA national strategies
  • Supported national-level consultations on gender issues and the AfCFTA
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The SheTrades Initiative has developed a range of AfCFTA-related resources for women entrepreneurs, women’s business associations, and policymakers:

Modules on the SheTrades Virtual Learning Space

  • Fostering an Inclusive African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA): English - French
  • Making COMESA Work for Women: English
  • Leveraging Intra-Regional Trade in the Context of ECCAS and the AfCFTA for Women: English - French

 

 

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SheTrades AfCFTA brochure

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">Given the AfCFTA&apos;s potential to foster regional value chains and its ambition to encompass goods, services, intellectual property, competition and investment, it is critical that women are well-positioned to seize opportunities in regional trade.&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-GB">The project,<strong>&nbsp;SheTrades: Empowering Women in the African Continental Free Trade Area&mdash;Phase &nbsp;II,&nbsp;</strong>contributes to &nbsp;<strong>ITC One Trade Africa strategy</strong> on African regional integration. It aims to empower women entrepreneurs<span>&nbsp;</span>to benefit from trade opportunities created by the AfCFTA. The project will help design a more inclusive AfCFTA by providing women&rsquo;s business associations with capacity-building, networking platforms and support for effective policy advocacy on AfCFTA Phase II issues; leveraging the private sector to foster women&rsquo;s economic empowerment through the AfCFTA; working with ECOWAS to strengthen the ecosystem for women; and promoting public private sector dialogues on women and trade across selected countries.&nbsp;</span></p>

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Supportive business ecosystem: Institutions and Ecosystems for Business Support
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Saskia
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Marx
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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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UEMOA: Projet de développement des exportations sous AGOA
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Thomas
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Bechmann
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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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ECOWAS: West Africa Competitiveness Programme (WACOMP)
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Yared
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Befecadu
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Expanding West African trade 

The West African Competitiveness Programme, or WACOMP, harnesses the expertise of the International Trade Centre (ITC) to increase regional integration through trade. We promote conducive business environments and greater participation of the private sector in a public-private dialogue on trade policy.

Our regional programme concentrates on improving micro, small and medium-sized enterprises’ access to secure investments and improving their regional reach. We also work to advance production and processing in the agro-food industry.

To improve business performance and value chain connectivity, we are reinforcing national trade and investment support institutions as well as supporting the ECOWAS Trade Promotion Organisations Network to share best practices and insights.

WACOMP also operates national programmes in Guinea, Senegal and Sierra Leone, which advance particular national priorities. 

Business tools 

We are extending the use of ITC technological tools to gather comprehensive information in the region.

The WACOMP Observatory is a monitoring tool for the trade competitiveness of West African countries, aiding policymakers in defining trade policies and supporting local SMEs in integrating into regional value chains. The Trade Obstacles Alert Mechanism (TOAM) identifies existing trade barriers with the goal of addressing them to improve regional trade flows. 

Additionally, ITC has integrated the ECOWAS trade map tool (ECOTIS) on the ECOWAS Commission’s website. This tool assists in tracking trade performance and capitalizing on potential trade opportunities in the region.  

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The first training session was a mind-opener to the growth opportunities that exist in other African markets. My team looks forward to learning more on how we can build resilience as we scale up.
The first training session was a mind-opener to the growth opportunities that exist in other African markets. My team looks forward to learning more on how we can build resilience as we scale up.
Kwesi Kwofie
DATAWARE
Technology and services company
Technology and services company
Above all, the trainings have enabled us to see our strategies from a new angle, consider export possibilities, and to think about different scenarios. Today, with our selection, which my team and I are very proud of, we hope that the tools that will be made available to us will enable us to further strengthen our strategy and be able to sell in the sub-regional market.
Above all, the trainings have enabled us to see our strategies from a new angle, consider export possibilities, and to think about different scenarios. Today, with our selection, which my team and I are very proud of, we hope that the tools that will be made available to us will enable us to further strengthen our strategy and be able to sell in the sub-regional market.
Aichatoun Amadou Toure
CODESIGN
Technology and communication start-up
Technology and communication start-up
Through the WACOMP trainings, we discovered insidious actions that we were carrying out without much attention. This has led us to review our commercial approaches. I appreciate the open-mindedness of the facilitators and participants as well.
Through the WACOMP trainings, we discovered insidious actions that we were carrying out without much attention. This has led us to review our commercial approaches. I appreciate the open-mindedness of the facilitators and participants as well.
Fabrice Sonzahi
AFRIX
Open data and AI technology company
Open data and AI technology company
Both the B2B and the trade fair were very essential to our individual businesses as we had a positive connection with potential buyers and companies. The only source of knowledge is experience.
Both the B2B and the trade fair were very essential to our individual businesses as we had a positive connection with potential buyers and companies. The only source of knowledge is experience.
Nyakeh Abdulai
Sinava Women Agricultural Development Association (SiWADA)

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WACOMP Guinea

In retrospect, the Pineapple Sector Revival Project (REFILA) emerges as a pivotal WACOMP initiative, championed by ITC. 

The project sought to revitalize Guinea's pineapple industry by optimizing the entire value chain, fostering sustainable economic growth, and creating a conducive business environment. During the project, 327 tonnes of pineapple were exported in Africa and internationally 

As a result of the project, 14 businesses were launched thanks to ITC' support, including three owned by women owned. Networking activities led to 339 business contacts  reported by beneficiaries. 

As an implementing partner, the ITC strategically facilitated Guinean pineapple access to international markets through market identification, robust marketing plans, client support in new export ventures, and crucial linkages with target markets. 

The project spotlighted Guinea's diverse pineapple varieties, emphasizing the potential for niche markets and international exports. 

Crucially, the initiative was made possible through the support of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the Comité de Liaison Europe-Afrique-Caraïbes-Pacifique. 

With a focus on the Baronne de Rothschild and smooth Cayenne varieties, the project sought to position Guinea prominently in the global pineapple market. 

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WACOMP Guinée

WACOMP Guinée 13 7 December 2022

Sustainable Development Goals

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

<p><span>The overall objective of the regional programme is to &lsquo;&rsquo;Strengthen the competitiveness of West Africa through an enhanced level of production, transformation and export capacities of the private sectors in line with the regional and national industrial and SME strategies&rsquo;&rsquo;. The specific objective is &lsquo;&rsquo;to improve the performance and growth of selected priority sectors and value chains and related services by stimulating their contribution to industry, regional trade and exports&rsquo;&rsquo;. The intervention of ITC in the form of the West Africa Competitiveness Programme (WACOMP) will entail the implementation of the activities related to&nbsp;</span><span>the promotion of better regional linkages among selected value chain, support to</span>&nbsp;<span>key regional intermediary organizations, the reinforcement of industrial competitiveness in the region, and the establishment of the West African Competitiveness Observatory and related business tools.</span></p>

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Guinea: Relance de la filière ananas (REFILA)
Sénégal: Programme d'appui à la Compétitivité de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (PACAO)
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Working close to businesses to overcome trade barriers 

 

In international trade, Non-Tariff measures (NTMs) are put in place for legitimate purposes such as health and safety. However, many businesses, notably in developing countries, struggle to understand the objectives of the NTMs and how to comply with them.  

Policymakers may also not be fully informed on the difficulties traders face when importing or exporting.  

Having documented trade regulations in more than 100 countries and interviewed more than 30,000 traders in 70 countries, ITC brings more transparency on NTM issues. 

 

Our Non-Tariff Measures Programme: 

  • Identifies trade obstacles to support decision makers to effectively reduce trade costs related to NTMs  

  • Establishes national mechanisms to solve NTM-related trade obstacles experienced by small and medium-sized businesses in developing countries 

  • Provides trainings to companies,  trade and investment support institutions (TISIs) and policymakers so they can better understand these trade obstacles and their effect on competitiveness 

  • Increases the transparency of trade regulations and related procedures 

 

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Non-Tariff Measures Explained
ITC Non-Tariff Measures Programme identifies trade obstacles in order to support decision makers to effectively reduce trade costs related to NTMs
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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>This project, which is financed by the preference funding from Denmark, supports ITC&rsquo;s ongoing work under its non-tariff measures (NTMs) programme, which aims at <strong>creating the evidence base that decision makers need to effectively reduce trade cost related to NTMs and create a business environment conducive to inclusive trade</strong>. The programme ensures that the concerns of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) about regulatory and procedural trade obstacles are brought to the attention of policymakers and other stakeholders, <strong>enabling them to take concrete actions to address these</strong>. The work also contributes to<strong>&nbsp;increasing the transparency of NTMs</strong> and related procedures, and provides thought leadership through research and analysis, informing national, regional and multilateral trade policy making.</p><p>The following outlines the vision for the 3-year horizon of the preference funding with a detailed results planning and budget breakdown for the 500K W1 allocation for 2018, 800K for 2019, 800K for 2020 and 300K for 2021.</p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

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While multi-dimensional poverty remains high in sub-Saharan Africa, the continent's high growth rates and youthful demographics make it an attractive investment destination. Big opportunities exist to create jobs, boost incomes and reduce poverty by connecting African small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to international trade and increasing local value addition to Africa’s assets in agrifood, manufacturing and services. ITC’s emphasis on digital connectivity and the green transition is helping transform digital landscapes across Sub Saharan Africa with our support to tech startups and tech hubs.

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