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ECOWAS: Strengthening agri-food trade in the region through institutional coordination and business support
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Yared
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Befecadu
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befecadu@intracen.org
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26 March 2024

<p>The project aims to support the organizational capacity, technical skills, service portfolio and analytical tools of regional and national organisations to improve the understanding and management of agri-food related policies and services in the ECOWAS region by:</p><ul><li><a name="_Hlk117017537">Strengthening the ECOWAS Commission coordination process and instruments related to agri-food trade;&nbsp;</a></li><li>Designing sustainable and gender sensitive agri-food trade facilitation instruments;</li><li>Improving the service portfolio of businesses support organizations to better serve the needs of agri-food businesses involved in regional trade</li></ul>

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Netherlands Trust Fund IV – Export Sector Competitiveness Programme in IT & ITES, agriculture and tourism (NTF IV)
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Tech Sector Development Coordinator
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Martin
Last name
Labbé
Email
labbe@intracen.org
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International Trade Centre’s NTF IV Inclusive Tourism project in Myanmar focused on fostering economic opportunities through the development of sustainable tourism products in Myanmar – consolidating previous project results in Kayah State and extending activities to Tanintharyi Region. In addition, the project supported Myanmar’s tourism industry at the national level in the following areas: marketing and branding, tourism statistics, and development of codes of conduct for tourists, tour operators and communities.

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The NTF IV Inclusive Tourism project is funded by the Government of The Netherlands. ITC continued its close collaboration with the Netherlands’ Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI) and its parallel tourism project assisting tour operators and the national sector associations in export promotion.

 

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In Senegal, NTF IV supported the development of the local IT/ITES sector though::

  • Strategic, inter-ministerial coordination; an information technology (IT) & information technology-enabled services (ITES) export-development strategy; and positioning of Senegal on the global IT & ITES market
  • Strengthening OPTIC (Organisation of Information Technology and Communication Professionals) as a provider of export advisory and training benefiting its current and future members
  • Developing markets with Senegal’s main trade promotion organization, ASEPEX and OPTIC using techniques already developed under NTF III for Bangladesh, Kenya and Uganda
  • Building training capacity in export marketing planning and sales
  • Mobilizing the Senegalese network of foreign trade representatives to promote IT & ITES trade opportunities to complement the work done around investment promotion.
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The NTF IV Uganda aimed to strengthen small businesses by influencing policymakers, regulators, as well as trade and investment support institutions. We also worked with private trade and business support providers, along with international market partners to create a supportive environment for IT and IT-enabled services.

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The intermediary outcomes of NTF IV were:

  • Policymakers and regulators monitored and coordinated the implementation of the endorsed the IT&ITES export plan and country marketing plan.
  • Trade and investment support institutions (ATIS, ICTAU, and UBPOA) extended and improved their export-related services for IT & ITES.
  • Small businesses and start-ups took steps to become more competitive.
  • Beneficiary companies and supported associations developed international linkages and built partnerships.

 

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This project boosted production and trade of cocoa across the value chain in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Smallholder producers improved post-harvest efficiency, connected better to markets, and complied with relevant standards.

 

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

Linking support for agribusiness and digital technologies sectors

The Netherlands Trust Fund IV (NTF IV) - Export Sector Competitiveness Programme was based on a partnership agreement between the Dutch Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI), affiliated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and the International Trade Centre. The agreement was signed in September 2017, and ran to end June 2021. NTF IV built on the successful cooperation between ITC and CBI. This cooperation has been embodied in a series of programmes called Netherlands Trust Fund I, which ended in 2009, the Netherlands Trust Fund II, which ended in June 2013, and the Netherlands Trust Fund III, which ended in June 2017.

NTF IV aimed to enhance export competitiveness of certain sectors in selected countries through an integrated approach to competitiveness built around one outcome – generation of export revenues.

ITC implemented NTF IV through four individual country/sector projects linked to joint advocacy at the global level, especially on women. CBI and ITC selected the four country/sector combinations building on jointly defined criteria including country requests, market demand, CBI/ITC and Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs priorities, and feedback from Dutch Embassies and other donors on how Netherlands assistance can best be prioritized within the comparative advantages of ITC and CBI.

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Myanmar: Inclusive tourism development with focus on Kayah state (consolidation) & Tanintharyi (extension) (NTF IV)
Senegal: Export development of IT and IT-enabled services (NTF IV)
Uganda: Export development of IT and IT-enabled services (NTF IV)
Mano River: Value Chain Development for Cocoa (NTF IV)
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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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C175
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AIM for Results: Improving TISI performance and measurement (Phase I)
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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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