Overview

    Summary

    The 4-year EU-funded Project is a trade component of a larger EU-funded programme which aims to support Investment, Competitiveness and Trade in Central Asia, thus contributing to sustainable and inclusive economic development in the region. The Project will support the development of intra-regional and international trade in five Central Asian countries. This will be done by enhancing the transparency of cross-border requirements, removing regulatory and procedural barriers, strengthening business capability to comply with trade formalities and standards, as well as by improving cross-border e-commerce. The Project will be implemented by the International Trade Centre in close collaboration with national partners.

    The Project will target selected sectors / value chains in each country based on the export potential and accounting for participation of women in the labour force in the sector. Each intervention will be customized to meet specific needs of the beneficiary countries. A 6-month inception phase will be carried out to calibrate the project approach and customise it to each country individual needs.     

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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.

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    Our main areas of work

    Trade Facilitation Portals are online tools for transparency and predictability of cross-border trade formalities. The portals provide traders with product-specific information on procedures to facilitate export, import and transit operations. They also contribute to countries’ compliance with Article 1.2 of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

    The initiative aims to remove obstacles to trade on selected export flows originating from the Central Asian countries to reduce the time and cost of cross-border procedures. Ten intra- and extra-regional trade flows have been identified in coordination with national implementation partners. The methodology identifies key regulatory, technical, and procedural barriers faced by businesses across the trade flows, and then designs recommendations and reforms to remove them.

    The Cross-Border Management Curriculum is a series of 20 courses targeting local exporters.

    The curriculum covers topics ranging from the export process and customs procedures to the market analysis, conformity standards, international logistics, and the detailed rules for exporting specific products to specific regions.

    The partner institutions will be trained by ITC to deliver the curriculum both online, on dedicated national platforms known as Virtual Learning Spaces, and at physical workshops.

    The Export Management Coaching Initiative offers practical and action-oriented advisory services to businesses. It is delivered by local experts with extensive experience in the fields of import/export, freight forwarding and logistics. The initiative provides in-person five-day training (coaching missions) at the premises of the company, and covers five thematic export areas.

    SMEs strengthen their online trade through capacity building, advisory services and partnerships. In-depth technical assistance is provided to digitally advanced SMEs in the form of eLabs to develop and improve new online channels.

    National e-commerce strategies identify key priorities for development and proposes solutions to achieve the fastest results for successful development of the e-commerce ecosystem.

    Addressing gender-specific challenges in cross-border trade is essential for women’s economic empowerment. The gender component contributes to:

    • Raising awareness of government officials on gender-responsive trade facilitation and gender-disaggregated trade data
    • Building confidence and capacity of women on cross-border trade and trade advocacy

    Key data and achievements 2020-2021

    Success stories

    Turning ancient Kazakh jewellery traditions into business

    Kazakh small business goes global with ITC support

    Turkmenistan packaging company builds its brand through creative solutions 

    Uzbekistan’s Urban Style company: strategies on exporting luxury

    Traditional Uzbek hand-embroidered items hit international markets

    Women-owned agricultural association in Kyrgyzstan plans to expand exports

    Kyrgyzstan fashion company goes online to sell internationally

    Coaching solves Tajik company’s production challenges, improving export capacity 

     

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    ITC contact

    Silva
    Yerznkyan
    Email
    yerznkyan [at] intracen.org