Conducive policy and regulatory environment: Strategy
This project supports the Trade Development Strategies (TDS) at ITC, TDSs are core elements of the intermediate outcome / core service of ITC “A more conducive policy and regulatory environment for MSMEs”. TDS builds awareness among stakeholders on trade support needs and highlights potential opportunities for export development. For this reason, the TDS is an ideal entry point and guide for ITC’s coordinated interventions in a country.
This project enables continued innovation and refinement of methodologies and tools used in the design and implementation of strategy solutions. It also supports the maintenance of Global Public Goods such as Trade Strategy Map, as well as communications and outreach throughout the year. Finally, it supports business development activities, leading to W2-funded projects.
In the period 2018-2021, the project registered various deliverables:
1. Facilitation of various strategies, including Bhutan, Mali, Mongolia.
2. Tools updating and development, including methodologies for investment strategies, trade information strategies, trade facilitation, green trade strategies, implementation management support, and continuous upgrading of the Strategy Implementation Management Tool. The project also supported initial research into the application of Artificial Intelligence and development of a first model, as well as the update of TradeStrategyMap.
3. Business Development activities, including preparation of concept notes and project proposals for various internal and external leads. Some of these resulted in financed projects. Some examples are Curaçao NES, Myanmar NES, Micronesia Sector Strategy, Nigeria Sector Strategy.
4. Communications, including re-design of strategy brochures and production of promotional videos.
It is expected that during 2022, this project focuses on innovation, business development and communications.