Sector strategies


    ITC's sector development strategy product offers partner countries a comprehensive blueprint for the development of key sectors. They are designed to increase the value captured by the sector so that partner countries can create and maintain better jobs.

    Our sector strategies are designed according to an inclusive and participatory approach. We engage all stakeholders with a bearing on the future trade performance of the sector. This includes policymakers, trade support institutions, civil society organizations, and of course, enterprises. Through this participatory approach, we help the sector craft an ambitious yet realistic vision for what the sector can achieve within the next five years.

    Sector strategies are designed to develop specific products or subsectors by:

    Strategy design

    They can be a stand-alone strategy or part of a National Export Strategy.

    The strategy design process brings together stakeholders from the public and private sector in extensive consultations. The strategy addresses three key questions: (I) “Where are we now?”, (II) “Where do we want to go?”, and (III) “How do we get where we want to go?”.

    The strategy carries out a national level assessment, conducts a value-chain/service map analysis, and identifies competitiveness constraints.

    The national level assessment is an analysis of the country’s economic performance, trade policy, and institutional support network. It also involves a review of existing plans and strategies.

    A value chain analysis identifies where the country can capture additional sources of value.

    The competitiveness constraints identify the main issues affecting export development and become the issues to tackle through the strategy.

    Once the assessment of the country is finalised and the competitiveness constraints are identified, stakeholders define the strategic framework of each strategy.

    The strategic framework sets the vision and objectives that will be the focus of the strategy. Stakeholders will determine a common strategic vision to provide the overall direction of the strategy.

    The strategy culminates with a detailed plan of action that allocates responsibilities, specifies targets, and assigns resources. ITC works with stakeholders to design the plan of action that follows the sector-specific priorities identified through value-chain analysis, leverages opportunities to increase trade competitiveness, and targets constraints affecting the business environment.

    Finally, an implementation framework is designed to ensure that the strategy accomplishes its impact by allocating resources and assigning responsibilities.


    ITC has designed sector specific strategies for more than 50 sectors:

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    ITC contact

    Chief of Export Strategy
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